A graduate of the infamous Second City conservatory program, and countless sketch comedy troupes under my belt. I have been comedy’s bitch for as long as I can remember. I attended the LACC film school. That was when the light came on, writing and directing is like I’m playing every character, and I don’t have to keep my hair looking the same as my headshots!! I stopped acting and jumped head long into the deep dark water of production.
If I were to pick a genre where I feel is my niche for writing, it would be thriller/horror. I have placed in a few screenwriting contests in that genre, and won the Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest with my psychological ghost thriller “Past Crimes”. I guess it was the endless noon viewings of the original “Twilight Zone” growing up that seeped into my brain and wouldn’t leave. Of course, everything I write has a touch of humor, no matter how dark the subject. Which is where I have won my directing accolades. They’ve all been comedy shorts and a comedy webseries I created and directed. I live on the corner of funny but twisted.
Currently I’m working in the digital realm, producing online content. I do love getting to be creative on a daily basis, and on the side I write articles for a Disney news site – so I am ALWAYS writing. I want more and I will always be working toward seeing a screenplay reached to completion – directing said screenplay? All the better!!
Who I am, is a storyteller, and I always have been. Before I could spell, I would draw a sequence of pictures and have my mom write the words for me. Being the storyteller/director I get to be every character of the script, I get to dive deep and understand everyone’s motivation and how it relates to every other character – it’s like being the conductor of an orchestra in desperate need of therapy. While I’m working, I love discovering and drawing out hidden bits of comedy. I get excited by a well-crafted build up, resulting in an awesome pay off. I get that it’s incredibly hard to get into this business, the fact that my dream is to be a director and I’m a woman, it seems almost unattainable. I can’t express how heartbreaking and infuriating that is. But I can’t get discouraged, my soul can’t let my head give up. It’s all I want to do. I picture myself making films that cause viewers to laugh, to be moved, and to feel. To do all the things that we all want when we go to the movies – to escape in another world. I want to create those worlds.
Name: Cher Lytle
Lives in: Studio City, Los Angeles County, California
Company: Awestruck TV
Occupation: Director, Screenwriter and Producer