Jami Rhodes

Jami Rhodes

Screenwriter

Los Angeles, California

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About Jami


My name is Jami Rhodes and I’m a 37 years young black woman surviving everyday in Los Angeles. I’m originally from Norristown PA, a small suburb right outside of Philadelphia. I’ve been in LA since October 2011. I came to not only fulfill a lifelong dream but to receive my MFA in Screenwriting from New York Film Academy. It has been a journey, a continuing exploration of self discovery.

Now I could go into a normal bio, I was born, lived, went to high school, etc… but what would be the fun in that. Compelling stories aren’t just written, they are lived. I truly believe that I was given the gift of words and that gift gives me the ability to take my experiences and share them with the world. My life experiences had taken me to places and people I never knew existed, and I’m more than grateful. I’ve seen firsthand how diverse and complex this world is. We live in a world filled with amazingly different people whether their black/white, straight/gay, Christian/Muslim, rich/poor, etc….we are all here together so why not show that.

These past three years especially has put me to the test. There are some strange places in LA, that’s for sure. I keep pushing forward learning and growing not just as a writer but as a person. I didn’t give up a great government job with benefits and a pension or move miles away from everything and everyone I love just to give up on my dream because the road unexpectedly became extremely hard. My dream is write stories that inspire, enlighten, and entertain for years to come.

My ultimate goal is to be a television writer. I feel like television is the only forum that pushes boundaries and can raise consciousness. Great stories are about the good, bad, and ugly. Television is able to explore, in depth, different worlds and the truth about those worlds whatever it may be. I also feel that television especially cable television has more creative freedom than film. I want to bring to life the different worlds I’ve experienced and the different people I’ve come to know.

Everything I’ve said and done in my life has brought me to here and now. No more should of, could of, would of and more can do, will do, must do. Now I’m doing what any great writer must do, take everything I know I learned, think I learned, and hope I learned and write the hell out of it

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