Interned at Goldman Sachs after her junior year at Georgetown, but ultimately eschewed a career in finance for film.
Dropped out of college before her senior year and spent a year in Cuba filming the documentary Boxers and Ballerinas (2004) before returning to school.
Was the 2005 class valedictorian at Georgetown.
Had two films that she co-produced, co-wrote and starred in accepted at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival—Another Earth and Sound of My Voice.
Unable to afford extras and costumes for a scene in Sound of My Voice, she had to wrap herself in a bedsheet and stroll along a city's skid-row area while filmmakers shot from a van on the street.
Another Earth was directed and co-written by Mike Cahill, and Sound of My Voice was directed and co-written by Zal Batmanglij; both men were her classmates at Georgetown and the three shared a house in California after graduation.
Appeared in Henry Wolfe's 2011 music video "Someone Else."