I met McKenzie on a cold December morning as we drove west to Little Sahara. There were five of us and we had exactly 40 minutes on the cold swirling sand to make portraits that supported the in-progress production of The Little Prince. The turn around and asks were direct- we needed to communicate the character relationships that made Sackerson’s “The Little Prince” the lasting and memorable telling it is. Our time limit was significant, the cold biting and our collaboration new. And we did it. McKenzie and the entire Sackerson team were focused and talented inspired by what it means to collaborate creatively.
Now, two years later, with so many beautiful stories and characters explored, McKenzie hired me to make these portraits for her. We worked at Ultraviolet Studios using the cyclorama wall, mobile walls, and a piece of really wrinkly duck cloth I flopped over our clothing rack. I love the undone messiness of it. We played a playlist we both loved, we both sang, we both laughed a bunch and talked about mutual friends, and work.
I knew little about McKenzie aside from my admiration of her as a compelling actor who communicates the nuance, puzzling intersections of life and death, discovery and searching, love and loss. She has an ability to focus the nuance of a character’s story inviting the crowd to connect with the wonderful equalizing experiences of being human.
McKenzie invests in herself. She sees her own talent and she moves forward exploring it more, growing what she loves. She regularly invests in photography to document her evolution, her change, and her growth. It was my pleasure to document her, to see and spend time getting to know a woman who knows how to channel her infinite being into characters that communicate what it means to exist.
Check out McKenzie’s work and reel HERE.