Shala – 31 – Medical Communications Specialist (Oncology) / Independent Film Blogger – Atlanta, GA


I am a Southern girl, born and raised in Louisiana with my home currently in Georgia. I am a true mix of left- and right-brainedness. I am an Emory-educated, medical research-trained PhD who now works in oncology medical affairs as my daytime profession. I am also a lover of films, especially independent cinema, and have carried this passion over to blogging, attending film festivals, and connecting with people in the film industry.

Favorites (hover / click to see name)

  • music

    • Mumford & Sons
    • Corinne Bailey Rae
    • James Morrison
    • Vampire Weekend
    • John Legend
  • movies

    • Memento
    • Fight Club
    • (500) Days of Summer
    • Love Jones
    • Pride & Prejudice
  • publications

    • Entertainment Weekly
    • GQ
    • 'The Imperfectionists' by Tom Rachman
    • 'The Time Traveler's Wife' by Audrey Niffenegger
    • 'The Watchman' by Alan Moore (story) and Dave Gibbons (art)
  • I am BlerdNation because...

    I have come to strongly believe what has always been the case - smart and opinionated is the new cool.

  • Who is your blerd role model? Why?

    Barack Obama. He is the right mix of intelligence, swagger, and funny. He's the ultimate blerd.

  • How do you stay connected to other blerds?

    I'm a Twitter fiend so that remains the best way to find me, get in touch with me, and for me to stay connected with others.

  • What’s your most awkward blerd moment?

    Trying to explain to my mom what a 'blerd' is.

  • What’s your favorite word/phrase?

    Fictitious. I love the way it rolls off of the tongue. Also, being a film blogger, I get to use it alot.

  • What are your goals/passions?

    My passion is great movies. My goal is to make film writing and interactions with people in the film industry a solid second career. I would love to get into film festival programming one day.

  • What are you listening to, watching, or reading that impacts you or that is giving you a different perspective?

    For me, 'Mad Men' is one of those great shows that really inspires dialogue on so much - fashion, politics, business, culture. It's a stunning representation of many attitudes and aspects of the past which may then give us a different perspective on the present.

  • Are there any famous, or not-so-famous, people that you think would be a great addition to BlerdNation?

    Donald Glover. He's who I think of when I think of a 'blerd' around my age.

  • What advice would you give to other blerds?

    Be true to yourself.

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