Hi! I'm Elena, a video producer, photographer, editor, certified drone pilot and co-founder of womenwhodrone.co. Since I was a child, I always enjoyed storytelling. Whether it was reading a story in a book or listening to my grandmother tell me about her life. I would visualize these stories and try to re-live them with my imagination.
It wasn't until I took my first Film/Video course at UCSD when I realized I wanted to document my own stories using video. After graduating college with a B.A. in Visual Arts & Theatre in 2011, I started my career as an educator teaching K-12 the video production process.
In 2013, I worked at a International TV station in San Diego as a TV Producer, Writer, and Host for my own travel show. I had the privilege of producing and hosting a nationally airing television show titled, Behind The Gates on WealthTV, where I toured some of the most luxurious properties around the world. I also featured classic cars, luxury yachts, and French castles to 20.5 million households across the nation, parts of the Caribbean and Asia.
After my time as a producer in the TV industry, I decided I wanted to enmesh myself into the social media world where I believe the future of video lives. So, in 2014, I made a career move and started working for a San Diego social media start-up company called JumbleJoy.com. As their first Video Producer, I branded and built their video team and created over 350 viral short-form videos that reached a combined audience of over 100 million. In 2016, I moved to San Francisco to work for a company called Brit.co where I produced, directed and hosted their online classes, Snap Chat and Facebook Live videos.
As a result of my video production experience and passion for creating shareable videos for the web, I have developed a skill for managing social media accounts from Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for brands and companies looking to refresh their social media presence. From my early work as a shooter and editor to my current position as a director, producer and drone pilot, my understanding of this process has helped me improve my work as a creative professional. Currently, I run a drone blog and community outlet for female drone pilots and enthusiasts around the world. We encourage support, inspire and encourage women to reach for the sky and create engaging aerial content.
In addition to hosting, producing and creating viral video content, I enjoy singing Karaoke, yoga, reading and improvising at local improv houses. I currently reside in New York with my pup, @malbecthedoggy and continue my work as a Producer, Drone Pilot and Social Media Consultant.