A private school LA girl who lived between South Central and Inglewood, Neima
turned to dance and writing to escape a pull between opposing worlds. She blew off steam by creating a snarky, comedic voice she acted out with Barbie dolls and by directing (forcing) her friends on the playground to learn and perform her choreography. All of this led her to creating colorful stories for TV, novels, and commercials about coming of age and coming to.
Preferring life South of the 10 freeway, Neima most recently ventured out as Writers Assistant on Amazon’s YEARLY DEPARTED. Prior to that, she was a showrunner's assistant on Netflix's FIRST KILL. She also co-created a comedy web series Sad-Ass Black Folk that was ranked the #1 web series to watch by Shadow; Act and was sponsored by Headspace. Her dance film “I tried so hard for you” premiered on Blavity TV in 2022. During her undergraduate and graduate studies, she interned at multiple companies including Amazon Studios, Paramount Features, Paramount Television, JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot, Heyday Films, and on the set of ’42’.
Since focusing on comedy and young adult writing, her scripts have made it to the semifinalist rounds of the Macro & The Black List Episodic Lab, The ATX Pitch Competition Second Round, and the 2019 Sundance Episodic Lab. On Coverfly, her pilot ‘SK8’ is top 21% of all half-hour television projects and her manuscript Lost, Forgotten is ranked in the top 21% of all manuscript projects. She earned a BA in World Arts and Cultures/Dance, Magna Cum Laude, from UCLA and MFA from USC in Film and Television Production.
She is a Jackie Robinson Foundation alum and Extra Innings Fellow. Dedicated to both stories and service for young adults, she serves as a Jackie Robinson Foundation mentor and application reader and DEI Co-Chair for Marlborough School’s Young Alumnae Committee. She is also on the Dinner Committee and trailblazing the Alumnae Engagement Committee for the Independent School Alliance.
When she's not writing, directing, or dancing, she's probably rollerskating, eating french fries, or yelling “get off the couch” at her standard Schnauzer. She is most passionate about telling the stories of young adults of the high school and college ages while simultaneously serving the age group with her volunteer efforts.
Alumni Spotlight: Neima Patterson