Annika Hylmö, Ph.D.
As a coach and consultant, I enjoy working with people and helping them to accomplish their personal and creative goals. I have done this work for well over a decade(!) and I understand.
It can be hard to stay on track sometimes, to resist blocks and not give in, when you see that bright light shine that says, “here I am, this is what you are working on!”
I am an artist at heart. My own journey has brought me to the heart of storytelling and entertainment. I bring a clear understanding of what makes a story work and how that story relates to an audience. I write and produce, so I understand the world of visual narratives as one of both art and business.
While storytelling has always been at my core, my experiences in academia, consulting, and the American Film Institute’s Conservatory are particularly significant. In academia, I researched movies with a teen girl lead (currently HUNGER GAMES, FAULT IN OUR STARS, etc.), giving me an in-depth understanding of the relationship between story and audience at the time of release and over time itself.
After academia, I spent time consulting in a range of worlds, working primarily with strategic planning efforts, until I had the opportunity to join the staff at AFI’s Conservatory.
While I was at AFI, my network of filmmakers grew exponentially, providing me with a deeper ability to work with and connect creatives and corporate leadership. I also grew in my own ability to tell a story with heart and texture, the kinds of stories that we all want to come back to. Those are the stories that I continue to look for and to write.
You are your own story and I look forward to helping you develop it as well!