Growing up along the Zumbro River outside of Rochester, Minnesota (home to the world famous Mayo Clinic) Kayla Arend was surrounded by highly educated people who had very interesting stories. That and the natural environment she explored have inspired and informed her experiences and helped to develop her notable visual proficiency.
As an independent traveler starting at an early age, Kayla learned to quickly adapt and capture constantly changing situations. These skills have fostered her professional career and are reflected in her resume.
From the war-torn parishes of Rwanda, to an ancient pilgrimage in Spain, to the depths of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, Kayla is at home as a versatile filmmaker & photographer who is continually seeking her next visual adventure.
To decide at this time of my life what my goals are as a filmmaker, or what themes and concepts inform my work, is impossible. People change, ideas change and with that goals change. As of right now, I am inspired to create visually compelling stories of all kinds -- fiction and non-fiction.
I want to shed light on life-styles and situations that produce discomfort, inspiration, tragedy, humanity, humility, jubilation and satisfaction -- just to name a few. I want to show others how I see the world through a cinematic medium. I want to use film as an expression of culture. I want to use film to communicate different ideas in a tasteful and curious fashion. I want to compel the audience to relate to someone who is walking a completely different path from their own. I want to reveal energy, passion, discipline and struggle in my art. I want to make films and with that I want to learn more details about the process through practice and guidance.
Whether or not I get to satisfy these aspirations remains to be seen. But I shall continue to try. Working in many places for the past two years – including Rwanda, Wyoming, Spain, Minnesota, and New York City -- has helped me realize that one can make a film anywhere with any equipment (I once made a short film with my phone). Creativity is the key to a decent story told with whatever tools are available
Since graduating from Montana State University, I have continued to challenge myself and flex my creative muscles by making my own films, including several documentary films, commercials and TV shows. With experience in all aspects of production, I am eager to continue my work as an emerging artist and further my education and experience.