Spent her first seven years traveling around the American South and Midwest with her father's carnival, Magic Empire Shows (date approximate)
Worked as a waitress for 12 years; one employer was the International House of Pancakes
Worked as film editor before forming own company, Rock 'n' Reel; produced and directed promotional films for the music industry
Worked on two Lily Tomlin specials in the 1970s; first professional association with writer (and future "Saturday Night Live" producer) Lorne Michaels
Produced seven short films directed by Albert Brooks for "Saturday Night Live"
First feature as producer, Albert Brooks' documentary spoof, "Real Life"
Produced, directed, wrote screenplay and provided additional photography for "The Decline of Western Civilization", an acclaimed documentary feature about the LA punk scene
Directed first narrative feature, "Suburbia"
Provided the screenplay for "Summer Camp Nightmare/The Butterfly Revolution"
Directed the quasi-sequel documentary, "The Decline of Western Civilization Part II, The Metal Years"
Worked in the recording industry as an A&R exec, a high-profile talent scout; signed her first band--Grave Danger--to MCA Records
TV directing debut, "Thunder and Mud", a cable pay-per-view special featuring female mud wrestling set to LA-based rock bands
Joined the staff of the hit sitcom "Roseanne" during its secong season to serve as story editor
Co-directed "Decade", an MTV special about 1980s trends
Feature acting debut, "Wedding Band"
TV fiction directing debut, "Prison Stories: Women on the Inside" on "HBO Showcase"; directed the segment entitled "New Chicks"
Network TV directing debut, "Visitors From the Unknown", a CBS reality-based special about extraterrestrial encounters
Directed her commercial breakthrough, the surprise blockbuster comedy, "Wayne's World", from the popular "SNL" sketches
Created, executive produced, directed the pilot and sometimes provided the story for "Danger Theatre", a short-lived Fox Adventure spoof
Directed the comedy "The Beverly Hillbillies," a feature adaptation of the classic TV show
Directed the feature adaptation "The Little Rascals," based on the classic theatrical "Our Gang" short subject series and successful TV series
Directed the comedy "Black Sheep," starring SNL alum Chris Farley and David Spade
Helmed the documentary "The Decline of Western Civilization Part III," which gives an accurate picture of homeless teenagers living off the streets of L.A.
Helmed "We Sold Our Souls for Rock 'n Roll," a documentary on Ozzfest, the rock extravaganza produced by Sharon Osbourne
Helmed "The Crooked E: The Unshredded Truth About Enron" a documentary on the rise and fall of the Enron company, as seen from the perspective of employee Brian Cruver
Directed the comedy "The Kid & I," starring Tom Arnold and Joe Mantegna