We’re almost halfway through Women in Horror Month and I’d like to take a moment to recognize one of my personal friends, Carmela Hayslett. She blew up in the independent horror scene as the host of “Roxsy Tyler’s Carnival of Horrors” from 2010 – 2013, a web-series which saw her writing, producing, and directing. It was also during this time that the production company, Potent Media, was kicking off in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. As part of the Potent Media family, Carmela starred in a number of the company’s films while helping behind the scenes, too. She was an assistant editor on Deer Crossing (2012) – a Redbox hit for being “the sickest film ever” – and scifi’s Apocalypse Kiss and worked as a casting director on the upcoming Potent feature, Sugar Skull Girls.
In 2012 Carmela Hayslett really stepped out on her own and started writing, producing, and directing her own short films. So far she’s been the creator of three: Eliza’s Diary (2012), award winning Death Follows (2013), and the horror host send off Roxsy & Me (2014). Although these films were all produced under Potent Media, Carmela occasionally steps out of her comfort zone and works as a still photographer on features like Sickness (2011) and upcoming Reichsfuhrer-SS (2015). As an actress, she has also appeared in titles such as Blood Slaughter Massacre (2013), “Zombie Hunters: City of the Dead” from 2012 – 2014, and A Dark Place Inside (2014).
She is currently available for a variety of behind-the-scenes jobs and is a freelance demo reel creator who’s well worth the price!