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Kelly Finerty

Film Director, Producer & Writer



Age: 39 

Country: Canada 

Years in business: 2 


Website address  


Social media links  

Instagram: @topsecretwoman


What is your business about?  


We create independent films focused on women’s experiences and storytelling. We use film and screenwriting as a medium to demystify the experience of neurodiverse women, proudly enhancing these voices through film.  


Please describe your life before starting  


In my 20s, I earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Arts, which seemed like “success” to outsiders. However, these years were marked by the intense hyper-focus of undiagnosed ADHD. After earning these degrees, which now sit in the bottom of a dusty closet, I spent 15 years in various government roles. During the pandemic, I worked in healthcare administration and hit burnout in February 2021. I reached a breaking point, sobbing to my boss about suicidal thoughts, and instead took emergency sick leave, sought therapy, and quit my job. At the time, I was unaware of my ADHD, diagnosed later at 39. A TikTok algorithm showed me women’s ADHD experiences, leading me to seek professional help. Connecting with other neurodiverse women made me realize my suppressed strengths in creative filmmaking. Thus, Typewriter Rebellion was born while writing my first screenplay, Imitates Life, which is now an award-winning short film sold to an online streaming service in California for worldwide release this year.

What made you decide to take the leap and start your own business?  


I wanted to embrace the parts of my ADHD that bring me strength through creativity, complicated problem-solving, deep dives, and beautiful storytelling through film, particularly of women who may be like me.


How would you describe your life now, as a solopreneur?  


The freedom to be who I am, schedule life as a busy mom, and create films that tell relatable stories is indescribable. It certainly has its own stresses, but the reward and purpose are unmatched by any corporate position I’ve held for most of my life.


How has your ADHD played a positive role in your business life?  


Creating worlds and characters that feel real to the reader/watcher of these films often stems from my experiences as a woman with ADHD. Whether it’s pulling from masking experiences, the pains of fitting in rather than belonging, coloring conflict and solutions through magic realism and drama/comedy writing, or deep hyper-focus in research to write science fiction for films set in the 1800s, my ADHD supports my creativity and endless curiosity. This drive helps me continuously learn and improve the business and its filmmaking craft for better representation of women in film.

What's your top tip for other ADHD women aspiring to be solopreneurs? 


Choose a support network of like-minded individuals who see your strengths and encourage you to use them to reach your definition of success. Not every day will be filled with sunshine and joy, but the key is to keep going and never quit. When your motivation wanes, boost your dopamine levels by introducing new and exciting elements into your business. Discuss your challenges with your support network, and by midday, you’ll have either discovered a new path or forged another connection to further your business success.





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