WHO WE ARE

3AM Thoughts is a Chicago-based production company focused on telling compelling, thought-provoking and personal stories founded by 4 women.

Meet the Team

Hey all, my name is  Kristen Tepper . You can call me Tepper. I currently reside in LA, living the actual LA dream. But even with the glorious weather and opportunities, I couldn't stop thinking about my hometown of Chicago. Chicago is a character in itself and is filled with so much untapped talent, possibility, and grit. Which is why I reached out to three of the most passionate and powerful women I knew to make 3 AM Thoughts Production a reality.   Tepper on Insta

Hey all, my name is Kristen Tepper. You can call me Tepper. I currently reside in LA, living the actual LA dream. But even with the glorious weather and opportunities, I couldn't stop thinking about my hometown of Chicago. Chicago is a character in itself and is filled with so much untapped talent, possibility, and grit. Which is why I reached out to three of the most passionate and powerful women I knew to make 3 AM Thoughts Production a reality.

Tepper on Insta

My name is Ashley Lackinger and i'm a Midwest gal through and through. Born and raised in the suburbs and now living in Chicago. When I'm not writing, filming, producing, or acting, you can catch me talking my husband into taking instagram pictures of me in our alley for my blog or binge-watching the next new show on Netflix. I'm an eternal optimist, lover of dogs, and a really loud laugher. I'm so incredibly excited to partner with 3 of the most amazing women I know for 3 AM Thoughts and can't wait to see the different stories we bring to life. All too often, the entertainment industry is cut-throat, competitive, and singular. But I think the future is kind, compassionate, and inclusive and I'm excited to be a part of a production company that leads by example.   Ashley on Insta

My name is Ashley Lackinger and i'm a Midwest gal through and through. Born and raised in the suburbs and now living in Chicago. When I'm not writing, filming, producing, or acting, you can catch me talking my husband into taking instagram pictures of me in our alley for my blog or binge-watching the next new show on Netflix. I'm an eternal optimist, lover of dogs, and a really loud laugher. I'm so incredibly excited to partner with 3 of the most amazing women I know for 3 AM Thoughts and can't wait to see the different stories we bring to life. All too often, the entertainment industry is cut-throat, competitive, and singular. But I think the future is kind, compassionate, and inclusive and I'm excited to be a part of a production company that leads by example.

Ashley on Insta

Hi All, I'm Coco Fernandez. I currently live in a small, southern Illinois town near St. Louis, though I consider Chicago my true heart’s home. I studied musical theatre performance at Columbia College Chicago, but have been working in film production for the past four years as a director, sound op, director of photography and actor. I am also a certified yoga instructor, a huge advocate for mental health, and an obsessive Fall Out Boy fan. I am so excited to be a part of this 3AM team because I believe that everyone has stories to tell and the ability to create them into visual pieces of art. I can’t wait to hang with all of you on and off set!   Coco on Insta

Hi All, I'm Coco Fernandez. I currently live in a small, southern Illinois town near St. Louis, though I consider Chicago my true heart’s home. I studied musical theatre performance at Columbia College Chicago, but have been working in film production for the past four years as a director, sound op, director of photography and actor. I am also a certified yoga instructor, a huge advocate for mental health, and an obsessive Fall Out Boy fan. I am so excited to be a part of this 3AM team because I believe that everyone has stories to tell and the ability to create them into visual pieces of art. I can’t wait to hang with all of you on and off set!

Coco on Insta

I'm Paige Johnson, I currently live in Mt. Greenwood, the furthest South Suburb of the city! My background is quite the melting pot, consisting of improv, writing, performing, acting, etc. What do I do for my day job? I am a personal trainer and holistic nutritionist. So why am I a part of 3 AM Thoughts? I am passionate about creating material that can affect people’s lives, and something people can connect to. I want to be people’s scapegoat, a safe haven, or their wonderland, where they can go and forget about everything. Creating this production company with such wonderful women is a surreal feeling, and here’s to all of the great projects moving forward!   Paige on Insta

I'm Paige Johnson, I currently live in Mt. Greenwood, the furthest South Suburb of the city! My background is quite the melting pot, consisting of improv, writing, performing, acting, etc. What do I do for my day job? I am a personal trainer and holistic nutritionist. So why am I a part of 3 AM Thoughts? I am passionate about creating material that can affect people’s lives, and something people can connect to. I want to be people’s scapegoat, a safe haven, or their wonderland, where they can go and forget about everything. Creating this production company with such wonderful women is a surreal feeling, and here’s to all of the great projects moving forward!

Paige on Insta

 
Hi all! My name is Samantha Christine Rodriguez and I am currently living in Chicago. Born and raised in Chicago's northwest side, I've always loved the city life and the adventure that comes with it. I've also always had an incredible passion for acting and film. I've wanted to be an actress since I was 3, and yes being an only child had  everything  to do with it (I got so good at playing pretend!). From acting to improv, I've enjoyed learning from some of the best places in this city, like Second City and IO Chicago. While a career in acting is a continued goal and motivation of mine, working behind the camera has taught me so much about my craft, as well as solidified my passion for the industry. I've enjoyed the production part of creating this magic so much, and it has given me a new appreciation for all of the detailed geniuses behind every film or TV show. I love to spot all of the little nuances on screen and analyze director's choices and actor's portrayals. When I'm not binge-watching Netflix or re-watching episodes of my absolute favorite show "The Office," I'm spending quality time with the people who mean the most to me (shout out to mama!). I am beyond excited to work with this amazing group of women and be a part of the 3AM team because of the originality, bravery, and true grit behind this company. The stories that we want to tell are the ones that  need  to be told.   I am incredibly passionate about telling stories that people can connect to, laugh at, cry with, and reflect on their lives, or even the world, because of it. This connection to an audience is so profound it can change the world. I'm so incredibly blessed and humbled to have this opportunity and meet amazing people along the way. Let's make magic!   Check out Samantha On Instagram

Hi all! My name is Samantha Christine Rodriguez and I am currently living in Chicago. Born and raised in Chicago's northwest side, I've always loved the city life and the adventure that comes with it. I've also always had an incredible passion for acting and film. I've wanted to be an actress since I was 3, and yes being an only child had everything to do with it (I got so good at playing pretend!). From acting to improv, I've enjoyed learning from some of the best places in this city, like Second City and IO Chicago. While a career in acting is a continued goal and motivation of mine, working behind the camera has taught me so much about my craft, as well as solidified my passion for the industry. I've enjoyed the production part of creating this magic so much, and it has given me a new appreciation for all of the detailed geniuses behind every film or TV show. I love to spot all of the little nuances on screen and analyze director's choices and actor's portrayals. When I'm not binge-watching Netflix or re-watching episodes of my absolute favorite show "The Office," I'm spending quality time with the people who mean the most to me (shout out to mama!). I am beyond excited to work with this amazing group of women and be a part of the 3AM team because of the originality, bravery, and true grit behind this company. The stories that we want to tell are the ones that need to be told. I am incredibly passionate about telling stories that people can connect to, laugh at, cry with, and reflect on their lives, or even the world, because of it. This connection to an audience is so profound it can change the world. I'm so incredibly blessed and humbled to have this opportunity and meet amazing people along the way. Let's make magic!

Check out Samantha On Instagram

The love of city living, people, communications and diversity brought Rachel to Chicago three and a half years ago from Wisconsin where she was born and raised. While working in athletic communications, she realized how much loved using creativity and building relationships through storytelling to create a product. Since, she's worked with actors, athletes and more of all different ages and levels doing just that! One of her favorite projects was traveling to Haiti and creating a "day in the life" story with the children at the orphanage she was staying at. When not traveling, Rachel loves spending time with her family and friends, exercising and exploring the city!   Check out Rachel on Insta

The love of city living, people, communications and diversity brought Rachel to Chicago three and a half years ago from Wisconsin where she was born and raised. While working in athletic communications, she realized how much loved using creativity and building relationships through storytelling to create a product. Since, she's worked with actors, athletes and more of all different ages and levels doing just that! One of her favorite projects was traveling to Haiti and creating a "day in the life" story with the children at the orphanage she was staying at. When not traveling, Rachel loves spending time with her family and friends, exercising and exploring the city!

Check out Rachel on Insta

 

WHAT WE DO

We cultivate an environment where creators can develop their work, find their crew and bring their ideas and stories to life. 


WHY WE DO IT

To give Chicago artists and creators who want to tell their story, a chance to do so. Shaking up the industry by bringing more light to diverse storylines and giving artists power over their work in an effective and professional manner.

GIVING BACK

3 AM Thoughts Production not only wants to create meaningful content but while doing so we want to give back to one of the most beautiful and diverse communities in the United States. Focusing first on mentorship for any interested party and then moving to ensuring that each project involves fundraising or donations towards specific charities or organizations that align with the projects message.

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