Lydia Hurlbut is CEO of the Filmmakers Academy. Founded in 2009, the educational platform delivers comprehensive industry knowledge instructed by leading filmmaking professionals. In addition to Filmmakers Academy, Hurlbut is a certified life/business coach and a Holy Fire III Reiki practitioner.
For more than two decades, Hurlbut advocated and implemented health and wellness standards within a variety of professions. First graduating from Simmons College in Boston, MA, Hurlbut began a career as a pediatric nurse at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles. After earning a master’s degree in forensic nursing at the University of Virginia a few years later, she specialized in investigating sexual violence. It was during this time, Hurlbut helped develop a program for law enforcement to prevent psychological burnout due to the nature of their work.