(written from a Production point of view)
Rakes earned a BA in Moving Image Arts from the College of Santa Fe in 2005. She studied acting under Darlene Hanson, Michelle Danner, and Larry Moss and appeared in television commercials and student films. Rakes had featured parts in the television series 12 Miles of Bad Road, Monk, and Big Love.
She worked as production assistant for the drama Around the Bend (2004), as art department production assistant for the comedy Employee of the Month (2006, with Andy Dick, Brian George, Sean Whalen, and Susse Budde), and as assistant to Josh Brolin on the thriller No Country for Old Men (2007, with Stephen Root and Thomas Kopache).
More recently, Rakes worked as art department production assistant on the television film Night and Day (2009, with Conor O'Farrell), the comedy Saint John of Las Vegas (2009, with Sarah Silverman and John Cho), and the drama Friendship (2009, with Todd Stashwick).