She attended UCLA and received a bachelor's degree in history, and then a Master's degree in film and television.
Creel produced her first film in 1994, helping out a friend whose producer had been involved in a car accident. She also worked for the game Hollywood Stock Exchange (HSX). In 1998 she founded a film production company, Ignite Entertainment, with HSX's Michael Burns as President of Production. Creel now runs Creel Studio, a production company specializing in food, travel and lifestyle content and is an award winning photographer and filmmaker.