Expressive. Sometimes garrulous.
Rarely without a smile.
Always with a pen, planner, and camera (phone counts) on hand.
I thought I would end up being a doctor...BUT that is not the case. My sister crushed me when she flat out told me I would end up writing and being in a field where I would need to exercise my creativity. I was only 8 years old at the time. She was right (per usual). Thanks Magic 8-Ball!
Decades later... I write and produce for a living. I wouldn't want to do anything else... with the exception of being a world class sailor! Another life, perhaps.
Growing up, I had a vivid imagination. Writing poetry and fictional stories was what I loved to do most...next to swimming. There was always a story to be told (sometimes about super heroes and haunted mansions) and feelings to express. I have countless journals and notebooks... some are forever lost in dumpster land and others are strewn about somewhere in my house.
Volunteering has been a big part of my life and I grew up loving the YMCA...even joined one of their student clubs where we promoted diversity in the school and in the community. We organized events and created elaborate displays for all to see.
Little did I know, all the small things I loved doing, would add up to something greater in my adulthood.
My passion for the community landed me my first TV gig at the NBC station in Minneapolis. I felt like such an ugly duckling as a teen... zits, frizz and all. I couldn't believe my face would appear on people's television screens. I never dreamed about being on television. In fact, I was perfectly content hiding under the covers during a thunderstorm. Surprisingly, I lasted in front of the camera for several years after that. That experience opened doors to so many other things and allowed me to live in other cities. My journey to different newsrooms and companies helped me discover I wanted to tell stories for the rest of my life, but in my own way, and on different platforms.
Now I'm on my own - teaming up or riding solo on creative projects. I come up with fresh ideas, coordinate logistics and crews, or create things from scratch. I thrive and grow the most when I am working with different teams on a variety of subject matter. Some days I'm writing scripts for a new scientific product, interviewing individuals for a video campaign, tracking details for a live production, balancing budgets, or capturing images and sounds for a local organization.
Every day is different and I love it!
My heart is open to all of the glorious opportunities of creating, informing, and inspiring.
I am living my dream (no one said it would be easy, but it's worth it in the end).