People often ask, “So…exactly what do you do?” The answer is complicated. As a seeker of experiences and knowledge from a young age, my interests were so wildly varied that I had trouble pinning down exactly what I wanted out of life. My first job was as a veterinary assistant, and through the years, I’ve been in business development and sales, I’ve been a children’s book editor, screenwriter, web designer, illustrator, worked as a nanny, and taught technology, arts, and science to K-5th grade at a charter school for six years. I’ve been a bartender, personal assistant, bookkeeper, and professional musician. So when people say, “What do you do?” I often flippantly answer, “What don’t I do?”
In the same way I have sought professional satisfaction, I have traveled to faraway places and lived all over the United States, seeking a state of spiritual and physical “rightness.” I cook and bake prolifically, have a respectable depth of knowledge about foraging and medicinal plants, gardening, music, contemporary art, brewing and wine making.
After all these years of gathering skills and testing the waters, living in lots of different places, around lots of different people, I find myself happily settled back in LA with a mission and, finally, a skill set to make my dreams a reality. I’ve been asked if I regret not focusing on a single career path; if I regret being “behind” people my age. It took a collection of experiences to get me to this place, and I am directly where I want to be.
My passion is supporting others. I have always loved helping people get small businesses off the ground. I loved being an educator and mentor, and I enjoy feeding my friends. I like that I’m great at fixing problems. And combined with the creativity and skills my husband possesses, we’re kind of our own little dream team. What we are not capable of doing, we have a deep network of talented, skilled friends to fill the gaps. So, that’s what we (my husband, Tyson, and my best friend, Nate – and I) did. We connected with other driven, skilled people of a multitude of backgrounds and interests in our communities. We launched a label and an art gallery. We choose now to focus our efforts on building a supportive community that recognizes quality artistry of all types.
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