I grew up in a small town outside of Vancouver, British Columbia. In Maple Ridge, I immersed myself in live music and nature, and throughout my teen years became entranced by the art of storytelling. I first used photography as a way of expressing myself and telling stories which soon diversified into spoken word poetry and narrative fiction. Once I became a part of the storytelling community, I was hooked. After high school I attended Langara College and received certification in digital photography, then soon after to Douglas college to work on my Associate of Arts Degree in Creative Writing. At this point I’d been out of high school for eight years, working full time in retail and full time at school, juggling personal projects and performing at events around the city. I felt rudderless, like there were too many directions to go in at once and I wasn’t sure of any of the outcomes.
I was working a shift when a customer stopped me in the middle of my spiel about the differences between HDMI cords. He told me, “You know, you have a great voice. You should be on the radio!”. It wasn’t the first time this has been said to me, but it was the first time I’d heard it. I told him he was right. So I quit my job and signed up for the Radio Arts and Entertainment program at BCIT the same week.
I’m a jump in and swim sort of person.