How I Got Here
Thank you for taking the time to read a bit about me. I’m looking forward to learning more about your goals.
Upon graduating journalism school in 2002, my life-long love of writing became a full-time reality. Launching into my first major project, I co-wrote and edited a legacy memoir with Paul Jeffries, famed tattoo artist and the visionary behind Smilin’ Buddha Tattoo in Calgary.
The fast-paced business world of Calgary kept me busy for years as a freelance writer and editor and I wrote for Avenue, Where, Swerve, the Calgary Herald and many others. I’ve chatted with Ang Lee about prairie oysters, hung out backstage with Order of Canada recipients Blue Rodeo, and written about a Monsanto art show for THIS magazine.
Immersed in the thriving arts scene, I edited the first annual arts guide for Fast Forward Weekly and profiled artists for Galleries West. Joining the creative team at iStockphoto, I created a wide range of content and communicated with a robust and growing community of international artists. As the voice of the company, I also documented international photoshoots.That same year, I wrote and edited the Calgary Book of Everything, which quickly became a best seller. When Dave Kelly of City TV interviewed me about the project, he dubbed me the “ultimate researcher”.
During a sojourn in New York City in 2008 (right before the crash) I wrote about the complex world of art as investment for the Sunday Times of London. It was an intense creative experience living on the Lower East Side and I discovered a passion for photography that led me to some incredible opportunities and collaborations. When I returned to Calgary, I immersed myself in editorial photography and shot the Lilith Fair return for Spin.com. Although I focus mainly on writing these days, I still dabble and enjoy taking my vintage Pentax film camera out for a spin.
Bringing the prairie work ethic with me to Vancouver in 2012, I wrote and directed a short film and wrote about my experience for the Tyee.
In late 2018, I joined the small and mighty local team of Good Pitch Vancouver to provide outreach and event coordination for a unique event that supports social justice filmmakers in building robust communities around their projects. There were many goosebump inducing moments during that contract, including meeting David Suzuki.
The sublime energy of the West coast, combined with the growing number of ethical companies that are thriving here, sparks my inspiration daily. Conversing with passionate creatives lights me up, and I love it when someone shows me a new way of thinking.
My mission is to support and work with individuals and companies that are community minded and purpose driven to launch memorable events and convey your story in a way that feels true and magnetic.
Tererai Trent asks: “What breaks your heart?” For me, it’s the stories that go untold, the magnificent life threads and experiences that have the potential to bring us together, but languish in the neverland of “someday”.
If you’re ready to take action and create impact, let’s talk. Please choose a time that works for you here.