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What is the best advice ever given to you?
My parents told me “only you know what’s best for you” and I always go back to that. I know some of the decisions I’ve made over the years have had people thinking what the hell is she doing, but ultimately I’m the only one who knows what works best for me and that’s what counts.
I don’t know if this qualifies as advice, but my girlfriend Cindy has a great phrase “not my circus, not my monkeys” which I love….sometimes we get so caught up in what other people are doing and really, if it doesn’t concern us why waste time stressing about their decisions.
Looking back, what is the best advice you would give to yourself at age 25?
Relax. At 25, I was so concerned with thinking is this what I should be doing right now? Am I on the right path? I would just tell myself to relax, go with the flow and everything will turn out fine. But I probably wouldn’t have listened!
Who have been the influential people in your life?
My parents have always been great role models. My Dad had the drive, determination and courage to start his own business and that’s where I get my entrepreneurial spirit and sense of fairness from; he was from the era of a handshake being a binding contract and if you said you were going to do something than you did it. My Mother was a stay at home Mom who is the most kind and compassionate person I know and hopefully some of that rubbed off on me. When I look back on my childhood, I appreciate how incredibly fortunate I was to have such amazing, supportive parents.
What are your favourite qualities in another person?
I always gravitate towards people who have a good sense of humour and are willing to laugh; life is more fun when you’re happy!
What is your idea of happiness?
Sitting on the deck at our cottage with my family and fiancé, watching the sunset, drinking wine, playing cards and then inevitably betting on silly things…I once challenged a family friend that I could take him on in leg wrestling; that did not end well for me!
What is your idea of misery?
Having to go through life without my partner in crime, my fiancé Jamie!
What talent would you like to be gifted with?
I would love to be able to sing.
If you could be any historical figure, who would you be?
What is the dress code for success?
Find a style that works for you. It should give you confidence in who you are and how you want the world to see you. A great outfit should make you feel good and provide enthusiasm to take on the day.
How important is image First impressions are so important and how you dress sets a precedent in how you are perceived. With my line of work I need quite a diversity of styles to adapt to many different situations. In a given week, I can interview a CEO, work on live events with country music stars and produce award shows with TV & Film actors. It’s all about confidence and dressing the part for each situation.
I was born and raised in Edmonton and took Radio and Television Arts at NAIT. I worked as a television news reporter in Kamloops and Phoenix and then came back to Edmonton and did contract PR work for a variety of organizations including West Edmonton Mall, Grey Cup, and many local charities.
I returned to television where I worked as a field producer on a travel show for Discovery and then an AD on a weight loss show on Slice.
I am currently a gun for hire as a freelance television director, producer and writer so I work on corporate videos, awards shows and live events like the Olympics, Canadian Country Music Awards and the Juno’s. For the past 4 years I’ve been the awards producer for the Banff World Media Festival and have had the good fortune to work with some very interesting people including some of my personal favorites Dan Rather, Henry Winkler and Will Arnett.
I love doing yoga and spending time outside with my guy. I also love to travel; a favourite trip was spending a month in France and Italy where I got engaged on a rooftop in Florence at sunset…it doesn’t get much better than that