I spend my life in search of big adventures.
I was raised a third-culture kid, hopping all over the world with my US Air Force family. I still live life like it's a boisterous game of passport bingo.
I became location independent in 2009. Since then, my business and I have thrived in various perches all over our beautiful world. I've lived in old-town Cusco, the peninsular countryside south of Auckland, Lauterbrunnen, the paragliding-happy Turkish beach town of Ölüdeniz, the Kenyan coast, La Paz, Berlin Cape Town, southwestern England, the southern coast of South Africa, the Carpathian mountains, the Arizona desert and Salt Lake City. I've traveled on a somewhat less-permanent basis to many, many dozens more.
I’m an athlete.
I started my journey into "extreme" activities in the summer of 2008 on a sportbike, carving along the legendary mountain roads north of Los Angeles. It wasn't long after that when, during an extended stint in South Africa, I met a skydiver in a ramshackle beach bar who explained to me that skydiving isn't necessarily something you do once and walk away. Enraptured, I went for my first tandem just days later. Standing in the airplane door over the craggy landscape near Pietermaritzburg, I could already feel myself falling in love with human flight.
Skydiving led quickly to paragliding, speed flying and, then, BASE jumping. In May of 2012, I jumped from a bridge in the South African garden route, a cliff near Cape Town, a skyscraper in Istanbul and an antenna in Southern California. This sequence of four consecutive jumps made me the first female (and one of the only athletes in general) to achieve BASE -- building, antenna, span and earth -- in just four jumps. Since then, I've logged more than three hundred BASE jumps and hundreds of foot-launched flights across five continents, to say nothing of the skydiving. The pace shows no signs of slowing.
In 2018, my partner Joel Strickland and I undertook the challenge of becoming the first athletes to skydive in all fifty states in a single trip. Over the course of six months, despite heavy odds (and Joel dying that one time), we did it.
In between flights and jumps, you'll find me flying in the wind tunnel, rock climbing, skiing, slacklining, or participating in any other appealing practice that happens to be around. (No matter what, I'll be flopping happily around on a yoga mat at regular intervals.)
I did my time in hollywood (and still kinda do).
I spent my twenties producing first music videos, then big, soulless commercials. The money was great; Los Angeles, however--for a woman of my temperament--was not. I went location-independent when I hit the ten-year mark, and never looked back.
My credits include commercial spots for such clients as Toyota, Dell, Dirt Devil, Eggo, Denny's, Kraft, Gillette, Best Buy, Budweiser, Procter & Gamble, Washington Mutual, Syfy (SciFi) and the Travel Channel, as well as music videos for such artists as Depeche Mode, The Killers, Keith Urban, Michael Buble, Good Charlotte, Britney Spears (unreleased, and that's a fun story), The Frames, Hot Hot Heat (a couple of times), Hoobastank (again, multiply), Marilyn Manson and the Jonas Brothers (to name just a few items on a very long list).
My favorite gigs have been the production service projects I've worked on for international clients. I did all of Channel 4's epic House of Imagination promos for the Syfy channel, as well as several extraordinarily creative individual-show promos for C4 and Sky UK. I've also done an armful of fashion spots, including Norway's lingerie release for Cubus and Donatella Versace's summer collection for H&M.
I still produce the Annie Awards, which annually celebrates the highest achievements in the animation industry. I also help to put together bids for film and television projects with airsports content.