I’m a multimedia pro, an alpha geek, a writer, a visionary, and pretty much an all-around Renaissance gal-of-all-trades.
I started writing poems and stories when I was 5, which is when I had my first poem published (‘The Car’). I also started my first business at around the same time (selling rocks door-to-door), and created a comic called ‘Animals Anonymous’ featuring the only animals my crap 5-year-old drawing skills could muster (a bee, a panther, and a lion). I spent most of my childhood sitting inside reading, writing, or watching things like the Twilight Zone and Monty Python. At the age of 6, I had my first major waking vision (which was of a vampire threatening to kill me; I of course argued with him) and my first experience with autoscopy. I’ve been dealing with both, as well as precognition and presentiment, ever since (I was also dead for about a minute, but that’s another story altogether). When I was 11, my teacher asked me to assist her with a course she was teaching at George Mason University on Mnemonic Theory. I had to memorize and sing a song each week and discuss the relevance of information retention versus rapid learning methods with the students, and so on. Around the same time my first record came out; yes, I am on vinyl singing as one of the chosen voices on the Fairfax County Choir Festival album. I was also first-chair drummer and won numerous awards for my writing throughout the years. You can guess how popular all of this made me. I moved around a great deal and figured out a great icebreaker; relational astrology. Everyone has a birthday and likes hearing about themselves, so it was a good way to find something to talk to others about (since it didn’t usually go over well when I’d get into theories of past-futures, alternate reality visions, and OOBE – at least not until I went to art school and there were substances in the mix). I was in a strange mixture of crowds in high school; I lettered in Drama, which, looking back, was pretty darn appropriate. I also was part of a pilot program where we learned basic and advanced psychology in order to counsel students.
I spent a good chunk of my life working in the music/entertainment industry and doing video work. So far I haven’t really combined the two, unless you count the music video I did in high school for my hip-hop version of the Beatles’ ‘When I’m 64.’ Please, please don’t count that. In high school, I’d pretend to be a reporter to get backstage at most of the concerts I went to. I was that kid that hung out in the local record store as an employee-for-posters. I’ve been in several bands, but most of my work was in the promotional/behind-the-curtain aspect. I helped promote shows for local clubs, managed several bands, worked as a label rep – you name it. I was a keen dancer at one point; scouts selected me for a TV dance show, but I lacked the funds to get to New York at the time. In the early/mid-90s, I did video work via live cable access programs (not glamorous, but live election coverage was fun) and editing wedding videos and commercials. I was also heavily involved in the computer/technology field – Amigas and Apples in particular. I worked at a music store, and every year I’d attend the most insane music industry conferences and events you could imagine. I also helped coordinate and promote local sci-fi/fantasy/technology conferences, and was a frequent speaker at those events.
For the past decade+ I’ve been doing more work in marketing and technology; I develop Web sites/applications and do online and offline campaigns. I’ve worked on training, development, and research/consulting projects for the government (US-VISIT, PRIDE radiation detection, passport authentication, payroll, train-the-trainer, home inspections, telemedicine, cognitive behavioral therapy, etc. for CBP, DHS, DOT, HUD, and DoD), high-tech (Apple, Adobe, HP, Microsoft, Blizzard Entertainment, PeopleSoft), trade shows (FOSE, NAB), concerts and events (WHFSitval, WHFS Snow Job) and yes, even in the infomercial space. I now divide my time between my start-up tech company, kindred, getting back into the creative space, and feeding the squirrels. It’s best for us all if I don’t forget to feed them.