Now reading: “Our Lady of Flowers” by Jean Genet
Now watching: I prefer people watching over any TV series
What fact about you would surprise people?
I grew up off the grid, in a log house in the forest in Northern BC. I’m really good at chopping wood and starting fires, can identify a lot of edible plants and berries, and I’m a pretty good shot with a rifle and a hunting bow.
Describe your experience in event planning and organization?
I recently spent 18 months as Youth Development Producer at Cape Town-based NGO Livity Africa, managing an internship program that provides a springboard into employment in the media industry for multi-barriered young South Africans, regardless of previous education or experience. Our training program included journalism, photography, graphic design, video production and social media – print and digital content created by youth, for youth under the supervision of a team of mentors, all working professionals in their respective fields. My role included recruiting, interviewing and hiring a full complement of 25 interns on a three-month cycle; overseeing each participant’s professional and personal development for the duration of the program, and facilitating further job placements, internships or education opportunities for each individual once their internship was complete.
One standout project that I conceptualized, organized, and implemented on behalf of Livity Africa was the Content Studio for Red Bull’s Amaphiko’s inaugural Social Entrepreneurship Academy, held in April 2014 in Soweto, South Africa. Working alongside staff from Livity Africa and Red Bull Amaphiko, I curated teams of editorial, advertising and communications experts to help the participants develop their own narrative and create world class communications tools. During the 10-day academy, I personally facilitated the studio schedule for participants and mentors to ensure that each individual’s time was maximized and tailored to the specific needs of their growing project or organization.
How does your career compare to what you envisioned in your youth?
Somehow I’ve ended up achieving most of the things I dreamed about as a teenager, but none of it has happened in the way I expected. I have yet to be the lead singer in a rock band, but there’s still time.
How would you describe what you do in a single sentence to a stranger?
I am a visual and performing artist, writer, educator, project manager, curator, and arts administrator.
If you had fifteen extra minutes each day, what would you do with them?
Sleep, or snuggle with my cat Maxwell.
What’s one thing that you’ve learned that has helped shape the person you are today?
One lesson that I continue to learn over and over again is the need for balance in life, work and art.
One recent career accomplishment that you’re proud of?
From 2014-2015 I was employed as Assistant Director & Choreographer with MISCELLANEOUS Productions, a Canadian non-profit that collaborates with culturally and socially diverse, at-risk and mainstream youth making performances, new media and music for the public. This role incorporated a mix of direction, administration, individual youth mentorship/counseling and performance, culminating in the sellout run of Haunted House, a site-specific work that premiered in August 2015.
Name 3 things you can’t travel without.
My laptop, a pair of comfortable boots and my favourite leather jacket.
Where is your favourite place to escape?
Into a good science fiction novel.
What object would you put in a time capsule that best represents who you are today?
A printout of everything I’ve Googled in the past year.
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