My creative career began in the fifth grade when I told my band director I wanted to play the saxophone. He looked at my small stature, grimaced, and said, “Are you sure you don’t want to play the flute?” With a hand on my hip and a sassiness that has yet to disappear, I repeated the name of the instrument I would study for the next 14 years.
This continued into the sixth grade when I joined Seckman News Network. I was the first student to go on-sight for a story, which was about the dangers of greyhound racing and adoption. I remember clutching my wide-ruled notebook and fervently writing notes while an older woman explained the elegance of those slender dogs.
Fast-forward eight years later to Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. I decided to study my early passions, music and journalism, where I honed my performance, story-telling and listening skills.
I am now teaching journalism and music in Chongqing, China where I’ve had the opportunity to observe international news from another perspective and introduce the saxophone to children who didn’t even know what the instrument was. Interested in hearing more? Feel free to contact me here.