Photographer + Director
Los Angeles, CA
Q: What song do you play on repeat?
A: There is a song for everything! On my way to a shoot: "Bahota Karam" by White Sun // On my way to the gym: "Money, Power & Respect" by The Lox, "DMX", Lil' Kim// On my way to surf: "Casita" by Goth Babe // Doing any kind of computer work: "Binaural Beats: Focus" playlist on Spotify and then I always have some sort of fireplace/rainy channel on my tv running in the background while at home.
Q: What's the best way to start the day?
A: Delay checking your phone as long as possible. Tuning into your own energy and checking in on what you need for the day. I always start my day with a practice that honors my body, mind, and spirit. I love a morning ritual and depending on what is happening each day, it can be five minutes or two hours.
Q: What are you most looking forward to this year?
A: Going into 2023 I am most looking forward to creating a director's reel, filming a documentary short, publishing my second children's book, relaunching my podcast Healer Dealer, working with wonderful clients/crew, surfing, and all the wonderful experiences I have no idea that are coming!
Q: What is the most impactful project you've worked on and why.
A: I directed a video for PepsiCo O.N.E. Coconut Water that focuses on sustainability efforts that are leaving a positive imprint on society and the environment. It was moving to be at the farm owned by a woman (very rare) in the Philippines and hear how she's been able to provide for her family all over the world because of this. We were all in tears and it felt so good to share her story.
Q: Which art/photo exhibit that you've seen has impacted you the most?
A: The David Bowie Is exhibit at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. I have been mildly obsessed with David Bowie since I was a little kid with a weirdo crush on him in the 80s fantasy classic Labyrinth followed by a deep respect for his creativity in every decade of his life.
Q: What mystery do you wish you knew the answer to?
A: I delight in experiencing mysteries unraveling when I least expect it.
Q: What are some things you had to unlearn?
A: Feeling responsible for things that are totally out of my control.
Q: What fictional place would you most like to go?
A: The land I created in my bestselling children's book, Peyton and the Magical Compass!
Q: What have you only recently formed an opinion about?
A: That any time I declare something as my formal opinion something happens almost immediately to change it again.
Q: What book impacted you the most?
A: There are two and I highly recommend if you are reading this to read them too! The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks and Great Human Potential by Tom Kenyon & Wendy Kennedy.
Q: What risks are worth taking?
A: Betting on yourself is always worth it.
Q: What are the first 3 chapters of your autobiography titled?
A: Adventures of a Multidimensional Creatrix.
Q: What do you spend the most time thinking about?
A: All the things I want to create and encourage others to make too! I have really been pushing myself to expand my creative expression in all things.
Q: Best and worst advice you've ever received.
A: Best: If it was easy, anybody could do it. // Worst: Long ago I was told to shoot more "edgy" work. That is not who I am. I am here to see the beauty in all things and bring it out of its shell. If I'm shooting blood and guts fishing (which I have) it is going to look beautiful, not edgy.
Q: How has your work evolved over the past few years?
A: Dropped trying to be, do, and create whatever was/is in trend at the moment in our industry and became confident in my intimate, fresh, and cinematic style.
Q: One thing you can't show up to a shoot without - Besides a camera ;)
A: Crystals in my bra. :)