I've got stories of trial, tragedy, and triumphs.
I've got stories for days.
Some of the best stories are happening now.
Now I'm looking for a love interest in my newer stories. Admittedly finding my romantic co-lead hasn't been a focus in a bit. Since the passing of a fiancée, I have mourned and healed. Gained an understanding of purpose and executed on that. I've chased down and achieved some dreams. I got to scratch some items off of The List. I've been thru hell, but my life's pretty awesome.
I'm at a point where I'm ready to find the right person, and until VH1 turns my dating life into a reality show, I figure I'd give this a try.
Simply awesome male seeks awesome female.
You're still reading this and I'm sure you'd like to know a little bit more about me. The profile might be a lil long, but this is a good start on who I am. Almost every thing mentioned has a story behind it. If you have questions, shoot me a message. (See, there's your icebreaker right there.)
I am usually the most interesting person in the room.
I am also the most humble person in the world.
No one is more humble than me, no one. ;^]
Even tho I joke about ego sometimes (I am a Leo, very Leo), I am actually really humble. I'm grateful for everything. I take nothing for granted. Even on my worst days, I find things to be thankful for. Especially on my worst days, I find things to be thankful for.
I'm proud of my wins, successes, and achievements. When I do fail, I do my best to not fail in the same way twice or as I like to say, "don't step in the same mud puddle twice". The unlikely chain of events that had to happen for me to be here now is an incredible story. With a few different turns, my life would be vastly different. You can be a victim of circumstance or the victor over circumstance. Whatever is in the way, is the way.
It's been a wild ride so far professionally. I have worked in television news as a Video Journalist. I've freelanced for Dateline NBC as a Video Journalist. I've worked in the sports department at tv stations where I did everything but appear on screen, from shooting game highlights to writing copy to producing sports segments of newscast. I've worked in the news department of a country music radio station as a Reporter (never quite fit in there). I've worked as a Traffic Reporter before. I took what I learned in the tv news biz and applied it to owning and operating an online bicycle magazine. I was a professional sports Mascot for one night. I have done a lot of video work for second-tier professional sports teams in football (CFL 'eh), baseball (AA), hockey (IHL), and basketball (NBA D-League/CBA). I worked on a horse racing television show. I've got photo credits in a magazine from the United Kingdom. I've had work featured in a German magazine. A project also got coverage in France. I've shared stages and opened up for national level music acts as a DJ. I am an accomplished Performance Poet. I've acted in a few films. I've appeared in reality TV and network television series. I've had cameos in a few music videos. I've performed spoken word sets at music shows. I've been quoted in magazines. Interviews with me been published. I've been interviewed on podcasts. Been quoted in print magazine ads. I've got a nice lil stack of print coverage over the years. I've played SXSW as an official showcasing act in 2010 and 2011. March 2012 I played one of my dream gigs at one of the highest profile events during SXSW (after having received a lifetime ban from said event). I went on my first tour in August 2012, gigging around Colorado for a couple weeks. Last three years at SXSW I shot interviews for the guy Buzzfeed and Salon call the best interviewer in music. The interviews I shot for him have a combined 2.5 million YouTube views. I make drum sounds come out of a computer and provide back up vocals in a band. We recently played to a sellout crowd in New Orleans. If you're into indie-synth meets industrial with a hint of punk, hit me up for a soundcloud link for my band's music. I was the DJ for a film-centric latenight talkshow. It's been retooled and rebranded, and if it gets picked up, you'll be able to find it on a TV near you. I'm taking what I learned about interviewing working in news, what I learned from getting thought provoking interviews from action sports athletes, what I've learned from shooting interviews for the homie Nardwuar, what I've learned from being interviewed as talent myself, and applying all that to launching my own podcast by this fall. I'm also working on a semi-autobiographical novel about an artist very much like myself.
I've got some BIG things in the works.
You ever feel like the Universe/God/Life is preparing you for something?
I didn't live thru nightmares to sleep thru dreams.
I've been through some horrible tragedies in my life and suffered some great losses. What got me through it is being unflinchingly optimistic. You don't stay positive because it's good to keep positive. You stay positive because that's what works. Get your hopes up! Nothing great happens without it.
I am neither a 'glass half full' or 'glass half empty' type of guy. I'm am grateful I have a glass and I'll fill it up my damn myself.
When hard work isn't enough, luck usually intercedes. I am also incredibly lucky. If I'm not up in points at the end of the game, my hail mary passes usually get caught.
So, yeah, usually I'm the most interesting man in the room. I'm not quite the guy from the Dos Equis commercials (yet), but I am pretty sure I'm the heir apparent for that role.
I set highly improbable & slightly impossible goals, and find ways to make them happen. Then I go after a lil more highly improbable & slightly more impossible goals.
I believe my best days are ahead of me.
I am a firm believer in treating people like people. I don't care if the person is homeless or famous. You find the humanity in the person. Then you speak and interact with that.
I believe in being genuine in all aspects of life. I think most of my successes have come from being genuine. Why change now?
When I feared heights, I bungee-jumped from 150ft. Little did I know that event would be become a physical metaphor of how I handle fear, problems, and adversity.
I haven't always been the person I'm now. There was a time I didn't like how I was living. Micro-changes and nudges have altered trajectories. After years of every day trying to do just a little better than the day before it, I live a better life than I could have imagined.
I may not be rich, or ever be rich, but the things I've done, seen, experienced, I doubt a billionaire could duplicate. I get to live an amazing life.
I like going on adventures. If you're looking for a fellow adventurer, I might be your guy.
You can't shine without friction.
When the world gives me sh!t, I plant roses.