Hey Where I See This Guy?
I have two design degrees including one from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. I also have an MBA degree in Information Technology, which I have used to good effect as a longtime Creative Director working in advertising and online games. I began my career as an Illustrator in Los Angeles and in time moved into art and creative direction. Over the years, I have worked with many Fortune 500 clients such as Disney, Mattel, Lego, Ford, Scion, Unilever, Entrepreneur Magazine, Nickelodeon, Universal Studios and Paramount Pictures etc. As an illustrator, I had long running comics running in Climbing as well as Flex Magazines. For a few years, I co-owned a clothing company called Controlled Burn that designed and manufactured apparel and accessories for rock climbing. That was a ton of fun and a good lesson in business. It was also one of the reasons why I ended up going back to school and getting an MBA degree.
Somewhere along the way, that little kid who spent every available moment drawing, doodling in the margins of schoolbooks (sorry to my math teachers) and writing stories ended up using most of his creative bandwidth on making all those clients and companies more money and more successful. So a few years ago, I began to take that back and work more on my own ideas and projects. I'm increasingly working on making my own dreams a reality now and hopefully inspiring others to do the same while providing some entertainment and educational value.
In 2013, I published my own first written and illustrated children's book titled "The Ball in the Hall" and it's been amazingly well received on Amazon and select booksellers around the country. Getting to that point is a whole 'nother story in and of itself, but I am now well along on my next kids book, two memoirs and a book of poetry. I hope to see them all published in 2015.
I have also been actively pursuing my other passion of adventure travel around the globe, which is the primary focus of this blog. Living nomadically for the last year and a half has been amazing. I feel extremely blessed and gratified to be doing it and sharing with so many other people. I feel I have barely scratched the surface of this incredible planet, the people on it and the adventures it has to offer. I think it would take 100 lifetimes to just make a dent.
|Holding mayurasana at the pool in Bali|
|Rock climbing in Tonsai Thailand - the cliffs are steep right off the beach|
A lifelong commitment to fitness continues to occupy much of my time and energy. I want to continue climbing, skiing, cycling, kayaking, practicing yoga, bungee-jumping and skydiving until I am older than dirt. I'm in this for the long-term so staying fit and injury free is a core part of who I am. Having said that, I do like adrenaline sports and take risks, but I measure them carefully first. I believe life is meant to be lived and experienced as a participant, not a spectator.