I grew up in a multicultural household across two countries on opposite sides of the globe. My mother, an American, is originally from the New York City area with Italian-Irish heritage, and my step-father, a New Zealander, with family ties to Australia. My personal journey however started just outside Atlanta, Georgia. As a whole, 'free-range' could describe my childhood, with whole days spent exploring in 'the woods' with my coon dog, building shanty tree forts, fishin', shootin', boatin', 'sweet tea', fireworks on the 4th of July, and riding my bike 'til the fireflies lit up the evening sky. In many respects it was an idyllic childhood. When I was 11 my family and I moved from semi-rural South Carolina, where we lived at the time, to metropolitan Brisbane, Australia. There I would spend the next decade embracing the Aussie lifestyle and coastal culture. 'Flip flops' became 'thongs', I picked up the metric system and Aussie slang, and learned to appreciate Vegemite the right way. I can well and truly say I identify as both American and Australian now. Despite frequent return trips 'across the ditch' to visit U.S. relatives however, and time spent interning in California, I yearned for an extended experience in my birth country. Following a somewhat extended gap year living and working on the Milford Track in New Zealand’s remote Fiordland National Park, three months backpacking around Japan, kayak guiding in Australia, and a project with UNICEF and other NGO's in South East Asia, I journeyed across the Pacific (again) to Salt Lake City to broaden my academics at the University of Utah via the Queensland College of Art. In the process I connected with a motley community of adventurous folk. This outlet provided a chance to expand on my keen love for the outdoors, and continue to develop technical and teamwork skills in skiing, wilderness guiding, rafting, kayaking, rock climbing, and mountain biking. Those skills have allowed me to get as close as possible to the action, perform comfortably in remote locations and adverse weather, look after talent and crew on set, and gain an intimate understanding of the outdoor industry and adventure sports culture.