I grew up between two continents, with one American parent initially from the New York area, and the other a New Zealander with family ties to Australia. This bicultural upbringing started just outside Atlanta, Georgia. 'Free-range' could describe my youth with hours and hours spent exploring outdoors.
When I was 11 my family swapped coastlines relocating to Australia. There I would spend the next decade embracing the Aussie lifestyle, surfing, metro living, and ocean-based culture. Reflecting on this upbringing, I identify as both American & Australian, with both of equal significance.
Following a prolonged gap year living and working in New Zealand’s rugged and remote Fiordland National Park, backpacking around Japan, sea kayak guiding in Australia, and project work in South East Asia respectively, I moved across the Pacific yet again to Salt Lake City to undertake a university exchange.
In Utah I connected with a motley community of adventurous individuals. This provided an outlet to expand on my already keen love for wilderness areas and continue my education across various wilderness pursuits and activities, and develop a basis in the outdoor industry.
I thrive getting as close as possible to the action, perform comfortably in remote locations and adverse weather, think strategically, lead and act under pressure, and strive to work as a team towards a unified goal.
In 2018 I graduated with a Bachelor of Advertising & Photojournalism from the Queensland College of Art, ranked the number one creative arts and design school in Australia.
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