And now for something a little different. Here is a list of random facts and life experiences that make me who I am today. 

  • In the 6th grade all I wanted to do was sing in the choir. Because I played the piano, I became the city’s youngest choral accompanist, instead. (And that's how it all began!)
  • Every memory I have of seeing shows, spectacle, theatre, and performances of any kind, always includes me sitting in the audience and thinking, 'I can do that! And I know I can do that even better!' (I was an 'all-in' kind of kid when it came to big picture thinking and creative expression.)
  • I visited Las Vegas for the first time when I was 16, on a high school band trip. (Parents, make sure you absolutely trust your kids’ teachers. If you see a trip with stops anywhere near Vegas, be suspicious!)
  • In my Senior year, all I wanted to do was perform in the musical… I was commissioned to write it.
  • I’ve come nose to nose with a barracuda during a deep dive decompression stop in the Caribbean
  • I have worked as a travel agent, airline gate agent, airport security guard, flight attendant (for 2 different airlines), and Club Med (a few times) (Oh yes…Hands up, baby!)
  • I co-founded a successful production company where we created family entertainment, edutainment, spectacular events and experiences for hundreds of thousands of people! (I forget that I've achieved this often - I am so excited about creating the experiences that I don't realize the massive audiences that have seen my work.)
  • I edited/arranged the score for a massive fireworks display for the 25th anniversary of Niagara Falls' Winter Festival of Lights (a 'pinch me' moment!).
  • I have written musicals, arranged and conducted for choir and symphony orchestra, and even had my own ‘glee club’ (it was a blast).
  • I do yoga. I teach it, too. I even opened a studio. (Yoga is awesome. The studio biz...that's another story.)
  • I am fascinated with learning how to learn. I’ve done a lot of school. (I was valedictorian, twice.)
  • I liked school so much, apparently, that I became a teacher. (Why not?)
  • I’ve pitched a television show to a major network. While we ultimately didn't get a green light, the top executives said, 'this was the best pitch we've ever seen'! (Very cool experience).
  • In 2014, I traveled to six continents. (Antarctica…one day.)
  • I’ve developed a unique program to train high performance artists physically, mentally and creatively.
  • I dislike the cold. (Being born in Canada does not mean I'm 'used to it'.)
  • I've been to the Arctic. Yes, there were igloos. The Northern Lights are mind-blowing. (The Summer was beautiful, and warm.)
  • I’ve been to Disney World several times (only ever as an adult).
  • I make a mean Tiramisu, and my Lasagna is no joke. (thanks, Mama!)
  • As an adult, I finally got to perform in a musical...Twice! (Bucket list - check!) (Although, I did also do some musical arranging and conducted from backstage for one number...)

Experiences matter. They make awesome possible.  (Are you getting this?)