When I was eight years old, I saw a classified ad recruiting greeting card sales reps, pecked out a grownup-sounding inquiry on my mother’s typewriter, and found myself successfully selling door-to-door. My parents got wind of the endeavor and put a stop to it, but I had gotten a taste of the delicious world of work and was hooked for life.
During my high school years, I spent evenings, weekends and summers as a field interviewer for the Denver Bureau of Burke Marketing Research. As a teenager who had never traveled, making phone calls to strangers all over the United States felt like an adventure.
I worked full-time while attending The University of Colorado at Denver, becoming a Sales Secretary and later an Editorial Assistant for a International Thomson Business Press.
After graduating with a B.A. in English, Thomson moved me to Los Angeles to work as the Editorial Coordinator of Computer Merchandising Monthly. There I roomed with an aspiring actress who ran into a transportation problem and asked me to drive her to scene study classes. Waiting around didn't make sense, so I enrolled. Shortly thereafter, I won a scholarship to the Los Angeles Theatre of Arts – which launched my next career.
It was during that chapter of my life that I met and married an aspiring filmmaker, had two children and moved to Memphis, Tennessee, where we started Sposto Interactive in 1995. We later moved the firm to the mid Atlantic where I picked up an M.S. in Electronic Media, and co-founded Paisley & Company along the way. I sold my interest in Paisley & Company after three years, and my interest in Sposto Interactive after nearly twenty-five years.
I have since published numerous works of fiction, essays, and poetry, garnered numerous national and international writing awards and residencies, won the silver medal in The Great American Think-Off and I serve as an going contributor to Humor in America , Broadwayworld Memphis Health and Fitness, Radish Fiction, and more.
In between writing gigs, I have appeared in over twenty films, plays and other media productions, produced three successful 10-minute Play Festivals and worked as Production Coordinator on the multi-award winning documentary Trans*cend under Shelby Fuller Elwood.
In 2018, I launched an innovative corporate training business -- Savvy Civility.