1) Tell us a memorable story of yourself when you were a kid. It can be funny, surprising, warm and fuzzy, whatever. Just make it a good one.
As a child, I was stubborn, creative and exploratory. I was always one to accept my punishment but not one to listen to the word “no,” and I would test things out for myself, which often landed me in time-out. Let’s just say my room and I were pretty well-acquainted with each other. I chalk it up to just being one of those things they now say are precursors to “leadership qualities.”
In a recent random conversation that involved other people, my mom slid in a particularly telling story (that I’d forgotten) about me as a child. I was initially embarrassed, and then immediately proud of myself.
I was around 7 years old and had found myself in my room (again) after a particularly rigorous game of debate with the parentals, which I lost (again). They had thought it was over when they heard the click of my door shutting. But I had more to say. So, I wrote my rebuttal on a piece of paper, folded it into a paper airplane, and flew it down the stairs. You can’t argue with that.
2) What is your favorite movie genre to see in a theater, specifically?
If I had to pick a genre, it would be “whodunnit” thrillers, especially if there is a plot twist, but my husband laughs at me all the time and says I like the most depressing movies ever. To me, maybe some of them are depressing, but I like anything that is based on a new concept and moves me, whether it’s to laugh, cry or be shocked. All the comic stuff going on—sure, it’s fun, but I want to watch something that pushes the boundaries of storytelling or cinematography. I admire amazing writing and actors/actresses who push themselves in their craft to give us something new and unexpected—Christian Bale in The Machinist, Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant and Charlize Theron in Monster are a few that come to mind. I’m realizing now as I say this that those are three depressing movies. Don’t tell my husband I said that.
3) If one word were to appear on your headstone, what would it be?
If someone asked me this question, I’d likely put exactly that—“One Word.” I’d do so because it would make me and likely anyone who knows me laugh, which is my favorite thing to do. I’d also like the fact that when someone happened across it years down the road, it could prompt some ridiculous dialogue over what super philosophical, deep enigma of a story “one word” means, or it might prompt those who know me to think of one word on their own that would describe me or our time together.
4) Favorite class I took in school:
Hands down, my favorite class was a forensics class I took in college. I had amazing teachers and the subject matter was so interesting. At the end of the semester, we were split into two and staged our own crime scenes and wrote our own story for the other half to figure out. I was completely nerding out over how awesome it was.
One exercise that stuck with me was one we did around Halloween. Class was starting and everyone was chattering away. One of the teachers came in and then left the room without drawing attention or saying anything. She came back in a few minutes later and told us a crime had been committed and we had to answer questions, much like you would in a real situation. I was asked how tall someone was, what they were wearing and all sorts of things. I had no confidence about these details because I didn’t know to pay attention. Our answers were read out loud and were vastly different, and many times completely wrong. The truth was that one of the teachers had elements of a witches costume on, which many people didn’t even catch. It was very powerful to me to think about how that happens in real life.
5) If you could choose any alternate career/pursuit and money was no object, what would it be? Why?
I am very big into skincare. I’d likely get my aesthetician license and open up a spa somewhere so that I could make others feel good in the skin they’re in. Experiencing my own troubled skin in my younger years, I’ve had to teach myself about ingredients and the science behind what things are supposed to do. If you ask me about this topic, I could talk to you for days about it.
6) You played a lot of sports when you were younger and still have a passion for them to this day. Why? What draws you to them?
I grew up playing the following sports: gymnastics, soccer, softball, basketball, volleyball and probably some others I forgot. Volleyball became my passion, and I played it throughout and after college. What I love most about sports is the competitive nature, but also that it’s a team of people working together. Teamwork is very important to me in my career, and it stems from my experience in sports. I also think sports expose you to so many things like success, commitment, disappointment and loss, which help you throughout your life.
7) Tell us about your love for Chevelle and how it’s influenced your relationship with your brother.
Chevelle is a favorite band of mine. I certainly like their music, but it has also been the band to bring my brother and me together. He’s 10 years older than me, so growing up, I was the bothersome little sister always wanting to play with him and his cool friends. Now that we’re both older, we love going to Chevelle and other concerts together to rock out!
8) Talk about Radiohead’s “Karma Police” and how that philosophy has influenced you throughout life.
Music is very important to me and has a huge influence on my life. I have a tattoo that says “Karma Police,” which is a song from my favorite band, Radiohead, but is more about the way I try to live my life. By putting that on my body, I committed to understanding that the choices I make have meaning far beyond that point in time. Sometimes life can get frustrating and perhaps you’re angry at someone and are on the verge of a catty comment. Or you want to do something that is very selfish or take the easy route at the expense of someone else. I’m certainly not perfect, but reminding myself of the “karma police” keeps it all in perspective.