Random facts (because, why not? I feel like I know you now):
I have two streets in Oregon named after me.
Jay Leno once told me I'm funny.
I love to travel. I pack light, don't complain much and am ready to leave right now! Let's go!
My 7-pound Chihuahua mix puppy sleeps on my pillow with me each night.
And I have a lifelong quirky habit of biting my tongue when I'm concentrating really hard on something.
My great grandpa built a bridge across the Grand Canyon.
I am fiercely sentimental and have the memory of a steel trap. If someone wants to know about an event 10 years ago, I can probably recall where I parked my car, what we wore and what was said. It's a blessing and a curse.
I have never put my face under running water in a shower. And I've never bitten into an apple.
Who has given you the best advice?
Two of the most influential and inspiring people I have met in my life did not have much. They did not live extravagant lifestyles or have fat bank accounts, but they had hearts full of love, great wisdom and advice and told me — thousands of times — that I was loved.
They encouraged me to follow my career dreams. They stayed up way, way too late to watch TV segments I was appearing in just so they could call me and say funny things like, "great work, but work on your posture. Don't slouch on camera." Ha! These people are my grandparents, John and Mimi. Every day I wake up and just try to make them proud.
Life really doesn't have to be as complicated as we all try to make it. Just be nice, lead with love and work really hard. No regrets.
I blame Michael Jackson for my media career.
Growing up, I remember feeling electricity through the TV screen when Michael Jackson was seen on stage. The way he commanded an audience and told stories through the best dancing I'd ever seen was mesmerizing. In elementary school, I bought loafers and white socks and tried to mimic his moves. (What kid didn't?)
I love escapism, showbusiness and making people feel good. And I have always loved storytelling (TV, radio, print). We all have to pay rent, buy groceries and pay taxes. But, what do we do that makes us feel electric? These are the stories we tell.
In college, my newspaper editor assigned me my first article to be published. The topic he chose? Michael Jackson. I felt electricity all over again. When this first feature story was published, I pulled my car up to the newspaper stand and loaded up every single paper in the stack so I could save them because I was so excited. Looking back, I very well may have been the only person to read that article because no one else could get a physical copy. I was just so pumped to share my words in print. And, years later, I still feel this excitement for the media industry every day. I tell people, I don't drink coffee to wake up, I just keep booking fun adventures to look forward to.