I was trained as a writer.
For a while I was sure I would publish a novel, pen a few screenplays, and live out my years enjoying large, spiritous cocktails next to a typewriter.
I've found great satisfaction in the written word, but my expressive palette has grown broader. My career spans hospitality, finance, medicine, film, and design, across five states and ten years. I've learned a lot. None of it more valuable than the art of communication.
Everywhere I've been, the ability to articulate my ideas, listen to those of others, and create a shared understanding between people has proved my most valuable skill.
The way people relate to and work with one another inspires me.
I believe that our strength as a society lies in our ability to learn—leveraging generational wisdom to create objects and systems that augment our natural capabilities. Not only do we learn directly from the past, we can extrapolate from it and predict our future. That's a remarkably powerful thing. We accomplish this feat through dialogue.
I am, and have been for some time, fascinated by our relationship to the things we make.
By studying the tensions of that relationship I hope to influence its—and our—evolution for the better.
My approach to any challenge begins with the most powerful instruments in my collection: good questions and a pen. My process from there adapts to the circumstances at hand, but I always begin by framing problems in human terms—terms like perception, emotion, memory, action, desire—then sitting in a state of intentional curiosity, trying to know what I don't know. This is because I believe the most robust systems are those with the most robust understanding of the people who will act on and in them.
I've dedicated my career to two things: Connection and Creativity.
Instead of simply acting as an observer of the human condition I seek to understand how we craft and use objects to support our collective imagination, a practice I believe is critical to shaping a desirable future.
My broader interests include things like exploring space, mixing realities, visualizing poetry, spreading wellness, and the perfect bolognese. I find new things to get excited about every day. They all involve people.
I place great value in solitude. My creativity needs time and space to take root. That being said, I do my best work with other people.
A range of opinion and experience makes for healthy ideas. I'm constantly learning and sharing what I find. The world is a big, bright, curious place and I need to experience it with others.
In my spare time I love to ski steep things, read long things, and drink strong things.
I write and recite poetry, collect moments with a camera and cook as often as I can. One day I'd like to see how high I can jump on the moon. To sum up my philosophy, such as it is today, I would say, "Anything worth doing, is worth doing right."