Who am I?
This is a hard question to simplify - where to even begin? Let start with how I'm a storyteller, and I've decided my life mission is to build community through storytelling.
Let's break that down some more...
For as long as I can remember, I've had a fascination for storytelling in some shape or form. I truly believe everyone has their own story. Mine started at age 7 when I started learning violin. This introduced me to storytelling in the form of music, and musicianship was a core part of my life growing up. As I get older, I only realize more and more how impactful music is on people, and I don't plan on stopping my musical journey anytime soon.
However, in high school I got a camera in my hands and this shifted my main medium from audio to more visual. I would soon find myself joining a photojournalism club in university called Humans of UCalgary and that's when everything changed. That experience helped me develop my photography/videography, as well as helped me learn how to actually connect with people on a more meaningful level.
Since then, I've realized that a lot of things I do actually relate to storytelling and building community. Thus began my journey to build community through storytelling. This journey is obviously pursued through my photography and videography (which you can explore in the links above) there's some other projects I've worked on throughout the years that help me pursue this mission. Those other projects include:
"Paint the world a better place"
During university, some friends and I decided to start a brand called Clothblack. which revolved around selling clothes to fund the revitalization of outdoor basketball spaces. This ultimately transformed into a mural project now called Drip & Roll. Our mission is to paint the world a better place, and bring communities together on and off the basketball court. Learn more here.
"What is your Idea Catalyst?"
At the same time that the Clothblack project was being developed, I began meeting more people who were enterprising and had a knack for creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship. A common conversation I'd have with these people was about how they stay motivated, and what gives them the drive to pursue their passions?
Thus, The Idea Catalyst Podcast was born. Available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and more.
"What the Tech?"
As our other podcast got some traction, we got asked to help host a podcast about technology for the Computer Science Department at the University of Calgary. The aim was to deconstruct complex computer science concepts, bit by bit, and explain What the Tech is going on?! Since graduating, the podcast has continued onto season 2 with new co-hosts whom I met through Humans of UCalgary.
This What the Tech podcast is also available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and more.