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Wave of the Future
"The only sane choice in an insane world"
Education and Educating:
I graduated from high school in Tupper Lake, NY in 2002 and went to the University of Vermont in Burlington, VT until graduating in 2006 with a Bachelor's Degree in English. High school and college summers were spent working as a ropes course counselor and eventually program director at 4-H Camp Overlook outside of Malone, NY. The search for meaningful work after college proved challenging. After a brief stint of mascoting for a local science museum, I was able pursue an opportunity working with special needs students in middle school. The work proved very rewarding, as did being a part of the school community. But in time the lack of opportunity for advancement (short of attaining a teaching license) and the unwillingness of the administration to hear what I had to say on certain matters became cause for me to follow a new path in life. What that path is I am still unsure. Uncertainty can be unnerving, but it can also be liberating. I look forward to upcoming opportunities for growth, change and development.
For the past 15 years I have been producing electronic music on various Digital Audio Workstations including Sony Acid Pro, GarageBand, Logic and Ableton Live. I am also familiar with a popular DJing program called Traktor. In college I was lead singer (growler) in a metal band called Tin Bitch. For the past 4 years I have been lead singer/songwriter for a band I founded called Wave of the Future. I can play keys and bass guitar, both very... basically.
I have made a variety of "no-budget" films with a variety of middle school students, including a biography of Sir Isaac Newton, an exploration of the change in seasons from Fall to Winter, a trip to a Mongolian yurt/zombie attack and sketch comedy skits starring students as unicorns and an annoying elderly substitute teacher. My duties were often filming, directing and co-writing at school, as well as editing, sound design and music at home on my own time. I have also produced a few short and primitive stop-motion animations.
For the latter half of my college career my main focus was on creative writing. I have written a variety of poetry, short fiction and creative non-fiction. I was the winner of the award for excellence in creative writing for my senior class at the University of Vermont. Recently I have begun writing my first novel.
I have been skateboarding and snowboarding for the past 20 years, with a little wakeboarding thrown in there too. Many summer camp memories consist of me happily hanging 30 or 40 feet in the air on the Zipline or Burma Bridge with some poor kid scared half to death, knuckles white from gripping a rope I knew wasn't going anywhere. Hiking, swimming, camping and exploring are near and dear and I am always ready to see the next new place. I just returned from an adventure out west that included 6 National Parks, 12 new cities and 29 breweries (as well as the Korbel winery and champagne cellar). Beer (and the breweries in which they are crafted) is another pleasurable pursuit that I believe is quickly becoming just as important as food or wine when distinguishing the culture and terroir of a new area. It also helps relax after a great day of exploring and adventure.