Yup, that's me with peanut butter and jelly all over my face. But that's not where it started...
Let me break it down for you:
I've always loved making people laugh
When I was 8 yrs old - give or take a year - I met a comedy magician at a resort in Wisconsin and said, "That's what I want to do!" His name is Hobson and to this day, he continues to be a great friend and mentor to me. You can catch him as "The Trickster" in The Illusionists
As a chronically ill Child from 10 1/2 - 17, I learned how import one's health and wellness is and how valuable a tool laughter is to bring joy to people's lives! Making other people (patients, doctors, nurses, staff) laugh made everyone feel better, including me!
In the 90's I booked my first corporate entertainment gig and I went on to entertain corporate and casino audiences for the next 6 years
As a starving entertainer (kidding...sort of) I couldn't afford a gym so I took up running. Mainly to lose weight and look better on stage. I also began studying how to prevent overuse injury and run faster and or longer.
In the early 2000's I left performing and dove head first into the fitness industry and became a Certified Personal Trainer and then a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist.
I worked at a private athletic club from 2004-2012
I've since continued to train and entertain, sometimes at the same time!
Now? I'm either making pizza and entertaining, raising money as a charity auctioneer and balancing fitness and fun as I develop strength and conditioning programs for distance runners who want to reduce their risk of injury, improve performance...and EARN THEIR PIZZA! My Life Philosophy: Your quality of life is in direct proportion to the quality of the relationships you have with the people around you.
What am I doing when I'm not training and entertaining? Wow you're nosy! I'm likely working out, running, leading brewery tours at Temperance Beer Co. in Evanston and watching my favorite Chicago sports teams try not to suck! Oh and I live on the north side of Chicago where I continue to eat peanut butter and jelly.