How do you take your coffee?
If it's not a mocha - I take it with cream and sugar, always extra hot.
Bike, walk, train, or drive?
Train, walk, Uber.
Favorite Northside hangout?
Love a whiskey at The Long Room (right by my old place) and Andersonville will always be one of my favorite places to hang.
What’s your ideal road trip?
I would grab friends, good music, a few tents and some adult beverages and head to my childhood campground called Tuck-A-Way. It will always be one of my favorite places to relax and get back to the basics.
What drives you?
At my deepest level, I am driven by a fear of failure. I try to take my anxieties and put them to work for me. If you're afraid to fail, turn that fear into motivation - and succeed. Other than internal struggles (that we all go through), I am driven by my clients and the brands they have created. I have the freedom to choose my clients, just as much as they choose me. If I am working with a brand, it means I truly do believe in the people and the work. My clients are my life - and they are always top-of-mind throughout my day.
But ... why NOT? I grew up in the suburbs and have been in the city for over 10 years now. During that time, I have earned a degree, grown my network and fallen in love with Chicago, all over again. The people are incredible, the opportunity is endless and the industry is supportive and inclusive. Until I have a very good reason to leave - I'll be right here, doing what I do.
Can’t live without…
Coffee and my phone. You can usually find one or the other - or both - in my hands at all times.
Do you have a four-legged roommate? Tell us about him/her
I have two fish tanks that probably get more room to themselves in my studio than I do! I have a 75 gallon - which is currently being 'rented' out to Rax (a Tiger Oscar), JD (a Jack Dempsey) and The Slims (5 silver dollar fish). P.S. They owe me lots of rent. I also have a 29 gallon with a variety of other fish - namely, goldfish including one that I have had for over 8 years.
Morning routine? ( in 3’s) Wake up, Brush teeth, eat breakfast
Wake up. Check phone. Feed fish, ....then Coffee (from Heritage.)
I have a few - but, one of my favorites is a taxidermy piranha (thank you, thrift store) that watches over the bathroom. He's a boss - and I call him Petey.
What would your Tinder profile say?
You can check it yourself! lol I'd rather skip this question, honestly.
Define your style?
Depends on the day. I subscribe to a "bowties and tattoos" story of style - it's all about knowing your audience. My two most basic uniforms are the suit/bowtie and a tank top/cardigan. Always enjoy a more classic flavor of style: great fit, clean silhouette and always with a hint of Mad Men
masculinity. Also, I pretty much live in black, gray, navy blue and white.
What would your punk band name be?
"We Are Not Punk"
I Jam Out to…
Good Chicago house music - and anything I am stuck on that month. (I usually exhaust an album or two for weeks, until I find something new.) Right now, I am coming off of a very long "You+Me
" period and have been throwing it back to the energetic and upbeat Gnarls Barkley
If I am not at home, you can find me here.
Heritage Outpost, with clients, SOHO House or at the Bridges Media
I can do a dead-on Velociraptor impression - and - I have a huge
Velociraptor tattoo on my right thigh, naturally.
What’s your latest binge-watch?
Mad Men, Parks & Rec, Bob's Burgers.
What’s your stripper name? ( First pet’s name + street you grew up on)
Lucky Greentree (yassssss)
Cook us your favorite meal.
Let me turn on the oven and get a pepperoni pizza in there, stat!