For as long as I can remember, I’ve always loved a good story — fairytales, biographies, mysteries, romances. I could listen to a good storyteller for as long as they would keep telling. I kept pretty quiet, myself, and in the quiet I began to pick up on the subtleties of the techniques like dramatic pauses, crafty word choices, and strong punch lines.
As I got older, I tested my own skills in a variety of ways. I explored storytelling through music, poetry, photography, videography, and, yes, writing. I certainly tried my hand at each one, learning as I went. I found myself most comfortable in conversations where I had an engaging account to retell, more often than not, thanks to some kind of sporting event.
My passion for both storytelling and sports grew. Soon enough, I decided to hone my skills through more conventional methods, and went on to graduate with honors from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. Along the way, I had the chance to experience life as the Sports Editor of the campus newspaper, a television news and sports reporter for the weekly newscasts, both a color commentator and play-by-play announcer for SAU radio, and the host of a weekly coach’s show on SAUtv. In that time, I found myself establishing relationships and credibility with athletes, staff and coaches through interviews, shows, and, perhaps most notably, the bus rides.
Graduation came far too early, in my opinion. I loved what I was doing, and the people I was blessed to work with. But, life must go on.
Then began the journey to the ever-intimidating “next step.”
I am currently working with a freelance TV crew, broadcasting high school and college sports, hosting a local television show, and writing for a new online sports network (AerysSports.com). Meanwhile, I author this very blog, combining my love of figure skating with my love of stories to help bring current news from the skating world to the every day fans. I’ve also had the incredible opportunity to work with Icenetwork.com as their resident Fantasy Skating columnist and a researcher for the broadcast team.
I fell in love with the sport in 2002 and became obsessed shortly thereafter. It was always my goal to take my career in the direction of sports, and even more specifically skating. I’ve been fortunate to gain a faithful following here in a short amount of time, largely due to my diligence in “live tweeting” skating events through the season, as well as providing competition previews, updates, and reviews along the way. And I’m just getting warmed up!
Through it all, my desire to entertain, encourage, and engage an audience with a story is not only still intact, but also stronger than ever. And I can’t wait to see where my own story goes next!