I grew up in Juneau, Alaska. This used to be an interesting fact about me until Sarah Palin ran for VP and now it is a bit humiliating. I lived in Portland, Oregon off and on for 15 years and have a house there that looks like it should be filled with cats. Good thing I'm allergic.
There are a few dark birth marks on my chin. It isn't syrup, but that would be pretty handy. I have three gold teeth, and hope to acquire more. I used to skateboard, but after lots of time in hospitals I decided to find a safer hobbies. These days it's traveling to places where people will make me do yoga, pilates or something stretchy fits the bill. I purchased a banjo that sits nicely on my wall. It is on my list of skills to acquire in my life. It will be a while until I have my first recital and I won't be offended if you don't rsvp.
My inspiration to work in the industry and also the first film I worked on was 'Limbo'. John Sayles hired my dad as Director of Boat Operations, since I could run the boats, I became his assistant. On my first day, I took Haskell Wexler out on our 14ft. rubber skiff to a remote island for a scout and a bit of b roll. It was just me, Haskell and an assistant. From then on, I was pretty sure I needed to be a filmmaker.
When I first started producing, I mostly made music videos with my buddy Whitey McConnaughy. He had some big ideas and great taste in music, so naturally I did everything I could to help.. After producing some videos and photoshoots for The Decemberists, they asked me to come along for a tour as tour manager/merch girl. Other than being some of the most amazing people I've ever worked with, they also taught me to knit.
Eventually, after a few years of music videos (which equals not making money) the kind folks at Food Chain Films started hiring me to produce commercials. There was a lot of digital content that needed to be made but no one wanted to touch it which led me to doing some fairly successful viral campaigns and that pretty much brings you up to date on work things.
My father is a sailor, motorcycle madman, and animal lover. He's the sweetest badass you could ever hope to meet.
My mother is a math genius/ teacher, and for raising my brother and me, a saint. She has made me laugh harder than anyone else.
My brother Zac is a patent attorney, he has a lovely wife, three perfect children and for some crazy reason lives in Texas. If you have original ideas, he's the guy to call. He lives to win.
I have a 12 year old Mini Schnauzer, Mitzi Handschuh. She is the boss of me. I always tell her, "I'm the boss. I AM TONY DANZA" but the truth of it is, she is Tony Danza.