My academic background includes a degree in Communication Studies with a focus on rhetoric and philosophy from Arizona State University. For a time, I was on track towards becoming a professor of philosophy. Before that, I studied photography and journalism, where I gained experience as a freelance photographer and contributed to several publications. I still maintain a portfolio of my work from those days. I have a passion for music and used to play the drums, and in my spare time, I enjoyed working on 1960’s American muscle cars.