After living out my childhood dream of working at TransWorld’s Ride BMX Magazine for an incredible five and a half years I have decided to step down from my position as Associate Online Editor to pursue other life and career goals.
During my senior year of high school, at the age of 17, I made it my mission to work at the world’s leading BMX magazine. I didn’t know anything about the magazine business or the BMX industry, and I had no clue how I’d make my dream a reality. However, by the time I graduated college some five years later I had figured it all out and there was a job at Ride waiting for me on the other side of the country.
Since the Online Editor position was new to the company I got the opportunity to take a barely-breathing Web site, and over the course of the years, nurture it and help it grow into one of the most visited BMX sites in the world; and I will forever be thankful for that experience. During my time with Ride I’ve had the privilege of riding, shooting, traveling, and becoming friends with some of the people I looked up to the most as a kid. I’ve also had the chance to travel to more than a dozen countries experiencing the BMX culture and lifestyle on a global scale. None of this will ever be forgotten or taken for granted.
I have to give a huge thank you to Keith Mulligan, Jeff Zielinski, and Ryan Fudger for giving me the opportunity to work and grow with them and the Ride brand.
As I move on to the next chapter of my life and enter the world of freelance work and self-employment I am looking forward to continuing to work with some of the best brands in BMX in the form of photography, videography, writing, announcing, and more. I’m excited about the future that lies ahead and can’t wait to see where the wind will take me when I stretch my wings and begin to fly.
In just two days I am embarking on a five-week journey with one of my best friends Lindsay Matush to backpack throughout Southeast Asia for five weeks. When I return I plan to revamp and expand on my online portfolio, so be on the lookout for updates! Until then, keep up with me on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, and keep checking my blog—hopefully I’ll be able to post some things while I’m trekking through rain forests, exploring jungle canopies, and diving off of remote beaches.
Thanks so much to everyone for your continued support. All the words of encouragement I’ve already received truly means the world to me!