Can you tell our readers your name and the name of your company/brand?
I am the founder of Jetsetera and LuxeSoul.
What made you decide to go into the entertainment business?
I sort of fell into it by accident. I started doing beauty pageants when I was 14, which I continued to do till I was 21 and representing West Hollywood in the Miss CA USA Pageant. At that time I had just moved to California and the opportunities just kept presenting themselves.
You consider yourself a “certified restless soul”, where is a place in the world that brings you the most serenity?
Home is where the heart is. I honestly think I could live anywhere, but right now New York City is home base. I do spend a month in December & January back on the West Coast every year, but not enough to still call it home. Ironically I feel the most serenity in nature and by water, and some of my favorite places are Belize, Anguilla and The Maldives.
With a list of accomplishments such as author, travel guru and blogger, what is the one thing that you enjoy the most?
I honestly enjoy helping people the most. I just got an email from someone I met briefly at a cocktail party that said they booked trips in January and February because they were inspired by my travel stories. I want people to be inspired to see the world, to know that it is possible to travel no matter what, curate new experiences, meet new people and see how that changes them as a person. I find that travel develops empathy and a more positive outlook on the world.
You are also avid on philanthropy, how did it feel to receive an award from the Mayor of LA for your community services efforts?
It was definitely an honor to be recognized for my philanthropic efforts, but the real reward is how I get to feel. I got into charity work as a pageant requirement when I was younger, and just never stopped. I’ve volunteered from everyone from The American Cancer Society to Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and some of my fondest memories are from the fundraising I did for my friend Matt Gallant’s annual charity for the Make-a-w-Wish Foundation. He told me a story I never forgot the first year: He was the TV Host for a show on Animal Planet, and it was a wish of a little girl to spend the day with Matt. They did spend the day together, and she was one of the most optimistic, grateful individuals that her has ever met. He ended up going to her funeral a few months later. After that, I couldn’t help but want to be involved with something that actually makes a difference.
What are some of your future goals that you want to accomplish?
I am currently in Kundalini Yoga teacher training for 7 months, and want to finish that. I have a novel in the works, and have a few more places on the bucket list I want to see.
Knowing what you know now, what is some advice that you would give to your younger self?
Love yourself. Listen to your intuition. You don’t have to be friends with the world.
How can people keep up to date with you and your adventures? Social media, website, etc?