Briefly share with us your background (Education, Interests, etc.)?
I am one of the most ambitious, dedicated, hardworking, reliable, go-getters you will ever meet. If I say I’m going to do something, I do it… and I do it right. I believe in putting your full effort into things, otherwise why waste your time?
I am a lifelong Alaskan resident but am moving to Los Angeles, California in July 2012 to pursue opportunities in the fitness industry and to obtain my Master’s of Public Health degree from UCLA. I graduated in 2011 from the University of Alaska Anchorage with various Honors such as: Magna Cum Laude, Departmental Honors, Leadership Honors, Seawolf Leader Award, Phi Kappa Phi, and Pi Sigma Alpha. I also managed to complete my Bachelor degree in 2 ½ years time!
I wrote my undergraduate senior thesis on the history of various public policies and the impact they have had on the food supply over the years which in turn has contributed to the increasing rates of obesity in the United States. My thesis also covered how various media influences and increasingly favorable portrayals of obesity have altered public perception of the epidemic. During my graduate studies at UCLA, I intend to conduct research similar to the topics in my undergraduate thesis.
My immediate goals in the fitness industry are to earn my IFBB Pro Card and make my pro debut before the end of 2012. Once I earn my Pro Card, I hope to qualify and compete at Olympia and the Arnold Classic. A couple of my longer term goals are to make a name for myself in the fitness industry as someone who is dedicated to helping people achieve their weight loss and fitness goals; I will be looking to build a clientele of people willing and motivated to make a healthy lifestyle change. I would also love the opportunity to become a spokesperson.
Although I’m still new to the industry, I am very creative and intend to own my own brand one day. I am all about self-promotion and have managed to earn several awards and titles within the last couple months.
Here are a couple of my most recent accomplishments:
- FLEX Magazine Bikini Model Search Finalist, June 2012
- Team EDGE Timeline Cover Model, June 2012
- “Girl of the Month” on MuscleProdigy.com, June 2012
- “Kandy Girl of the Week” in Kandy Magazine, May 2012
- 2nd place, Physique of the Week Contest
I have also been lucky enough to be interviewed as a featured fitness competitor and bikini model on several well know fitness resource websites such as DualFit, Directly Fitness, Six Pack Factory, Trimmed and Toned, Fit Body Hype, and Figure Bikini.
Who has inspired you the most to succeed as a Fitness Competitor?
There are several people within the industry that I am inspired by and look to for motivation. The person who has inspired me the most however, is my coach from Team EDGE, Ingrid Romero.
I am a very driven, dedicated, and optimistic person with an excellent work ethic. It is rare that I find somebody with the same qualities that I can look to as a role model. Ingrid is not only a wonderful coach, but has become a great friend and someone that I admire as not only a force within the industry but also as a person.
What competitions have you made appearances in? From these, what were your
placements (titles won)?
- 2nd place, 2012 NPC Los Angeles Amateur Grand Prix
- 4th place, 2012 IRON MAN Magazine/LA FitExpo Naturally Bodybuilding Championships (my first show EVER!)
When is your next upcoming show? What will be your competing class?
My next show will be nationals in pursuit of my IFBB Pro Card!! I am 5’4” so I am class C. My next competition is in July at the Jon Lindsay NPC USA National Bodybuilding Championships in Las Vegas!
I will also be competing in September at the FLEX Magazine Bikini Model Search Finals in Las Vegas since I have secured a spot as the June 2012 Online Winner!
Where can fans find out more about you (website, published magazines, etc.)?
Photo Credits: Noel Daganta, Chaz Photographics, Nga Azarian/MuscleContest.com