April’s KCRW Volunteer of the Month!

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Where did you grow up and do you have any siblings?

Growing up I bounced around in a small radius on the border of Orange County and Los Angeles County in Long Beach, Seal Beach and Rossmoor. I have a sister who is a Jr. in high school and a brother who is in Copenhagen working at at this awesome architecture firm called Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG). The New York office just unveiled plans for Googles new campus with another design studio. Visually and conceptually it’s incredibly cool! http://www.big.dk/#projects-gccp

What is your current occupation?

Currently I’m hustling doing some background acting and other jobs with a flexible schedule. I’m also performing stand-up comedy 5-7 times a week like it’s my job and doing early stage experiments to see if an entrepreneurial idea is feasible.

What is your fantasy occupation?

Is it too forward to say to work at KCRW? I hope not, I want to be immersed in culture full time. I’d also love to make money doing stand-up comedy. It’s incredibly rewarding.

When did you first discover KCRW?

I stumbled on 89.9 flipping through stations looking for music that I hadn’t been overexposed to four or five years ago. I was initially only in it for the music programming and got upset when it was talk, haha! Now I’m into it all but it took me a good year to understand how the programming worked as KCRW began to dominate my car’s radio.

How did you find your way to our station for volunteering?

I was looking at careers saw the volunteering opportunities and jumped right in. My first time volunteering was at the Halloween Masquerade. It was hectic, busy, and a little crazy scanning tickets but it ended up being an incredible night and I got to see Les Sins!

What’s your current volunteer position and how long have you been at it?

I’m currently helping out Eric J. Lawrence every other Sunday and working the mail on Thursdays. I also try to fill in on events and other shows when the opportunity pops up.

Favorite volunteer moment?

Probably when I took a 15 min break to watch some comedy at the Brew Haha show at Riot LA. I had just bought a KCRW mug and was standing in the back of the Audience holding it when Guy Branum, the comedian on stage, questioned me for doing a one armed ‘what what’ gesture while sipping from a coffee mug. He ended up making fun of me for a few solid minutes while I was dying laughing and choking out responses to his questions. LA Riot was incredible and I really hope KCRW stays involved with it.

If you could get on the mic and say one sentence on the air, what would it be?

If you listen to KCRW help us reach more people any way you can, we do good in so many ways and want to do more!

What song(s) have you hit repeat on lately?

I dance every morning to Mark Ronson – Feel Right ft. Mystical. It’s incredible cardio. Also: Tei Shi – Bassically, Royksopps album The Inevitable End (overlooked IMO), Wish ft, Fonda Rae – Touch me (All Night Long), I’ll stop here.

Favorite book, movie?

Book: Jitterbug Perfume or Shantaram. Two stories that are epic in scope, have very strong philosophical backbones and left me feeling like a more whole person.

Movie: Chef is my favorite recently watched. KCRW’s Mathieu Shreyer did the Music Supervision and it’s on Netflix right now. Highly recommended!

Favorite thing to do outside the station?

I love rockclimbing indoors and outdoors and have been doing it for a good five years. I’m also really addicted to doing stand-up comedy.

What does KCRW mean to you?

It enriches my life as a cultural hub. It’s also great moderate perspective that I balance with The Economist for my national and global perspective on current events.

I have a funny feeling Nick will be spending a lot of time with KCRW, which is great because he’s already part of the family. Welcome home Nick!