Where are you from?
I’m from Sugarland, Texas. In July I’ll have officially lived in Austin for two years. I was already super familiar with this area because I attended Texas State University in San Marcos. A lot of my friends went to the University of Texas, so I would come up to Austin to visit often. I love how much there is to do in this city. Every single weekend there’s something to do, especially live music, which is awesome.
How did you get into this industry?
When I was a freshman in college, I wanted to do journalism. I used to want to write for a company like Cosmo Magazine or do reporting. My dad used to report, so we’ve always shared our interest in writing. But as soon as I got to my first class, they were telling me not to major in journalism because it’s a dying degree. I asked my advisor what I should do and they said major in electronic media. It’s where everything is moving towards, especially with the latest technology. I decided to major in electronic media, and I really liked it.
What made you choose to be a host?
While I was in college, I interned at a news station and found out that the news was not what I wanted to do. I began hosting for a show produced by Texas State students and I loved it. It was more conversational, like it is at the LC. The show was called La Bella Vida and we would have interviews of people on campus. Sometimes we had a setup similar to “The Talk.” Four of us would sit around a table and discuss different issues. It made for a really fun show.
What do you find unique about working for the LC?
There’s no teleprompter! I’ve heard from many friends and family who watch the show ask if I’m told what to say. I tell them no and that I’m just up there talking. We have information like carat weight and all that, but there’s no format that limits the show. The longer I do this and the more people I talk to, the more I realize how shocked they are that we’re up there getting to do our own thing on live television.
What is your favorite thing about working for the LC?
I love how much we travel! It’s really fun to be able to go out and interview our vendors. I also liked being able to go to different settings like to the mountaintop to do location shots. If I could choose the next place I travel with the LC, I’d want to go to Bali. It looks amazing—like an island paradise!
Aside from traveling with the LC, where else have you been?
Outside of the U.S., I’ve been to Mexico, Greece and Turkey. I went to Greece right after I graduated from high school for a senior trip. We were on a cruise, so we got to go to all of the islands. We even got to visit Athens and Turkey for a little bit. The way that you picture it looking—beautiful and serene—is exactly how it looked. You don’t need a filter when you’re taking photos there.
What is your favorite gemstone?
I’m a huge fan of turquoise. I love Sleeping Beauty turquoise, but really, any kind of turquoise has always been beautiful to me. I liked the color even before the LC. My mother told me during a doctor’s checkup, when I was about four, he asked me what my favorite color was and I said turquoise. After that he was not concerned about my knowledge of colors! I’ve always loved the color, so I really love the stone.
How do you like to connect with your audience?
When I started at the LC, I didn’t know as many details about the gem, but I do have a passion for fashion. That background comes through while I’m on air. That’s why the majority of the time, I try to talk about how to wear jewelry pieces and what’s trendy or what’s being seen on the runway. That’s how I like to think about my own jewelry. It’s all about what you like, your personal preference and how it will look with your clothing.
What does your personal jewelry collection look like?
I actually keep it pretty simple when it comes to my own jewelry. I wear a lot of studs, and I have pieces that mean a lot to me. I remember when I had just graduated from high school and I was about to go off to college, my grandma gave me a sterling silver pendant and chain that had a little angel on it. She gave it to me right before I went on my trip to Greece as a little safe travel keepsake, like a guardian angel. I still wear it. I wear it every single time I fly, and I even wore it to my interview for the LC as good luck. That’s definitely one of the most special pieces that I have in my collection.
What’s the most meaningful thing an LC Family member has done?
I had a guy message me on Facebook about two weeks ago. He said he was flipping through the channels looking for a hockey game and he came across the LC while I was on talking about stainless steel. He said he learned so much from me and that he’d actually forgotten about the game he was looking for. I thought that it was amazing for him to forget all about watching a hockey game because he came across the LC.