When did you join the LC?
I joined the Liquidation Channel in July 2012. Previously, I was working for its sister company, the Jewelry Channel, in the UK. I worked there for a year and a half.
How did you get into hosting?
Originally, I trained as an actor. Later on, I became a call center manager for almost six years. Ultimately, I knew I needed to get back to doing the something creative, so I did. I put together a show reel and started working from the bottom. Eventually I got a job as a jewelry channel host in the UK and I’ve been hosting ever since.
What led you to the LC?
The channel I worked for in the UK was called the Jewelry Channel and its sister channel is actually the Liquidation Channel. My best friend lives in Austin. During one of the trips I took to visit her, she asked me if I ever checked out the Liquidation Channel. To which I replied, “You mean the sister channel of the one I work for now?” Later on, I was able to get an interview with Gerald Tempton, the president of the Liquidation Channel. After a week of hosting a few shifts on air, he offered me the job. It was all very serendipitous!
What was it like moving so far from home?
After Gerald offered me the job, he asked me how long I think it would take me to pack up my life and move here. I replied, “I don’t know. Two months?” Then he said, “Okay, we’ll see you in three months.” Once I was back home I immediately sold everything. As long as I could bring my cats, I was good. Once I got to the states, the LC made everything really easy. They arranged for all of my transportation and managed my flights. Tammy, the executive assistant and payroll administrator, handled it all and she was awesome.
I guess I should say my friends and family because those are a given. I really miss the food. There are certain foods that I crave, and that I can’t wait to eat when I return. I’m actually going back next month for 12 days. I definitely can’t wait for fish and chips, crispy duck, certain chocolates and certain chips. I eventually gave up eating fish and chips in America because I have yet to eat some here that compare to the ones from back home. I also miss the vibe of Scotland because there’s a history of the land. It’s a very wild place, and I love the wilderness. Just driving up into the highlands is amazing. Everywhere you go in Scotland, there has been a battle and bloodshed. You’re in the middle of this countryside and you just feel it. There’s an energy to it. I definitely miss that.
What are your hobbies?
Of course I love animals. My main hobby is horse riding actually. My best friend owns some horses near here, so I get to ride them often. I also recently started golfing. Apparently, I have a “very natural swing.” My dad is really happy that I’m finally taking up golf because Scotland is the birthplace of golf, so I guess it’s just in my blood. I’m even about to buy my first set of clubs. I also like to try anything different or extreme, like skydiving. And anything nature related or travel related.
I took a trip around the world when I was 19. After high school, I didn’t get into the acting school that I really wanted to get into. Eventually I got accepted, but at the time I told myself that I wouldn’t go to a school that I didn’t want to be in. Instead, I used the time to travel. I went to New Zealand, Australia, the states, Fiji, Singapore and I worked in Rhode Island for a couple of years as a horse riding instructor for a summer camp. After traveling around the world, I was accepted into my first choice college.
What inspired you to go to drama school?
Acting has always been something I’ve wanted to do. It was either animals or acting. Science just isn’t my thing, so I didn’t become a veterinarian. Instead, I got into one of London’s top drama schools. After graduating, acting just didn’t feel right for whatever reason. Hosting was something I had always wanted to do, but never been able to. I changed careers like 6 or 7 years ago, and I’m glad I just went for it because I love it.