I grew up in the Puget Sound area (moving between the cities of Seattle, Shoreline, and Lynnwood). My mom was always watching detective shows (Columbo, Hercule Poirot, Murder She Wrote, etc.) or marathons of old James Bond films. I’m pretty sure some of that rubbed off on me and is why I have an inherent fascination with private investigation.
Before I became a private investigator, I’ve had quite a few careers: martial arts instructor, door-to-door canvasser, furniture salesman, uber driver, plumber, and janitor. But there were two careers that really had a huge impact on my private investigation career:
1. I was a marketing consultant for 10 years. During this time I routinely uncovered the private information of individuals (psychological profiles, demographic data, phone numbers, email addresses, home addresses, etc) using a variety of research tools and techniques. I then used this information to locate specific types of customers and craft highly targeted marketing campaigns that would make them buy what I was selling. This skillset has proved to be invaluable when it comes to locating hard to find people for my private investigation clients.
2. I owned & operated a hostel for 3 years. I managed multiple properties that had a total of 38 guests. Being a hostel owner taught me how to deal with chaotic situations on a daily basis. From stopping fights between guests, to investigating who stole someone’s phone, to dealing with the bodies of guests who died in their sleep. Many of the problems I dealt with while running these hostels are similar to the problems I face as a private investigator – from the intensity of the problems I have to deal with, to the on-the-spot solutions I need to come up with to solve those problems.
I love being a private investigator because I get to help people solve difficult, high-stress, and sometimes dangerous problems they can't solve on their own. Being able to come through for someone when they really need you is one of the most exhilarating experiences in life. Those moments where you’re truly needed by another human being. My purpose in life is found in those moments.
"And I'm standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff. I mean if they're running and they don't look where they're going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them. That's all I do all day. I'd just be the catcher in the rye and all. I know it's crazy, but that's the only thing I'd really like to be." ~ Catcher In The Rye