Multi-cultural, spiritual, artistic and a global soul, I spent the last ten years living, studying and working in cities such as Singapore, Hong Kong, Jakarta, New York, Paris, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, and traveling everywhere else.
I lived in Singapore after getting my MBA in Marketing from NYU. There I found myself part of the first editorial team at Harper’s Bazaar. As the Beauty Writer, I wrote, interviewed, sourced products, styled shoots, and was the recipient of way too many beauty products, spa services, press junkets, chocolate cakes, flowers, and hors-d’ouvres at parties.
It was at Bazaar that I discovered a passion for turning my travel experiences into informative stories. Since then I’ve written travel features for English-language lifestyle publications in Asia, including Spa Asia and The Bangkok Post ‘the magazine’.
Besides using words, I now also use clips, narration and Final Cut Studio to create stories.
A trip to Salvador, Bahia, in the northeast part of Brazil in 2006 inspired me to capture local sounds and fast moving images on video. Look at this video of Dida below, a local female percussion group. This is how the streets of Salvador sound, and only video can capture it best.
An Afro-Brazilian dancer, devoted yogi, and art lover, I travel for the opportunities to deepen my understanding of dance, arts and yoga; and experience each country’s wonders of nature, architecture and cultures.
I am based in Venice, CA now, where I’ve become somewhat of an expert in social media. I tweet, pin and create social media content and strategy for non-profits, artists, yoga teachers/festivals and spiritual teachers. Contact me or find me on Twitter @sambayogi if you’re looking to boost your social media presence.
Living in Venice reminds me of stories I’ve read about Paris in the twenties. We live in interesting times, and Los Angeles is where interesting characters, stories, and events meet.
Published travel features are available at http://www.vickygoes.com/portfolio/.
Video clips are available at http://www.youtube.com/user/TheSambaYogi.