I hate talking about myself. It always comes across (to me) like bragging. Most of my friends and family already know about my crazy life, so this is for those who don’t:
~Grew up in the Philippines as a missionary kid from age 4-18, with 4th and 9th grades in Oregon, USA. My amazing father and mother were music teachers at Faith Academy, a school for missionary kids. From as far back as I can remember, the five Cadd kids sang together – everything from gospel to musicals. I went back to the Philippines for a year at age 21 and worked as a co-host on a Filipino television show.
~Took about 10 years to get my bachelors degree, a combined effort of three universities, and 15 more to get my masters in teaching – a sign of a true third-culture kid. I have a degree in Journalism (emphasis in photojournalism).
~Love to travel, love foreign cultures. It is probably my number one passion in life. I have traveled to over 50 countries and lived in six. I spent 16 months traveling around the world by myself from 1989-1990.
~For over 20 years, off and on, I freelanced in Los Angeles as a location scout/manager for national TV commercials and movies. As a photojournalist on an anti-apartheid newspaper, I briefly had the privilege of witnessing the power and insanity of South Africa a year before Mandela won in the historical elections. For two years, I observed the fall-out of war in Bosnia, a year after the peace accord, as I worked on a UN project to repair war-damaged homes. I took my very first full-time teaching job at an international school in Saudi Arabia where I learned a great deal from my amazing students from around the world.
~I left my teaching job and returned to Oregon to help care for my wonderful sister Yvonne who was dying of breast cancer. It was a life-changing experience, excruciatingly painful at times, but mostly an incredible privilege to be allowed to help my sister on her journey to the end of her life. She died December 7th, 2009. We all miss her beyond description.
~I’ve been incredibly blessed with the best parents anyone could ask for and brilliant siblings. Yvonne’s family has adopted me as their own, and I feel in some ways like I have my own family. The world is full of the dear friends I have made from childhood to now.
~I moved to Bunia, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with my brother and his wife, Jon and Cher Cadd, partly to recover from the year and a half with my sister, and partly to figure out what to do with my life. I’ve taken a few freelance photography jobs, one lasting a month covering stories for MAF UK in northern Uganda and Southern Sudan. I am currently starting a job in Congo’s Virunga National Park, working on communications-related projects, including raising readership and donations on their website (Jan 2011). So…check out their blog in the next few months and see what I’ve been up to: http://gorillacd.org