GirlGeek of the Week
When Candice Nelms' father brought home
a Commodore64 she was not impressed. Programming in BASIC kept her
interest only for a short time. Ultimately, she was more interested
in her Atari console and a sketchpad on which she recreated architectural
structures found around her neighborhood.
Computers weren't her thing but Candice loved technology and engineering.
She took apart electronics just to put them back together. Audio-video
was a specialty. She would mix music using a 6-channel soundboard
from Radio Shack and multiple turntables. And she always had a camcorder
handy for producing short movies with her brothers.
Sound engineering/designing became a career for Candice after
graduating from NYU in 1993. At that time she also discovered the
Web and was fascinated with its multimedia possibilities. She says,
"The computer had finally ALMOST caught up to the speed at which
the human brain can think and react, and that was what I needed.
I needed something that could multi-task in a non-linear fashion
to keep my interest, something that would progress and change day
to day and something that could only be limited by my own thought
and no one else's."
From there, she taught herself HTML, video editing, graphic design,
could get her hands on. For Candice it was a great feeling to be
doing everything she loved as a child and do it on a far greater
level, at far greater a capacity, with far more reach.
did you first discover your love and/or obsession with computers
When I realized computers where now capable of being my "right-hand
machine" working as fast as I could think, changing and
progressing everyday and bringing my every thought to fruition.
How do you earn a living?
As an individual I make a living doing a lot of sound engineering
working with both theater and music. As an entrepreneur I
co-own a business with partner Emily Hofstetter, siliconsalley.com
an online magazine, broadband news/talk show, Internet radio
station and consulting firm for not only the IT and small business
worlds, but for the entertainment industry as well.
Do you consider yourself a Geek?
What is your favorite Website?
What do you do when you are not working?
Well, it's hard to even think of a moment's peace when
I am not working or even thinking about work and current projects
at this time in my life, but I love to travel and visit places I
have never been. I also love to read and go to the movies and hang
out with people NOT in this industry! Again, balance is key.
What's your motto?
If you're in a hurry to get up you're gonna hurry up
Who would play you in a movie about your life?
Emily says Neve Campbell, but I say Natalie Portman.
What would be the title of your autobiography?
"Janice Rossi Can Do Whatever She Wants!"
Who is the person you most admire?
I admire anyone willing to "risk" in life. I guess if pressed
to pick one person, I would have to say my grandmother Joie Marshall
who just recently passed away. I think "fear" was even challenged
by her, she was full of courage.
When and where were you the happiest?
Well, I'm pretty happy right now - but there was one time when
I learned how to hang glide on Kill Devil Hills, NC (where the
Wright Bros. First flew) that was pretty damn exhilarating!
If you could have one super power what would
The ability to fly.