About Sydney


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Short Bio:

My life until today: born and raised in Overland Park, Kansas, I went to KU for two years (ROCK CHALK JAYHAWK!!), dropped everything, moved to Florida with my parents, finished my degree at USF, moved to Chicago, rocked the Windy City, got certified to skydive, did a “semester abroad” in Austin, moved back to Chicago to work at the DZ I started at, took a trip out west to Skydive Elsinore for the Chicks Rock Boogie, and now moved out here with the husband and the dogs, currently calling Lake Elsinore, California home. 

::deep breath – that was a long sentence::

Now that is the very, very condensed version.

Extended Bio:

I like to jump out of airplanes. So much in fact, that I’ve created a lifestyle that has skydiving weaved in just about everything I do. After quickly falling (quite literally) in love with the sport in 2005, I reignited my love for freefall in March 2010 at Skydive Temple while in Austin to speak at SXSW. I am now a USPA certified skydiver. But I haven’t been a skydiving bum slash entrepreneur my whole life. No, no, I was a cubicle dweller for a bit after college. I’ve worked with some of the best and brightest agencies in the business, and, from what I gather, I was on a rocket ship up the corporate ladder. My life used to work like this: I’d work 9-5 (or you know, 8-11 sometimes, yay agency life), then, at 5:00 on Friday, you’d find me bolting to my car, backpack and blanket in tow on my way out to the dropzone to squeeze in a jump before sunset and camp out for the weekend.

Now? I’m working with Skydive Elsinore on all things events, digital and social media. I spend my days at the dropzone, cranking out some serious planning for the event calendar, helping to manage the skydiving teams (including my team, Elsinore Horizon), and rocking out with some of my social media marketing know-how between jumps and packing my parachute. Not a bad gig, right?

This blog here, Sydney: Unfiltered, is “a raw take on my life as it is: unpredictable, frightening, and wildly exciting.” Here, I explore the day-to-day learnings of a nomadic 20-something, including the transition from college to corporate, corporate to skydiving bum, as well as my adventures in the bright blue skies.

I’m a graduate of the University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, where I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in public relations with a focus on digital/emerging media.  I currently reside in Lake Elsinore, California, happily surrounded by a handful of different mountain ranges, 45 minutes from the beach, and about an hour to LA or San Diego.

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Orrrr you could always just shoot over an email: sydney.a.owen@gmail.com.