We had the good fortune of connecting with Amy Forsythe and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amy, what role has risk played in your life or career?
“Risking is always better than regretting” is a quote that has fueled my passion for global travel, pushing my creative limits and challenging the status quo. When we reflect on crossroads in our lives, sometimes people regrets about the things they would have, should have or could have done to achieve a different outcome. I’ve always tried to make decisions based on the fear of regretting to take risks with my career and relationships.
As a military combat photographer, I served five tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq where I was exposed to great risk to life and limb but found that I thrived in dangerous situations and living on the edge. I was being pushed to face fears of death and serious injury on a daily basis but it gave me a renewed sense of reward, gratitude and appreciation for all the goodness in life. While those situations are in the rear-view mirror for me now, I cherish the experiences of danger and uncertainty because it continues to make me a better leader, friend and American citizen. Taking risks is an opportunity to grow, learn and sacrifice. When there’s no risk, there’s no reward.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m an award-winning military journalist who has served five combat tours and been on assignment for several overseas missions. As a Marine combat correspondent and Navy public affairs officer, my imagery from covering military operations around the world has been featured in numerous international and national media outlets through the years and continues to be used for historical purposes. I currently serve in the U.S. Navy Reserve as a Public Affairs Officer and I’m involved in supporting various local veteran service organizations in North San Diego County. Serving in the military as a woman and combat correspondent hasn’t always been easy, but it’s been worth it knowing that I made a difference and could share the courage of our great military members through the years.
The book ‘Heroes Live Here’ started as a passion project to showcase the memorials and markers on Camp Pendleton and has turned into a collaborative work of art that honors our fallen heroes of the post-9/11 generation. I was first stationed at Camp Pendleton, California, in 1995 and still have strong ties to the base and surrounding communities. It’s the highest honor to pay tribute to those who sacrificed so much over the past 20 years of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would show off the cute seaside town of Oceanside, California, and take them to Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton to see the nice tributes and memorials and express gratitude for our heroes of the Marine Corps.
I would love to take them to the locally-owned restaurants in Oceanside to brag about what an amazing place Oceanside has become. Walking out to the Oceanside Pier and looking back to shore would be a great way to reflect on how far the city has come over the past 10 years.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There’s so many people to recognize in my journey this far. I’ve poured my heart in soul into my first book to honor those who’ve sacrificed so much. The book is titled “Heroes Live Here: A Tribute to Camp Pendleton Marines Since 9/11.” www.heroeslivehere.com