The Beginning

IT ALL STARTED AT 14 YEARS OLD. MY HIGH SCHOOL CHOIR WENT TO NEW YORK CITY AND WE SAW RENT ON BROADWAY. I WAS HOOKED. I WANTED TO BE MIMI. I WASN'T SPANISH AND DIDN'T HAVE THAT BEAUTIFUL CURLY HAIR, BUT I WAS GOING TO FIGURE IT OUT. AFTERWARDS, WE WERE WALKING DOWN THE STREETS IN TIMES SQUARE, I LOOKED UP AT A SEEMINGLY RUN DOWN APARTMENT(THAT PROBABLY COST MORE THAN OUR HOME IN IOWA), AND SAID TO MYSELF “I’M GOING TO LIVE THERE AND BE A STRUGGLING ARTIST.” BY THIS TIME MY EXPOSURE TO CULTURE WAS WATCHING FAME AND CHORUS LINE OVER AND OVER, CHOREOGRAPHING DANCES TO JANET JACKSON AND BRITNEY SPEARS IN MY BASEMENT, AND WRITING POETRY IN MY ROOM ON A SCHOOL NIGHT WHEN I SHOULD OF BEEN STUDYING. LITTLE DID I KNOW WHAT I WAS GETTING MYSELF INTO.


My Path Was Set

4 YEARS LATER AT THE AGE OF 18, I PACKED MY BAGS AND MOVED TO NYC. I STUDIED AT VARIOUS CONSERVATORIES AND STUDIOS; INCLUDING STELLA ADLER, HB STUDIOS, AND SCHOOL OF RUSSIAN ARTS THEATER (COLUMBIA U. PROGRAM). I LOVED MAKING NEW DISCOVERIES WITH EACH ACTING SCHOOL I WENT TO.

DURING THAT TIME I WAS ALL ABOUT SEEKING AND EXPLORING, HAVING LIVED IN 11 DIFFERENT APARTMENTS. I FELT LIKE EACH NEIGHBORHOO I MOVED TO, MUCH LIKE MY ACTING CLASSES, WERE NEW WORLDS TO EXPLORE.


Nothing Is Ever That Easy

MY ADVENTUROUS SPIRIT LED ME TO GREAT DISCOVERIES, BUT WITH LACK OF GUIDANCE AND SUPPORT I FELL INTO TRAPS THAT MANY STRUGGLING ACTRESSES CAN FALL INTO. I REACHED A POINT WHERE MY DREAMS WERE JUST A FAR AWAY MEMORY. I STOPPED AUDITIONING, I STOPPED MY RELENTLESS PURSUIT IN STUDYING MY CRAFT AND MY LIFE BECAME A VACUUM. STILL, THERE WAS THIS TINY VOICE TELLING ME NOT TO GIVE UP AND TO FIGHT BACK. AFTER HITTING MY LOWEST POINT, I MADE A DETERMINATION TO USE MY SEEKING SPIRIT TO MY ADVANTAGE AND TAKE CHARGE OF MY CIRCUMSTANCES. EVENTUALLY WITH THE HELP OF MANY WONDERFUL PEOPLE THAT CAME IN MY LIFE, MY INSPIRATION WAS RENEWED AND I CAME BACK INTO THE ACTING WORLD FULL FORCE. COMING FROM A NEW PERSPECTIVE, I IMMEDIATELY STARTED GETTING WORK. SHORTLY AFTER, A SERIES OF COINCIDENCES LED ME TO MOVE TO LOS ANGELES. I ALWAYS THOUGHT NYC WOULD BE MY ONE AND ONLY LOVE, BUT LA HAS OFFICIALLY STOLE ME AWAY.(IN A PERFECT WORLD I COULD HAVE BOTH :) )
A NEW CITY COMES WITH NEW CHALLENGES, BUT THANKFULLY I AM STRONGER AND MORE GROUNDED. I AM SO GRATEFUL FOR THE AMAZING, INSPIRING PEOPLE THAT HAVE COME INTO MY LIFE. THROUGH MY WONDERFUL COMMUNITY I AM BUILDING, AND MY OWN DAILY DETERMINATION, I REALIZE NOW THAT BEING A STRUGGLING ARTIST OR A SUCCESSFUL ARTIST OR JUST AN ARTIST IS NOT ABOUT MY OWN SELFISH PURSUITS. I HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO SERVE A PURPOSE LARGER THAN MYSELF.