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I am a California born and raised/ethnically mixed /female identifying actress/based on the east coast. 
I was 4 years old when I boarded my first flight to Hawaii. My great aunt and uncle escorted me over for the trip. Every summer since my mother was a child they would open their home to all of their nieces and nephews and there were many of us. They lived a life they loved - surrounded by their community nestled within the entertainment industry on the islands. At that time it was Hawaii 5-0, Magnum PI, and Jake and the Fatman. My uncle was a Producer and my auntie was a Polynesian dancer and an actress so many of the show's biggest stars were frequent visitors at the house. I spent 5 summers with them flying solo after that first year and when I was closer to 10 it was announced that my auntie had cancer. After a few remissions she passed away in 1992. My uncle passed away a few years later. 


As a child you never really know the impression certain people or experiences will make on your life long term but my aunt and uncle inspired the path I am on. 


About the same time my auntie was passing I was in the audience at a theater in La Mirada, California watching Charlotte's Web.  I don't know what it was about that particular performance but I was hooked. I held on to this dream for another 11 years before I was ready to take myself seriously. 



It was in a moment of clarity in my very early twenties when I realized that if I ever wanted to try acting, 'now' was the time. I enrolled in several acting classes at one of my local community colleges and worked my butt off waiting tables - taking classes - performing for school and in community theater. I acquired an agent and a manager and began schlepping to Los Angeles from Orange County. Quick changes in my car for an audition or a class, working as background all day and into the night making my way back through the Orange Curtain while watching the sunrise was a regular routine for me at that time. Burning the candle at both ends as my grandmother would say. 


I felt film and tv work were my desired outcome so when opportunities began to show up for student films I jumped. I was nominated early on in the “Best Actress” category for New York’s Horror film festival. I wrote and barebones produced several shorts, worked with a sketch comedy troop performing live and filming our sketches in studio for local broadcast. I wrote and filmed the pitch pilot for a travel series when reality tv was just becoming a ‘thing’. And after the bottom fell out of that project I needed a change and felt New York was the next step in my great adventure. Right before I moved I had the great pleasure of debuting a play from a playwright in my hometown and riding that high I felt  I was ready to earn a piece of the grit all of those great actors who came from the big city had. 


After several months of background work and going through my savings I returned to the restaurant industry. The world of performing arts was still calling and I managed to make time for classes studying privately with several teachers who are established working actors. Attending Atlantic Theatre, HB Studio, performing with a sketch comedy troupe, working on independent films and performing in black box theaters in and around the city, all the while auditioning for mainstream television and commercials, taking workshops, classes and seeing shows. For several years during the pandemic and after, I faithfully took classes with Working Actors Studio (rooted in Uta Hagen's approach to performance) and I would use the time to work on my auditions or just refine my techniques, keeping that creative and technical actors mind sharp and ready. 


Over the last few years I have booked co-stars on both Law & Order SVU and Organized Crime as well as several commercials, independent films and was an actor in rotation for a production studio in Brooklyn supporting actors in producing marketing material filmed as you would a character driven short.   


I began questioning myself and the question that was looming more than any other was  "why acting?" I needed to redefine my "why". I knew why I was drawn to the set up Reelarc offered their clients - so I approached them (the Brooklyn based studio I would frequent as an actor) and asked if I could PA for their productions. Given that I am a grown woman/an adult by all accounts - I am not your typical Production Assistant. I was a little nervous they would politely turn me away - but they didn't. Much to my hearts availability they employed me and I was in the studio supporting production in anyway they needed. I took to everything quickly and found myself in a sort of alignment I had only dreamed of. I was able to pull of my random skills collected from every survival job - random hobby - people loving - actor self and put them to work in one place.


Learning how to Direct was something I didn't realize I was doing but just happened. And going to set the first time while wearing that hat was a feeling of full engagement. I was honed in and could now speak not just the language of the actor but had acquired enough technical understanding to get the job done. My goal as a Director is to be the "bridge" between the two worlds - the actors and the technicians and to be able to design a beautiful performance that can be captured easily by all teams involved. 



As a Production Assistant in the Reelarc Studio one of the skills I was able to focus on and hone was Production Design. It was a unique way of working and one that allowed me to trust my intuition and learn how to trust the monitor. I now work in a way that isn't reliant on concrete plans because the sheer idea of a curveball and concrete doesn't land well. I prefer to know the mood of a script the story that is being told - the world we are working to paint and then I begin what I call a treasure hunt - collecting, making or building whatever makes sense within that world. I typically work off a shot list and planned camera moves creating a basic plan of execution but have an endless list of ideas for contingency plans.  The Art Department to me is like a playground with infinite options. 

Crafting myself as a writer is a labor of love. There are several stories that are working their way out. For now most of them are coming out in story form and I believe that once I am ready to turn them into screenplays I will pair up with a screen writer to take these stories to the next level of their creation.   

Currently in rotation is an American period piece from the perspective of women and the many different cultures converging at that time period (Historical Fiction). What was going to be a short is now turning into a full length film exposing one of our most treasured ways of coming together (Mocumentary). A series on a main stream facet of employment placed in sunny southern California - touching on all sorts of societal norms unspoken expectations and class differences and a sitcom about what one of America's biggest TV stars does after the pitfalls fame and a lifetime of distraction becomes boring. 

Thanks for learning a bit about me Stay Tuned - you never know where creativity will flow. 









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