I used to be shy, very shy, and hardly able to interact on a social basis. Being shy is a curse, but if you’re shy and really want to be on stage, makes it doubly difficult. Fortunately, my desire to perform outweighed my shyness. I chose to follow my heart, even though my head told me otherwise.
I’ve always been a singer, starting out in Jr. High choir and singing in choir all the way through college. But that got boring after I graduated. I found a regular job but missed singing and vowed I’d take lessons again some day.
That some day came in my mid 30’s when I started voice lessons again. A blind date took me to a local Gilbert & Sullivan production of Princess Ida and I noticed in the program they wanted singers for the chorus. I auditioned a few weeks later for their next production. I had no headshot and no resume but it didn’t matter, I became a fairy in Iolanthe. I enjoyed it, lots more fun than choir, but I found myself still getting blamed for wrong notes. I tried acting lessons with the director, but he was a poor teacher. I struggled with improv work for years due to his awful teaching. In the next production, I asked around for acting school recommendations and got directed to the best acting school in town. I wanted to be out in front, in a principal role, not in the back in the chorus.
After 5 years and many auditions, I understudied for Aunt Eller in Oklahoma! Since then, I've acted in over 16 independent films, many audio dramas, numerous plays and a few commercial videos.