Sometimes I can't believe it took me so long to realize that acting is my true passion.
Maybe I would have figured it out sooner had I done that play back in high school. Nope. I chose the soccer team instead.
It really should have hit me after college when I worked as a rollerskating waitress in a Manhattan restaurant with stairs. It didn't. Everyone I worked with was an actor... that would have been way too easy.
The acting bug finally bit when I moved to San Francisco, but my Wall Street bank sales & trading job found me first and I struggled to try to do both; If something had to give, it was my acting, and I hated saying no to my agent. I left sales & trading in 2013 after 18 great years and I've never looked back. It was only after quitting that I could fully explore this 'acting-thing-I- sorta-did-when-I-could-finagle-a-way-to-leave- the-desk-to-audition-or be on set.' But even while battling my inflexible finance job and its 3:45am daily alarm, I booked enough to join the union, including a role on the pilot of Parenthood!
Now, I am thrilled to be able to say YES. YES to the audition tomorrow at 10:00am, YES to the job three weeks-ish from now, and HELL YES to all the classes I can get my hands on. I’ve taken a weekly acting class with Richard Seyd since February 2013, improv with BATS (Bay Area Theater Sports), and immersive voiceover training at VoiceOne and TCVO. I’ve also booked more jobs than ever, including work for an animation studio I’d only dreamed about.
My other passion is my family. I'm married to my best friend, and I'm a mom to two teen girls who have crowned me Queen of Embarrassing Stories. I make a mean Snickerdoodle and am an Extreme Fondant Sculptor. If baking isn't your thing, I can drop and bang out 40 pushups—on my toes—just to show you I mean business.
So, next time you see me, let me know if you want to hear about the 'Underwear on the Trading Floor Incident' or when my very public rap to LL Cool J's "Mama Said Knock You Out" went horribly wrong. I've got a million of 'em.
Or, if you'd rather the Snickerdoodles, I'll just need some advanced warning.