I live an artistic life. I work and pursue interests in a variety of artistic fields which have brought me great joy.
I was raised in Missouri and began my artistic journey enrolled as an art student at Northwest Missouri State University. After a year, I switched my concentration to broadcasting, eventually earning my degree in that field. Shortly after graduation, I was hired as a television anchorman in a small Missouri college town. Within a few months, "the Arts" called and I auditioned and was accepted into the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. The academy had two locations - New York City and Los Angeles. I had my choice. Because I was interested in film, I headed to Los Angeles!
Meanwhile, I read every book I could find about acting and most suggested starting an acting career in New York City. After the completion of my first year at the academy, I eventually headed to New York City and the Great White Way! I found my first apartment in Queens, sharing with two strangers I had met through a roommate finder service. I got my headshot together and my resume and started auditioning for non-union acting work with the hope of eventually acquiring my Actor's Equity union card.
My first New York job was as a waiter at the famous Sardi's Restaurant in the theater district. It was a great introduction to New York City. Within six months, I had auditioned and was cast in an Off-Broadway company, Light Opera of Manhattan. I was hired as an apprentice as a singer/actor! As an apprentice, I could earn my Equity card after 50 weeks! However, the company paid apprentices only thirty-five dollars a week. I found work as a temporary office employee, mostly in Midtown or in Wall Street. The opera company fell on hard times during my apprenticeship, but eventually the company survived long enough for me to become eligible to join Actor's Equity. I also joined the Screen Actors Guild and AFTRA.
I worked tirelessly trying to break into show business, auditioning and taking classes in acting. I was cast in numerous small roles for a television soap opera and later another Off-Broadway company. I also began Friday night figure drawing at the Art's Student League with a Wall Street co-worker. But, my love for film eventually turned my interest to Los Angeles once again. I left New York and my friends behind with the intention of moving directly to Los Angeles, but my plans took a detour for a few years in Missouri.
In Missouri, I painted every day and after a few months began entering my artwork in local and national shows. My work appeared in The Artist's Magazine after entering a couple of their art competitions and a local museum gave me two solo exhibits of my work. A local bank bought several of my paintings which not only boosted my income but my confidence. Meanwhile, I auditioned for theater roles in Kansas City and was cast in a musical which eventually led to singing with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City where I sang in German, French, Italian and English. I joined AGMA.
I also spent two years in Nashville, thinking I might be a country singer, but that didn't work out.
And yet, film continued to call. I moved to Los Angeles more than fifteen years ago which I now call home. I continued taking acting classes and getting cast in small television roles. I was encouraged, by one of my sisters, to take a screenwriting class because she always enjoyed my writing. I took night classes with UCLA and after two years earned a certificate in screenwriting.
Then COVID hit! Acting came to an abrupt halt. I have spent my time over these past two years writing and painting. My screenwriting has earned me accolades from several screenwriting competitions. COVID is still a part of our lives, but hopefully it will soon be over. In the meantime, I continue to create.
Playing backgammon backstage Light Opera of Manhattan
First painting in The Artist's Magazine - Blue Moo