MY SHOWBIZ BIO
I've worked professionally in all areas of the entertainment industry, both on the West Coast and in New York. As a performer, I appeared Off-Broadway at the Chelsea Theater Center (Westside Arts), with the Light Opera of Manhattan and San Francisco's Lamplighters Music Theatre, and on ABC-TV's All My Children.
My experience behind the camera includes heading the Commercial Division as a talent agent at Stars, The Agency in San Francisco, casting for Tony winner (Raisin) Robert Brittan's A Children's Song (backer's audition), industrials, and voice-overs, and working for longtime SF casting director, Mike Humphrey, scouting "real people" for many national TV commercials, including Little Caesar's Pizza, Budweiser, and Sprite.
In 2005, I directed The Little Prince at the award-winning A Company of Girls in Portland, Maine. Inspired by this experience, I created Remarkable Girls, a unique all-girl theatre program for ages 9-18. I've taught drama for at-risk students at Building Futures Now in East Palo Alto, musical theatre at The Girls' Middle School and senior and recreation centers, and auditioning, both privately and in workshops.
My own training includes New York voice teacher, Elizabeth Howell, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and I am a proud graduate of the prestigious Los Angeles Civic Light Opera Musical Theater Workshop where I worked with industry professionals, Paul Gleason and casting director, Gordon Hunt.
A LITTLE BIT ABOUT ME, YOU, AND THIS BLOG
When I was six years old, I wowed the crowd singing operatic arias at one of my parents' dinner parties. I attribute this early success to the fact that my father, a professional singer, studied with the renowned and highly esteemed vocal coach, Estelle Liebling, an intelligent and talented artist, a woman of character–a class act.
According to family lore, I went to tea with Miss Liebling and her Oscar-winning actress friend when I was about three. In that environment, hanging out with all that talent, I figure something must have rubbed off on me, right?
After a ten-year hiatus from show business (not counting winning the coveted role of Cinderella's evil stepmother in summer day camp when I was eleven and all the other girls got mad at me), I resumed my career acting and singing in numerous plays and musicals.
At the age of twenty-five, I moved to The Big Apple, where I lived my dream–for a while, anyway.
But here's what's important:
The theatre saved me.
When you grow up in an unstable environment, with chaos and confusion, you need something solid and positive in your life that you can hold on to. Performing kept me focused. And disciplined. I had a purpose. And don't we all need a purpose? I wasn't going down the drain like the rest of them, no sir. After all, I'd gone to tea with Miss Liebling and her Oscar-winning actress friend.
But after six years in New York, I let a California man I'd known for twelve hours convince me to leave the city I'd grown to love. Between you and me, I think I just wanted to live out my life offstage to see if I was any good at it.
By the age of thirty-five, my life was a disaster, a never-ending drama. Trying to have a relationship with a man who preferred a bar stool to me was only one of my problems. Self-sabotage and self-neglect were two more. Living in chaos with secret shame and ongoing pain was more than a problem, it was my lifestyle.
Worst of all, I had stopped performing.
So, I went out and found a professional listener to talk to. Maybe she could tell me what was wrong with me.
And she did. It was growing up with domestic violence.
Turns out, I had driven a truckload of fallout from my childhood right into the middle of my adult life and parked it there. Take away the theatre and free up my time and I did what I knew how to do, what I had learned at a young age to do: live a dysfunctional life.
Clearly, there was work to be done to get myself back on a positive track. And after many years I was sure I had done it.
Fast forward to 2012...
The day I decide to start a blog is the same day I catch myself reverting to one of my old coping mechanisms: walking on eggshells.
My blog was launched on that very day for people still grappling with the aftereffects of childhood domestic violence. With My Life Walking on Eggshells, I set out to raise awareness of the problem and encourage readers to make significant changes in their lives, just as I had in mine.
Which brings me to this blog.
This new blog is for YOU and those like you who want more, more in life and…
more from yourself.
Of course you want to have more, who doesn't? And you want to do more, see more, experience more, and always, love more. But for that to happen you must show up–fully. And you must decide what you and your one precious life are about.
So, when you get that three in the morning pit in your stomach and you know it's not the third slice of pizza you had the night before because you always have three slices, well, that's your soul, kid, alerting you to the fact that you're missing the mark. There's more to you than your life is currently reflecting. That pit is your soul's alarm system warning you that you're stagnating, or worse, shrinking.
This blog is here to remind you that it's time to play BIG.
It's time to uncover what's been simmering inside of you for so long, time to get out there and test drive your God-given talents.
More importantly, it's time to polish your character.
When I was a young actress, my life was about being in a show. The theatre mattered, and I wanted to matter. I wanted to contribute and do first-rate work. I wanted to have meaningful interactions and relationships with bright, shiny, talented creatives who were, on a daily basis, spilling forth into their lives every bit of the best they had within them. And, always, I wanted more from myself.
Today, though the form of my life has changed, the essence of what I want remains the same. And one thing's for sure: I want to finish the way I started. I want my life to be about having tea with the Miss Lieblings and the Oscar-winning actress friends of the world.
What do you want your life to be about?
More than what you're living now?
Then get ready to become all that you were meant to be.