1. What is something not too many people know about you?
If I hadn’t have gone to school for acting I would have gone for meteorology. I think the weather is the coolest thing for the reason that it is completely out of human control. It’s a release of power that humans can find hard to give up in other circumstances. I can identify all the different types of clouds and love following storms on radars. I’d love to go storm chasing one day and see a tornado in action.
2. What are your biggest passions or hobbies?
My greatest passion is theater. The exchange of emotion from the actor to the audience is something that is indescribable and has been capturing hearts and minds since the beginning of communications. I have a tattoo of the word Pathos in the International Phonetic Alphabet, a translating tool actors study, which signifies the universal desire for experiencing and sharing the deepest emotions, from sorrow to ecstasy. I have been performing since I was 5 years old in community and regional theater companies before studying musical theater in college.
I have dedicated my entire life to training and experiencing as much of the craft as possible. I fly back and forth from Chicago to New York City every few weeks for auditions and call backs and plan to make the big move this summer.
3. What are your goals for the future?
With my move to NY I plan to put all my focus into my acting career. My goal is pretty straight forward: to book a national tour or a broadway show. While it is the same goal as thousands in the city, I have smaller goals to keep me motivated and on track in the mean time. The goal I’m focused on currently is to make the move. No one is ever “ready” so why not just do it? I’m a huge advocate for ‘biting the bullet’. No guts, no glory.
4. What is your definition of success?
I took a dance class in New York recently and the teacher shared her definition of success that really stuck with me: success is loving what you do and people loving what you do. That’s all we want, isn’t it? I am halfway to success as far as I see it.
5. Tell us something about the projects you’re currently working on.
I have a couple projects on the line at the moment. I just performed a solo cabaret in Chicago this past week which has taken up much of my focus and energy the past month. I’ve been in and out of NY as well with the busy season of auditions. I fly back next week for an audition and then to Kansas City for another callback the week after. It feels like I’m constantly ‘on the go’ but I love what I do so I wouldn’t change a thing.