photo by: Paul LAndry
As far back as I can remember I've wanted to work in theater and television. And I have
worked professionally since I was a teen. Beyond that, I've always been artistically driven...
Art projects, Design, Sewing, Painting, Crafting, it doesn't matter - if there is something to create,
I'm usually into it.
In school I met a force of nature: a music teacher who challenged me in every way imaginable.
Those challenges ignited an innate creative drive into a blast furnace of all things music, theater,
and arts related; and there's been no looking back.
I will always be an actor and a singer. I'm also a writer, a producer, a talent/casting professional,
and diversity advocate. I’ve been a piano player -- as opposed to a pianist. I may have danced, but that's ancient history. I learned marketing and creative strategies from the ground up and from some of the best. I've done freelance print and design work for several companies - and even won a few design awards. I spent nearly eight years with Viacom at Nick@Nite and TVLand where I became an Emmy nominated producer. Again - I LOVE TELEVISION. Somehow, I'm still not sure how, I managed to work for Viacom while I was in OZ for HBO (an experience I am more than grateful for) but somehow I did it. The day I ran over to the tvland.com office during a lunch break in full wardrobe and make-up including a gunshot wound was pretty amusing.
I loved my long-time survival job in NY playing in the piano bars. 6 hours of fun and improv a night (many of the friends I made then are still friends today.) AND I LOVE IMPROV. I still volunteer with/for P.S. 310 in the Bronx NY where they don't have much of a music program and not too long after moving to LA I became involved with a youth mentoring program in L.A. On most Saturdays you can find me volunteering at the local food bank.
I served proudly as a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Diversity Committee for many years. I'm also a founding member of the Media Access Task Force which works for opportunity and inclusion of people with disabilities in the media. I've produced and conducted interviews for The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation, Diversity Events for the TV Academy and more...
I even spent all of 2012 as Director of Development for KLCS: Los Angeles' only remaining PBS Station. In 2015 I became involved with A MINOR CONSIDERATION, the not for profit founded by my dear friend Paul Petersen (The Donna Reed Show).