a dream: deconstructed…
When I was five years old, I moved from Florida to Virginia with my stepfather who was in the Navy, and my mother who’d immigrated to ‘the States’ just ten years earlier. If I got anything from my stepfather it was his foul mouth and comedic timing. My mother made sure I was polite and that I never put anything on a credit card I couldn’t pay for in cash. She also made sure I knew I could be anything I wanted to be.
As an only child, I escaped into worlds I created with stuffed animals and fitted sheets. I’d perform for my mom’s friends, dancing to Shania Twain’s “Man! I Feel Like A Woman” in my denim daisy dukes. I became fascinated with film when I’d sneak out into the living room to watch Interview With The Vampire and Waiting To Exhale on late night cable. There was something so telling in my captivation of the not-so-appropriate rendezvous. I fell in love with theatre in middle school after seeing a community production of Into the Woods. I was immersed. I knew then I wanted to create moments, and worlds, like that, for others.
Halfway through my first year in the IB (International Baccalaureate) program, I decided to focus less on S.T.E.M. motivated academics and transferred to the local Arts high school where I became a drama kid. My IB counselor insisted “But you can do theatre at Yale…”. She wasn’t wrong. But I went to the Arts high school anyway. I went on to get my BFA in Theatre Performance from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. There, I had the opportunity to tour children’s theater and perform abroad with The Conciliation Project in uncle tom: deconstructed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. Wanting to take the next step in my TV/film career I put my sights on the growing industry in Atlanta.
Acting for me is presence, purpose and play; on film, on stage, and in my day to day. Acting came to me as an outlet. But what began as a way to escape, quickly turned into a way to connect. My mission as an actor is to be a mirror of multitudes to humanity, to tap into our boundless ability for creation, and to find the universal in the nuanced and specific. Even if right now it’s more like “Here’s your coffee…” Lol.
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