a dream: deconstructed…
I was born in Florida and moved to Virginia when I was five. I grew up in Newport News with my stepfather who was a sailor and my mother who’d immigrated to ‘the States’ four years before having me. If I got anything from my stepfather it was his foul mouth and comedic timing. My mother made sure I was polite and diplomatic. I became fascinated with film when I’d sneak out into the living room to watch late night cable and one night Interview With The Vampire was on. I fell in love with acting in elementary school when I joined Odyssey of the Mind (OM), a collaborative problem-solving competition, and won an acting award. In middle school, I fell for the magic of theatre when I saw a community theater production of Into the Woods and knew that’s what I wanted to do.
Halfway through my freshman year at an International Baccalaureate (IB) high school 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. At my IB exit exam the counselor said “But you can do theatre at Yale…” trying to convince me to stay in the program. She wasn’t wrong. But I went to the Arts high school anyway. I remember visiting my new school and feeling like I had just stepped onto the set of Center Stage, there was art everywhere. After graduating, I went on to get my BFA in Theatre Performance from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA studying abroad and performing with The Conciliation Project in uncle tom: deconstructed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Wanting to take the next step in my TV/film career I moved to Atlanta.
Since moving to Atlanta, I’ve been bumped up into a principal role in American Made across from Tom Cruise, auditioning for the part on-set with the star and director Doug Liman. In 2018, I supported Josephine Langford in After the film adaption of the successful Wattpadd YA novel by Anna Todd. Tulsa, running for 13 weeks in Regal Cinemas across the country came in 3rd for the highest grossing self-distributed films of all time. And most recently, I wrapped up filming on my first ever network TV gig! Stay tuned for when that airs!
Acting for me is presence, purpose and freedom on film, on stage and in my day to day. It’s being in the moment. It’s the “how” to achieving my goals. And it’s letting it all go allowing the spark of creation to breathe it to life. My mission as an actor is to be a mirror of multitudes to humanity, to tap into our boundless ability for creation, and to serve my audience, connecting globally through collaboration and community.
Even if, right now, it’s more like, “Here’s your coffee”. Lol.
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Photo by: Jordan Desamours @jordanshootsfilm