a dream: deconstructed…

 

When I was little, 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 bad mouth and comedic timing. My mother made sure I was polite 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 knew then I wanted to create moments like that for others.

“Opportunity is not a lengthy visitor”

– Cinderella, Into The Woods

Halfway through my first year in IB 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. After graduating, 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 sought work in Atlanta.

Louis: A vampire pretending to be human, pretending to be a vampire.
Claudia: How avant-garde.

– Interview With The Vampire

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 individual. Even if right now it’s more like “Here’s your coffee…” Lol.

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Photo by: Jordan Desamours @jordanshootsfilm