Here's the story of my life (abridged version).
I was born in the small town of Hilton, NY (that's way upstate in Rochester, NY). #applecountry .
From there, I moved to Tucson, AZ. and yes, culture shock is a real thing! It was there that I discovered my love for art and started exploring my creative side through painting, drawing, etc.
After two years in the desert, I moved to sunny Pearland, TX. (a suburb of Houston). Now pay attention, this is where it gets good. In 5th grade, it was mandatory that we take theater as an elective and I was dreading it! "I was going to be an artist and nothing was going to change that!" Plus, I was a really, really shy child. Our final assignment for "theater arts" was to write an original skit and perform it in front of the class and invited guests. We decided to do a parody of The Late Show with David Letterman. It was during the "will it float" portion (we used a rubber duck... It did in fact float), that I had a crystalizing moment of clarity, an epiphany - if you will. Through the sounds of people laughing and the excited beating of my own heart, I heard a voice in my head say, "I have to do this for the rest of my life."
From 6th-12th grade, I did everything and anything I could that was related to theatre. Many ups and downs, but never questioning my quest to be an actor.
After high school, I was accepted at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts (AADA), in New York City (can you say "culture shock" again). I graduated 3 years later as a proud member of the 2014-2015 Academy Company, with some truly amazing people. A few years after college, I was lucky enough to become an usher at the beautiful Hudson theatre. In my own small way I was part of the Broadway community. But little did I know, that this job would change everything. You see the theatre company, Ambassador Theatre Group, who operates the Hudson theatre, was also in charge of another Broadway theatre called the Lyric. I was, again, fortunate enough to transfer over there for a while and be a part of the amazing front of house team that helped open Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Six months later, I was cast in the San Francisco production of HPCC as Scorpius Malfoy.
It's been over 15 years since that duck floated and I've never looked back. Simply put, I love what I do and I've been fortunate enough to pursue it as my career! So yeah, that was then and this is now, and I look forward to sharing my new discoveries and adventures with you.
Keep your eyes on the horizon my friends. Our future is bright!
"Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself."