My background is in tech - in my past life I was a project manager for Amazon and then Google. I was a part of that world early enough that what I walked away with stock-wise allowed me, at a very young age, to look around and figure out what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. I had moved from Silicon Valley to Manhattan, so I took advantage of the city and signed up for a series of classes: programming, cooking, photography, writing… the thing that stuck was acting.
While in New York, I studied at Stella Adler but spent most of my time improvising at The PIT (People’s Improv Theater). I was also honored to be named as an Apprentice to the Williamstown Theatre Festival. That experience, in fact, drove me away from stagework and straight to L.A. to focus on film and T.V.
Since moving here, I’ve been generating my own work. Most recently I starred in a comic indie short Will & Fiona which was an official selection of the 2012 Boston International Film Festival… as well as 7 other festivals.
I’ve also been writing and producing, as I did on The Consultants, a web series I also starred in which was named a finalist in the Producers Guild of America’s Producers Challenge. It was also selected to be presented at the Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business Media & Entertainment Symposium… mostly because the organizers found it on the web, thought it was hilarious, and asked me to come and speak. Wild, huh?
It’s unusual experiences like these which have been incredibly rewarding. I recently spoke at District Court Judge Ronald Lew’s annual luncheon – they needed an interesting speaker and somehow stumbled across me. The previous year’s speakers were on “The Amazing Race” and my first thought when I heard that was, “I can’t compete with The Amazing Race!” I was a bit anxious about the whole thing as the crowd consisted of people from the FBI, DEA, U.S. Attorneys’ Office, and the Public Defender’s Office – certainly far afield from what I’m used to! They showed the trailer to my documentary and then Judge Lew asked me if I thought acting and improv would be useful to lawyers! (I said yes :) )
In the future, I hope to continue to improve as an actor – both craft-wise (I study at Lesly Kahn & Co.) and in my career as well as to continue to generate more of my own content.