I have a confession, I am a little bit of a control freak. I have a plan for everything including where I want to be in five years as well as thirty minutes from now. I understand that life has a plan of its own, but a general guideline can’t hurt. Then, there are those moments when life runs its own course. It can be frustrating, but those are the moments when you have to remember how far you’ve come.
I moved to California with my dad when I was 17. I knew I wanted to pursue acting and dance, but I had no idea where to begin or what kind of business I was getting myself into. I didn’t know anybody, didn’t know my way around, and certainly didn’t know anyone “in the biz”. It’s kind of sad, but I didn't even know what a headshot was. Information and the internet wasn’t as awesome as it is now.
I eventually enrolled in a theater class at my local college. That is, after I found out where it was and after I had my dad drive to the school to sign all my consent papers. I was still a minor at the time. That was essentially my first taste of acting. I’m sure I was horrible and “green”, but it was a great place to start. I needed some time to adjust to life out of high school and in a new town. My first friend here in CA was Gian Molina. I met him in class of course. He was the one who told me where to start- head shots, LA Casting, Actors Access, etc... He was great, because a lot of people don't want to share information, so this was definitely appreciated. So if you're reading this and have any questions, feel free to ask. I'll do my best to pay it forward.
Years down the road, I’ve been a part of many short films, music videos, a few commercials, a tv show, danced at Disney Land, danced in China, did a stunt show at Knotts Berry Farm, got my SAG/Aftra eligibility, and now I am producing my own projects. Yes, I even learned to write, shoot, and edit. I’m not Kathryn Bigelow yet, but man have I come far.
At least at the end of the day, I know that I am making progress. I definitely feel stuck some time, but when I look at the big picture, I know things are moving along.
*Photos are from my very first head shot session. Had to go and find them online. Just imagine this head shot in black and white. That's what it was. So yeah, I can definitely say I've come a long way*