My Work

“The Role of the artist is to ask questions, not answer them.” -Chekhov

Truth is, there is little distinction between my professional and personal life.  I take what I do in life to heart. It is all personal, I’m an artist.  Growing up in a creative family has molded my perception of work in unique ways. Work was play and play was work— From as early as I can remember I was a performer and loved it. I felt the spotlight at a young age–it was never forced upon me and it never felt like work. My adult life has been the passionate pursuit of discovering new creative ways of expressing myself while giving thanks to this art form by inspiring young artists to pursue their creativity. I have learned to step to and fro into the warmth of the light every chance I get…

I can remember being 9 years old riding the subway w/ my mom in NYC, heading to the Palace Theatre in Times Square (where I was currently employed in a Broadway Show) when a woman looked down at me and asked “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Without hesitation, I replied: “A waitress!”  Because for me, being on stage felt like everything except work. And, almost 20 years later… it still does.

I am passionate about self expression and I have found the most authentic channel for me is the performing arts. I’m OK to have the world call me whatever it needs to… an actor, dancer, singer, performer,  (or any variation in between) but, inside (where it really counts) I am none of those things specifically or exclusively. I am all of those things, and I consider myself an artist because, it gives me room to roam. And, when I roam in creative waters, I bridge my professional life and personal life- as One.  And, it is where I most belong.

I have left and returned to this art form over and over again . And that’s how I know it is the single thing I care most about. I simply can’t live without it. And I don’t wanna…

My personal life experiences have helped me hone my craft and I am so grateful. I often refer back to the little girl in me who performed just because she loved It! And, that is the root of why I continue to pursue ways to express myself. It always brings me home.  After all these years I refuse to make a choice between doing what I love and being able to support myself. I still believe both can be done with grace (and a lot of self affirming) and I will continue proving it to myself. I vow to spend a lifetime investing in this art form and encouraging kids to explore it while doing the work on myself- on and off the stage. And so it goes…

“The crowning fortune of a man is to be born to some pursuit which finds him employment and happiness, whether it be to make baskets, or broadswords, or canals, or statues, or songs.”― Emerson

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