ACTRESS: Stage, Screen, TV, Commercials & VOs
I was pretty shy when I was younger! Loved to sing, dance, and tell stories to my friends... but I was extremely body conscious and objectified as soon as I developed. So, when my friend's Mom (stage manager) asked me to participate in a local play (at 23) I asked, "Doing what?!" It was a skit from The Carol Burnett Show, "So Proudly We Heal" (so apropos). I was to portray sexy Nurse Applebaum and had to keep reminding the Doctor of my name, to which he replied, "The apples I remember, it's the name I forget." The audience erupted with laughter. That was the first time I was tickled by attention to my figure - it was freeing and I found myself backstage wanting more! After several plays with this 'community' I asked where to study. I prompty auditioned and got into the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in NYC, six months later I was getting paid to entertain up and down the East Coast. I was thrilled to have found my calling.
Never having been a fan of the cold weather I soon put together a plan to move out West. My best friend and I found a beachfront cottage in LaJolla, CA (not too shabby a place to start!). Inevitably I moved up to LA with another aspiring NY actor. He brought me to set - where I obtained my SAG card in 2 short weeks, introduced me to his manager - whose business I wound up running. I was getting lots of auditions - for everyone. That too was thrilling! I was encouraged to open my own company and did - Madcap Management was born.
But that figure of mine, well, that didn't quite work for TV & Film. My headshots got me in to many audition rooms and I was making some great impressions. But most of the feedback went something like... "She's not physically right for the role" often followed by things like, "the best one we saw for this", "total pro", "so funny", "great hair", "beautiful face", "we love her"... I was - building a fan base.
I set up numerous agent meetings, but could not secure representation to save my life! Eventually a kind soul told me, "Casting Directors are having you in, knowing you'll deliver on the material, but also knowing you probably won't get hired." I don't think I closed my mouth 'til I got home that day, maybe not for a few days - that hurt! But I needed to hear it! Everyone was telling me to lose weight. I stand 5'5" and was 115lbs. I couldn't give much more! Weight was not my problem - genetics were. Believe me - I tried every diet pill and always killed it at the gym.
After a brief period (okay years) of daring people to hire me regardless, wallowing in frustration and needing to make a living, I sought work in other aspects of the industry. Being behind a bar no longer 'served' me! I began major multi-tasking!!! In addition to running Madcap Management, I also started working as the assistant to the head of domestic distribution @ Miramax, started Show & Tell: "Workshops for the Professional Actor", worked as a casting assistant and/or paid reader for TV, Film, and commercials, directed & produced theater, and always managed to stay on stage - inviting everyone I ever met to every show. And against all odds I got a couple of TV roles.
I've been written up (full page articles) for almost every business endeavor in: LA Times, Backstage, The Hollywood Reporter, and Dramalogue. And I won several awards for my stage & indie film acting, with honorable mentions and rave reviews in those publications, local papers and online…
I was offered some very lucrative positions: a six figure starting salary as an agent @ Epstein/Wyckoff, a show-runner position @ USA, a 2 year marketing contract @ Miramax, more casting work, approached by CDs and agents to partner up and expand my workshop company, etc. All of which I declined.
I am so grateful for all of those experiences & opportunities. I choose acting; there's nothing I love more! Fast forward 20 years - writing & editing are right up there :D
* Eventually I was able to physically transform = pro bono. As life would have it - each obstacle was a blessing; I'm better (in many ways) for being forced to wait. We don't always get what we want, but we always get what we need. And I also found my niche in the process - playing mean/bitchy roles; there is just so much life experience to pull from! I FINALLY have demo reels I'm proud to share :D and that is my body - bitchy demo reel @ 1:33
I've also been working as a Personal Trainer since 2003 - a lifetime of killing it at the gym has been paying off nicely!
And I'm getting back to writing - more features and my first TV show...
Currently residing in Atlanta, GA.
Local hire in: Los Angeles, New York, and Florida
Please stay tuned - there's more to come...