"I'm the one with jokes in her crown and wears combat boots with her gown."
Did you enjoy my attempt at sounding like I rap for a living? Good because I have dreams of one day releasing a rap album. I think my kids and rapper husband would get a kick out of it! Just so you know, if we were to meet in person I most assuredly would ask you if you would like some tea because that’s what my Jamaican mama taught me to do when you have guests.
I love telling stories…especially stories that inspire the human spirit. The human spirit is my jam. So are gluten free oatmeal cookies.
Oh man, now I really want us to hang out so we can drink tea and eat gluten free oatmeal cookies together!
In addition to acting, liking cookies, tea and ponies, I’m a writer and filmmaker…and sometimes I like to make videos on the Youtube.
My acting career officially started at three when my cousin pushed me and I proceeded to play dead until I made her start crying. That was when I learned about the power of committing.
I used to sneak into the theater to watch rehearsals before I had to run off to gymnastics practice. That’s about as close as I got to breaking a rule…which wasn’t saying much since watching rehearsals weren’t against the rules.
I got my official start doing improv with the Comedy Pigs in MD. I loved every minute of it! So of course I went to Purdue to study Mechanical Engineering. Thankfully I came to my senses and quit that nonsense and got an Acting degree.
I graduated from Purdue University with a B.A. in Acting, a B.A. in Kinesiology and an accidental minor in English. Some of my favorite roles were Kafka in Words Words Words, Miranda in Tempest (Best Actress Award), and Annie in Gut Girls. Some of my favorite classes were Advanced Stage Combat study Film class on modern adaptions of classical literature (with now Purdue Theater Chair Joel Ebarb)…because I got to watch movies for homework!
After graduation I played Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream as my first professional role. Later I would land an agent and start acting in film, commercials and print work.
In 2006 while volunteering with an urban mission one of the kids lost his life to gun violence. It rocked the community to the core. I was commissioned to write and produce a show called A Song for Peace which was attended by the Mayor along with other community leaders. We would go on to produce it by request for 3 more years.
In 2009 I found myself with three kids under 5 suffering from severe allergies, eczema and asthma. These tough years gave birth to an idea to help encourage other moms like me. In 2012 I would fulfill a dream of performing a one woman show I wrote called Sweatpants & High Heels around the city of Indianapolis and later take it to New York. In 2016 we will be releasing a web series based off of the show!
Most recently I co-produced, co-wrote and acted in a short film called Moving Still which received two nominations for best actor and best original score and premiered at the 168 Film Festival in LA. It's now playing at film festivals.
I’ve been blogging since 2009 and have worked with brands like Hallmark, POPsugar, the 411 Mommas, The Influence Network, Rana Campbell, The Impact Movement, Mint.com and more.