Before I can remember, I fell in love with cheese! Wisconsin is to blame since I was born in Hudson that had the best cheese curds and frozen yogurt. When I put on little Christmas Nativity shows at home at the age of five, now Pueblo West Colorado, I fell in love with acting! After seeing Walt Disney’s The Little Mermaid in our small town four screen theater, I fell in love with singing! It was through my younger years as a child when I discovered what my dreams were, my passion, my career, my love! Marc Anthony said, ” If you do what you LOVE, you’ll never work a day in your life.” I wanted to entertain the world while at the same time inspire others to attain their dreams too. “If you can dream it you can do it!”
Although I had some difficulty with social awkwardness as a kid and teenager, I always had a fascination with sliding into the socks and shoes of the people I read about in books and plays. How did they overcome their own fears? What was their backstory? What did love mean to them?
I performed in school talent shows, plays, and local community theater productions all the way up through High School while also working two jobs for the local movie theater and Hollywood Video Store. I may have missed out a bit on the real world, but I was preparing for my future.
It was my sister Sarah who gave me the opportunity to move to Las Vegas to pursue my passion and dream as an actor. What should’ve been a year to test the waters turned into 16! Yet it was through these years that I got to study at CSN for my associates degree in theater studies, work for Star Trek: The Experience, Madame Tussauds, Blue Man Group, Cirque du Soleil, and eventually a starring role as the movie character Ash in Evil Dead the Musical that I helped bring from an off-strip community theater show to the Las Vegas strip! It was through this role that I earned the Broadway World award for Best Lead Actor in a Musical.
After my three years with the show along with roles in Divorce Party the Musical, Awesome 80’s Prom, Cannibal the Musical, and Legwarmers along the strip, I felt the desire and interest in transitioning into acting for film.
It was through continuous support from friends, family, teachers, my talent agent, and the film community that I was able to find opportunities in student short films, commercials, and feature films. What I felt succeeded most in the start of my film career was the desire to HELP! I may have been an actor, but it didn’t mean I couldn’t still find ways of helping others between takes and behind the camera. It was the mentality of “How can I help YOU” instead of “What can you do for ME” that helped word of mouth spread about my work ethics and brought many opportunities and auditions.
My first short film Hush garnered numerous recognitions and Student Emmys while giving me my first taste of acting in front of the camera and was selected to be featured on Amazon. Shortly afterwards, I landed my first feature film Last Day of School from Troma Entertainment.
Over the course of three years, I was able to build 50 film and television credits working with actors such as Eric Roberts, Tara Reid, Tom Sizemore, Bill Oberst Jr., Lorenzo Lamas, Adrien Zmed, Richard Grieco, Gil Gerard, Lemmy Kilmister, and many others while also maintaining a full time job as a concierge! It was the job of being a concierge for over seven years that gave me what I needed to be a stronger actor behind the camera along with my social skills, and flexibility working in film.
As I take the next chapter in my life pursuing a full time acting career in Hollywood and around the country, I hope to continue helping, inspiring, and motivating all to never lose faith and focus for their dreams. I’m blessed and humbled by the many opportunities that I’ve had in my life and that I will continue to work hard for and find in the future. Just remember that our dreams are not a race or a competition! We will reach that finish line to success but at our own pace. And when Others May falter or fall, the best thing we can do is turn back and help them. Then once we cross that finish line of success we can look back and cheer on the others still striving to achieve greatness in their dreams. “Teamwork makes the DreamWork!”
I hope to stay forever young at heart with a lot of goofiness still attached! I hope you all embrace your inner goofy or uniqueness and reach your finish line to success! Cause I’ll be there to either lend a hand if you fall or cheering you on at the finish line. Thank you for you wonderful support and love, God bless!