So very grateful to chat with Canvas online Magazine. This new article focuses on my journey while I was modeling and seguing into acting.
I appreciate the opportunity to share my story and connect to the readers on various levels and inspiring others to pursue their dreams, in any genre.
On July 23rd, 2003, I packed up my entire life into 4 huge suitcases, shipped 16 boxes UPS, put my 2 kitties, Booboo and Caseybear in 1 carrier, and boarded Jet Blue at JFK and headed to LAX. Within 6 days of landing in Los Angeles, I found a job, bought a car, unpacked my boxes in my friend's apartment, and joined a gym. There were 2 humans, 1 dog, and 3 cats in a 1 bedroom apartment in North Hollywood in the San Fernando Valley. Boy 'o boy was that tough...
Over the past 20 years, I have done it all to keep a roof over my head while pursuing my acting and writing passions. I have waited tables, bar-tended, catered, worked for an event planner, been a nanny, a chef, a sous chef, a catering captain and manager, an event coordinator, an acting coach, a video editor, and a personal assistant. What a whirlwind... I never thought I was going to be in LA longer than I was in NYC, and now here I am, celebrating 20 years in Hollywood, amazing!
When I first moved out here, everyone I met, everywhere I went, told me it was going to take 10 years to acclimate, meet my friends, make connections, and figure out the lay of Lala Land, and so it came to pass... I took classes, everything under the sun: scene study, commercial techniques, improv, comedy, cold reading, et al, and even started doing weekend intensives with casting directors, but nothing clicked, and I wasn't auditioning.
Well folks, here I am, me in all of my glory. Nothing perfect, no six-pack abs, just happiness and health. I'm down 13 pounds and 1.5 inches. I have been working on my body on-and-off since I was in high school. I have never been overtly obese, but due to thyroid issues, I have had struggles maintaining my weight for a long time. After 3 bouts of Diverticulitis, tendonitis in my right elbow, and numerous foot issues and injuries, I had to change the way I eat, exercise, and take care of myself in general. So, here I am, still working towards my toning goals, but feeling happier and healthier than I have ever been.
Since my gym closed in 2020 because of COVID, I started walking between 4-6 miles a day, not eating past 7pm, and doing weights and work out videos in my living room. This is my "budget gym" and I have become my own trainer and cheerleader. My confidence has returned and I am fitting back into some of my favorite jeans, YES! I take the small wins where I can get them these days, and I am proud of the commitment to myself to feel and look better from the inside out.
What an incredibly humbling gift to have been asked to do my 3rd article with Shout-Out LA Magazine! My past 2 articles were so well read and popular, they wanted to share my story again for new readers.
I love chatting with their editors about my journey in Hollywood, and hope this inspires others to pursue their dreams, not matter what odds they face in life.
To read the full article, click HERE.
Thanks for the continued love and support!
CONGRATS to my uber talented bestie on another AH-MAZE-ZING group of performances for "1776" in Hollywood, CA at the Ahmanson Theater in downtown LA. Every show was SOLD OUT and each performance ended with a well deserved standing ovation!
HUGE congratulations go out to the entire cast and crew of this incredible musical. If you have yet to see the show, click HERE to see if it is coming to a theater near you, before the end of the tour in August.
So thrilled for you Tiffani Barbour, I love you!
I had a truly fabulous time at the FYC for "Better Call Saul" Series Finale. Giancarlo Esposito and Bob Odenkirk could not have been lovelier and it was a fun panel discussion about the love for the craft and being seamless on set as a functioning symphony.
Everyone on this show, in front of and behind the camera, are at the top of their game, and I congratulate everyone on a very successful series, thanks for letting us all celebrate with you!
I know it's been a cute little minute since I last sent out a newsletter, but I have been working on myself: inside and out, and also on numerous projects at home: personally and professionally. Now 3 years into this pandemic, I realize how much work I have actually done to overhaul my life in all aspects, and I am reflective and grateful for this time to do so. I have recreated my website from scratch, shot over 400 self-tape auditions, cut and edited 4 new reels, and cleaned out every cabinet, closet, drawer, and shelf in my house! Whew! It felt great to purge and donate all of the old, in order to clear space for new things, for the new year!
So today, on this powerful March New Moon, when the Sun and the Moon are perfectly aligned, signifying the start of a new lunar cycle and a new season, I welcome even more newness: new opportunities, new people, and new success in everything the Universe has in store for everyone reading this right now.
And with all of that being said, let's dive right into it...(READ MORE...NEWSLETTER)
Congratulations Katherine Schwarzenegger-Pratt on your new book "Good Night Sister" and for a beautiful afternoon at your book reading and signing at the Brentwood Country Mart. 🙏
You are truly lovely and I wish you continued success in all of your endeavors.
Have a wonderful weekend celebrating your book launch and tour! 💫
I could not be more proud of my amazing friend Tiffani Barbour making her Broadway debut in the hit show revival of 1776 at The American Airlines Theater in the heart of the theater district in Manhattan, the ultimate dream for any musical theater performer!!!!
CONGRATS to the entire cast and crew of this brilliant and fun show! Can't wait to see it again when you come to The Ahmanson Theater here in Los Angeles.
You can get your tickets HERE, you do NOT want to miss this musical in 2023!
I am humbled to have been asked to do another feature story on my journey and career for Voyage LA Magazine! I was honored last year to have been interviewed by their wonderful team, and my article had such incredible reception, the staff writers and editors decided to do a follow-up article in their "Conversations" section. I could not be more excited to share this great new article and story with you all. I am so flattered by all of this continued support from this periodical and appreciate the opportunity to share my journey.
To read my interview click the photo above or HERE.
I chatted with William Shatner at the Jack Webb Awards Gala for the Los Angeles Police Museum's annual fundraiser. During the welcome speech for the event, which Captain Kirk hosted, introducing all of the honorees, special guest, and celebs in the room, he mentioned my name towards the end and I was in shock that one of the most famous and iconic actors in Hollywood said my name!
So, I went to speak with him during dinner, and he invited me to sit down and we spoke for 15 minutes about life, Leonard Nimoy, Bill's new book, and it was all surreal. I had a wonderful time and was grateful to have met one of my childhood heroes!
Live long and prosper...
I could not be happier to have been invited back for Season 6 of "9-1-1!" Thank you so much Nicole Barraza Keim for including me in your amazing and heartfelt script, I appreciate you and the opportunity! Working with our very creative and lovely Director Brenna Malloy, and the stellar and visionary Cinematographer and director, Joaquin Sedillo, always makes for a blast on set! It was a joyous day on the FOX Studio lot working with this incredible and tireless cast and crew.
Episode 6:09 "Red Flag"
airs TONIGHT a
800pm on FOX!!!
This show streams on Hulu and other services tomorrow.
Every year, on NYE, I create a "Goal List" for myself to see what I can accomplish and mark off in the coming months, and I have been doing this for over 20 years. This year, 2 of my 2022 goals were accomplished at the same time! For years, I wanted to be in New York, on 2/22/22, because I knew it was too magical to do something ordinary, and I wanted to be in one of my favorite cities. I also always wanted to celebrate my birthday with Drew Barrymore, simply because I thought it would be fun to celebrate with someone born on the same exact day as me: talk about the ultimate Pisces Power!
Read more HERE...
I had the MOST AH-MAZE-ZING time in New York City for the taping of the 2/22/22 "Drew Barrymore Show!" Drew and I have the same birthday, and she was only inviting people born on 2/22 in for the show!
I was granted a VIP ticket on Saturday 1/29/22, and had to figure out a way to get to NYC for the in-person audience by 2/10, so I quickly created a Go Fund Me Campaign and within 48 hours raised enough money to book a plane ticket and hotel room for 1 week.
It was a wonderful and life changing trip and experience, and I am so grateful to have so many people supporting and encouraging my dreams and passions.
My episode of "The Drew Barrymore Show" airs Tuesday (Two-sday) 2/22/22. Check your local listings for time and channel, thanks for watching!
When I got home I realized I had taken 895 photos and needed to go through them and relive this incredible trip over and over again. And I also knew many of you would want to see all of these photos and hear about my trip as well, so...
Thank you for reading, let me know what you think of it.
Congrats to the entire cast and crew of "9-1-1" for being picked up by the USA Network for syndication!!!! Yay! What a great way to start off the year! This top rated series will air in 4 hour blocks on Wednesday nights.
My first episode from Season #1, Episode #10, "A Whole New You" airs January 19th at 500pm EST/800 PM PST.
On Wednesday January 26th, you can see me in Season #2 Episode #4 "Stuck" at 300pm EST, and so forth each week for Seasons #1-4. Check TV Guide for local listings.
You can still enjoy new episodes of "9-1-1" Season #5 on Monday nights at 800pm on FOX and streaming on Hulu.
Thanks for watching and for your continued support!
Thank you so much for this lovely featured article "ShoutOut LA!!" I am so grateful and humbled to share my story with all of your readers. I appreciate the opportunity to chat with you all, and looking forward to working with you again in the future.
To read the full story, click HERE.
Thanks for the love and support~
This is so beyond heartbreaking, I'm shocked and saddened. I just wrapped working on a movie with this incredible, kind, lovely, humbled, talented, sincere, and wonderful human being. To have had the opportunity to work with Michael Kenneth Williams, one of my idols, was overwhelming and validating.
I'm sending condolences and healing love and light to the entire Williams family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. This is a tragic and horrible loss. RIP Michael, you were loved, admired, and respected. Thank you so much for sharing your talent and gifts with the world. #MichaelKennethWilliams
I am humbled and grateful to have worked with one of my idols, to have talked with him, been blessed to receive one of his amazing and genuine hugs, and to have been in his beautiful light and aura, even for a brief moment in time.
Working on this show with this incredible cast and crew, has changed my life and career forever. Thank you to our incredibly talented and versatile cast and crew for EVERYTHING! I appreciate always feeling welcomed on set and encouraged by the love and support of all of the Executive Producers at Ryan Murphy Productions. Thanks for watching, enjoy!
Working on this show with this incredible cast and crew, has changed my life and career forever. Thank you to our incredibly talented and versatile Director Tasha Smith, you were a strong driving FORCE while being supportive and encouraging, and I appreciate you immensely! Tune in to watch me in action, thanks for the love-
I am excited to share my new interview with you from my Zoom appearance on "The Sherard Show" with my dear friend Sherard Shaw, the uber talented Tim Bagley, and comedian Brandon Ficara. This was the 3rd time I have chatted with my friend for his show, but like everything else in life right now, it was virtual!
Check out the full video HERE.
At the after party, I met the head of FOX Casting, Liz Paulson, who knew who I was before we even met, and welcomed me with open arms! I was elated the entire evening, to say the least!
Congrats to the uber talented and versatile Jamie Lee Curtis, who was acknowledged with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Society of Camera Operators annual event at the Lowe's in Hollywood at the beginning of January. Jamie is lovely and kind, and I was grateful to meet her, it was a wonderful evening also honoring Natalie Portman for Excellence in Film.
I am beyond humbled and honored to have been asked to speak on a panel at the 150th Anniversary of the LAPD for the Police Museum in Glendale. To be asked to speak on a panel with all of these incredible and talented artists, is truly a gift! This panel includes Shirley Jones, Erik Estrada, GW Bailey, Edward James Olmos, Kent McCord, and Tony Plana!!! It is a free event, so if you are in the area on Thursday 12/5, come on down and say HI!! See you there-
"9-1-1" Fall Finale aired Monday 12/4, on FOX at 800pm. If you missed it, it it now available for streaming on FOX.com, Hulu.com, and FOX Now app on Apple TV. I'm so excited to be a part of this truly incredible cast and crew of talented creatives. Thank you all for your continued support and encouragement!
Look at this GORGEOUS video by Shandon Photography! I had a wonderful time doing this shoot, and the pictures made me feel and look beautiful and flawless! Thank you to everyone at the studio for making this shoot magical!
Inside the Microsoft Theater at the Awards and then at the Governor's Ball afterwards, everyone everywhere was beautiful and shining in their bright amazing light! I celebrated life with Justin & Trishelle Hartley, Catherine O'Hara, Annie Murphy & Dustin Milligan, Nicole Scherzinger, Vincent Irizarry, and Gary Cole.
I'm happy to share another wonderful photo-shoot from Shandon Photography. These pictures made me feel beautiful and carefree, and the crew working this shoot could not have been lovelier! Thank you again for the opportunity Shandon!
During our shoot at Shandon Photography, we took a dip in the pool to replicate a great shot with the beautiful and talented Jennifer Garner.
Thank you Shandon Photography for letting me a part of your incredible photo-shoot for your Social Media Blog-spot. The pictures are gorgeous and I am looking forward to sharing the rest of them with everyone!
Hey everyone, if you are going to be home the next 2 Saturday nights, 7/6 & 7/13, I will be on both repeated episodes of The Rookie on ABC at 10pm. Thank you for watching.
Yup, this is real. I was acknowledged by the TV Academy for my work in "Dirt" for BRAT Productions. Preliminary voting started June 10th, 2019, so I will keep you all posted when this becomes an actual EMMY Nomination on July 16th. Thank you so much for your continued love and support!
I was humbled to be invited to see Harrison Ford and Jane Fonda receive honors from The Society of Camera Operators at their annual gala at the end of the January in Hollywood. The beautiful photos by my friend and photographer, Al Ortega, were used in the Selecta Magazine event details and Red-Carpet arrivals section. Yours truly was also included. And then, at an FYC event for Grace & Frankie, I met the legend herself! Jane is lovely, kind, and gracious, it was a wonderful evening.
CONGRATS to the entire cast and crew of "The Rookie" for the renewal of this fun and fabulous series on ABC! I'm thrilled to be a part of it and look forward to working with you all again next season!
Oh, ya know, no big deal, just hanging with Oscar and EMMYS winners on a Sunday afternoon at Paramount Studios in Hollywood! Thank you Deadline for a fun and wonderful day. THANK YOU Chuck Lorre and Michael Douglas for taking the time to chat with me for so long, it was a pleasure, and I am humbled!
Not only was 9-1-1 on FOX renewed for Season 3, BUT, I was in the photo posted in the trades for The Wrap article online! What a wonderful gift and acknowledgement. CONGRATS to the entire cast and crew of this incredible show, see you next season on set! Beyond blessed!
Oh, ya know... NO BIG DEAL, just hangin' out with the Backstreet Boys on my birthday in Vegas. AMAZING does not really describe this moment in my life. You can see the elation in my ear-to-ear grin. BEST BIRTHDAY EVER!
Look Ma, I'm 50 feet tall in the middle of Times Square! THANK YOU to everyone in the SAMSUNG family that made this happen! Happy Holidays everyone!
Another AMAZING Episode of "9-1-1" aired Monday 11/26 for X-Mas! I absolutely LOVE working with this STELLAR cast and crew! This show is the gift that keeps on giving, so many things to be thankful for this holiday season. Pictured below with fellow cast members Aisha Hinds and Ryan Guzman, and Executive Producer and Director, Bradley Buecker. Thanks for watching, and ALL of your support!
THRILLED to FINALLY SHARE I am RECURRING on "9-1-1" on FOX, which has become the new #1 show on TV!!!! Thank you to ALL of the incredible cast and crew for making me feel welcomed on your fabulous set! Pictured below with fellow cast members: Star and Executive Producer Peter Krause, Kenneth Choi, Oliver Stark, and Aisha Hinds. I am truly blessed and grateful for this magical opportunity!
Monday night, September 17th, 2018 was the 70th Annual EMMYS, and it was a fun and fabulous awards show and Governor's ball. Pictured here with past and present EMMY Nominees and Winners: Adina Porter of American Horror Story, Kenya Barris creator of Black-ish, and Ron Cephas Jones off his 2nd win for This is Us, CONGRATS to all!
Monday night, August 20th, was a magical night under the stars with some stars nominated in the Performer Category for the 70th Annual EMMYS Awards. It was a lovely ceremony, and many CONGRATS to ALL of the nominees. Pictured here with Lily Tomlin, Finn Wittrock, and my elementary school crush, Lou Diamond Phillips.
Last weekend we were celebrating the 70th Annual EMMYS Commercial Nominees for 2018 at a lovely brunch at The Regent Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills. A fun and fabulous time with fellow members and peers. At the brunch, pictured with TV Academy Governors Patrika Darbo and Bob Bergen, my long time Commercial Agent at DTA Agency, Stephen DeCayette, and Eco-Producer Michael Kaliski.
FINALLY met the fabulous, wonderful, and multi-hyphenate mega mogul Drew Barrymore! We have the same birthday, 2/22!!!! This was the ULTIMATE Pisces Power meeting of forces!!! THANK YOU UNIVERSE!
Fabulous and fun panel and party for 9-1-1 FYC for the TV Academy. Tim Minear is lovely and uber talented Co-Creator, Producer, and Scribe of the show. I am a truly humbled actor to have been on this new Prime-time HIT! Thanks for coming out and chatting with me. Also pictured with fellow cast member Kenneth Choi.
Here with Andy Lauer and Lea Thompson, supporting her new flick The Year of Spectacular Men, written, produced, and starring her daughters Maddie Deutch and Zoey Deutch. Lea did an incredible job directing and producing this film, as well as having a cameo, it was truly a family affair. A wonderful film about female empowerment.
Incredible trip to 'Sweet-water' in Westworld in SXSW on Friday, March 9th. We rode the train into town, ran into Paul Scheer, Joey King, and Connie Britton (not pictured), heading out to Austin, TX. What a BLAST! Thanks David Wally for the opportunity, and Gerald Downey for being a fabulous scene partner!
Started out the first week of March, shooting a great indie flick, "Chanukah," with some incredibly talented and creative friends. Thank you so much Jessica Sonneborn for bringing me on board for this fun and fabulous movie!
Here on the Red Carpet with the very sexy TV host Lawrence Zarian. We met 10 years ago on a Pilot for "A & E" Networks and it's always a joy running into my fashion guru, as he helps me dress for EMMYS© every year!
"Married People - A Comedy" closed this weekend to Sold Out crowds at The Zephyr Theater, full of amazing friends, industry people, stand-up comics, and other celebs! It was a wonderful experience with a truly incredible cast and crew helping to make the show seamless and run like a well-oiled machine. Thank you to everyone who came out to support us! It was a fabulous opportunity filled with love and talent!
Did you miss Married People: A Comedy? Well, here's your chance to see what all of the buzz and rave reviews were about!
What a truly incredible review from Steve Allan Green at The Jewish Journal! Thank you so much for coming out to see the show and support LA Theater, I am humbled by your praise: full article
"Married People: A Comedy," is a new play, making it's Hollywood debut, starring yours truly. Directed by the uber talented Rick Shaw, written by the hilariously funny Steve Shaffer and Mark Schiff, this show tickles the funny bone, and tackles life, love, and family. With a very talented cast: Andy Lauer, Kylie Delre, and Paul Parducci, at The Zephyr Theater, this comedy is NOT to be missed! Previews received great reviews, the show officially opens March 3rd, we are SOLD OUT for MARCH 4th!!!! Play runs through April 2nd. And a big THANK YOU to Jerry Seinfeld and Paul Reiser for plugging the show! Come out and laugh your a** off!!! Get tickets HERE.
AFI Film Festival was home to the amazing Virtual Reality movie I did, Mule, under the visionary direction of Guy Shelmerdine. It was a wonderful experience, and well received at all of the festivals it has been at for the past 4 months. So grateful to have been a part of this, and even made it onto the AFI Twitter page! Incredible cast including the very talented Dalton Cyr, Karen White, and Cary Mizobe.
The new Lancôme print ad is running, this is the side by side of me standing in for Julia Roberts on the print campaign set.
The EMMYS© 2015 on Sunday, September 20th, was an incredible evening with talented artists being honored for their work in television by The Academy of Arts and Sciences.
I worked with Leonard Nimoy when I first moved out to LA. It was my first print booking, posing as a marble statue for his new Coffee Table Book. Most people don't know he got into acting to make money for his real passion of Photography. He told me he used his famous hand signal in his TV show, which he actually adapted from seeing the Rabbi in his Orthodox Temple in Brooklyn, blessing the congregation with the Hebrew Letter "Shim." He incorporated it into his character when he got older. He interviewed me 3 times, before I booked the job, and went to his house to meet his lovely wife, and was floored when I booked the chance to work with someone I grew up watching!! My father had turned my family into Trekkies, watching every Star Trek episode and movie ever made!!! I am so sad to hear of his passing this morning.
May Mr. Spock always and forever,
"LIVE LONG AND PROSPER!!!!"
RIP Leonard Nimoy xoxoxo
CONGRATULATIONS to the uber talented group Above & Beyond for their new video "We're All We Need" reaching over 10,000,000 views!! So wonderful to have been a part of this project!! I worked under the visionary direction of Kenlon Clark, and Executive Produced by Alec Eskander at Green Glow Films. This recreation of Thelma & Louise was an exciting and rewarding experience! Enjoy the video...And CONGRATS to "Above & Beyond" for their Grammy Nomination 2016 for "We're All We Need!!" What a wonderful way to end the year!!!
"Young Americans" was selected for the AFI Film Festival in the top 5 screeners for all Graduate Thesis Films! "Young Americans" has also won a Student Emmy from the TV Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has won awards at The Cleveland Internation Film Festival, The Ashland Internation Film Festival, and Sedona Internation Film Festival, with many more to come.
I was acknowledged with an award for "best Supporting Actress" at the "Milledgeville Film Festive" in Georgia. THANK YOU!
And we kicked but this past weekend on both coasts!! East Coast at Milledgeville Film Festival in Georgia and West Coast at The Newport Beach Film Festival! Continued success to all those who made this happen!!