It’s A Bio

My interests are fashion, romance, and the NASA space program.  I feel that buying sale items is inherently wrong.  Scented lotions are almost always the way to go when trying to get a job.  Eating carbohydrates after 1:00PM is a disaster…maybe I shouldn’t cut and paste from my OK Cupid profile.  Fine.

I was born in Sacramento and raised in Reno and Las Vegas.  We moved back and forth between those cities 16 times by the time I was in high school, not because we were being chased by the mob, because my mom was a tad crazy and my dad sold casinos.  (I believe this is how most Charlotte Bronte novels begin.)

After settling in Reno, I went to Reno High School (imagine the irony).  It was the first time I’d gone to the same school for more than one year.  I was an overachiever and did every possible extracurricular activity in hopes of getting a scholarship so I could get the hell out of Reno.  Thankfully my hard work paid off, and I headed to the University of Southern California on a hefty scholarship and earned a dual degree in Theatre and Political Science—the perfect union of majors to work for The Daily Show…or a restaurant.

During my undergraduate career, I attended the British American Drama Academy in London where I studied Shakespearian acting in a conservatory setting.  A highlight of this time period was when I made a rather proper and erudite acting professor, with a reputation for tearing actors apart, laugh so hard he cried due to a rather bold choice I made while playing the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet.  He said I had the, “gift of wit.”  That still stands out as the best compliment I’ve ever received, aside from Florence Henderson saying I was, “sooo skinny.”  It wasn’t until I performed non-comedic scenes that he tore me apart.

I figured I’d better make use of my, “gift of wit.”  After graduation, I furthered my comedic studies by attending improvisation and sketch comedy classes at IO West and the Groundlings.  I discovered that not only did I love performing and writing comedy, but that I was great at being snarky and crass.  I decided to start a small business doing corporate improv training; that ended up not working out, but we had a great logo.  Also, I had great hair.

I also participated in theater productions…a lot of theater productions.  I became a founding member of Unknown Theater; a non-profit group that raised $90,000 before we even had a space.  We received numerous glowing reviews, putting us on track to compete with full-Equity theaters and rekindle the mostly hit-and-miss Los Angeles Theater community.  Unfortunately, the theater did not remain on that path.  That experience showed me the true value of teamwork, ensemble, tolerance and the most valuable lesson of all: letting go.

Included in all that treading of the boards, were a metric ton of improv shows.  I still perform at IO West on the team, Hey Neighbor.  I’ve also ventured into musical short form improv with Blank Label Improv.  But where I really cultivated my improv chops (and family) was when I was part of the highly dysfunctional People’s Republic of Improv at the Powerhouse Theater in Santa Monica.  We did hundreds of shows over the years and only one audience member puked in the aisle.  We were a certified hit!

Born from this improv experience came, VOMIT!. This is still my favorite creative experience in a live venue thus far.  We found success fairly early as we started performing around town.  We became regulars at the Improv and Laugh Factory and most important of all, got a development deal to pitch our own TV show.  It was an amazing and fantastic training ground for how television gets created.  I could retell the heartbreaking story of almost getting a deal with MTV, but clearly you did not see us on TV, so it didn’t happen.  But VOMIT still lives on…

After the totes amazing WGA writers strike, I decided to explore some of that other-side-of-the-camera learning I gained while we were pitching VOMIT.  Luckily, many of my friends worked in film and television production and for some reason, started hiring me.  I had previously worked as a personal assistant for a few celebrities, so I understood pain and suffering; I quickly understood how this skill is a natural fit for production.  Production can be fun and rewarding but it’s very, very hard work.  Making film and television involves long hours, lots of energy, and mad organizational skills.  Yes, I realize we aren’t curing cancer, but we do work very hard toward furthering the legacy of our civilization.  I’m now a Teamster and that is generally pretty weird.

I’m probably most famous for working at the dance studio where Dancing With The Stars used to rehearse.  Neither I nor the “stars” work there anymore.  Coincidence?  No.  But you should ask me my opinion of some of those dancers.

I’m also known for my head getting blown up in Rubber and being bitchy or creepy on General Hospital.  Soon I’ll be known for having an amazing moustache in Sassy Pants.

Finally, I have an amazing cat.  Here: