B i o g r a p h y
I saw Jurassic Park when I was eight years old. When I was a kid, all I wanted to be was a paleontologist. I had been bitten by the acting bug in that movie theatre, I just got my wires crossed. I first started acting when I was in sixth grade. My tiny private school had an annual "speech meet" where a room full of awkward, terrified youngsters got up in front of their peers and tried to remember what they had memorized without break down in fearful shakes. I was doing Henry V's St. Crispin's Day speech, and I was terrified. There I was, a frightened boy play acting with a homemade tunic and wooden sword staring down my biggest fear. I needed Hal's words in that moment, I felt "understood" by a 400 year old character. I never quite forgot that moment. I knew how powerful that feeling of being understood was, and I wanted to do that for others. I have been pursuing this career for several years now, and more and more I am blessed to be able to create and -in my own small way- make a difference in the lives of people.
I believe that EMPATHY is the actor's greatest skill. The work of being an actor is a must; however, empathy touches lives. I view acting as my calling, my mission. When someone sees something I've done, I want them to feel understood. I love playing emotionally compromised, broken people, as we all have elements of brokenness in us; vicariously giving voice to that silent pain is what I want my life's work to amount to. Being funny is fun too.
Soli Deo Gloria!