When I was in kindergarten, my dad put me in the children’s chorus of La Boheme. That was first time I had ever been on stage.
While I was in London, I saw the Globe productions of Richard III and Twelfth Night with Mark Rylance. I’ve never been more moved or inspired by an actor. Seeing Rylance live taught me a lot about playing Shakespeare and holding an audience’s attention.
I wish I had the talent to be a professional musician, like a concert pianist or composer or conductor. Leonard Bernstein is just about my biggest hero.
When I’m not working on a show or classwork, I love learning about things or people that excite me like the history of Jazz or Muhammad Ali or learning how to braise a piece of salmon. I also love songwriting and practicing guitar.
Once I had been accepted into the BFA Acting program at FSU, I decided to visit and sit in on some classes. During my visit, I was impressed with how serious the students were about their craft. Also, a faculty member named Michael Richey took some extra time with me after one of his classes to talk. Before I was even one of his students, he showed deep concern for my education and my future. Michael was a big reason why I came to FSU.
For my advice to aspiring artist, I would have to refer them to Stanislavski: “Love art in you, not yourself in art.”
If I were a movie character, I hope I could be Alice from Alice in Wonderland.