“Above all,  I hold several things true.

1) Family comes first...but family is not just those related by blood, family is the network of people that support you mentally, physically, and spiritually.

2) Success in life is not a destination, it is the journey. Every moment is an opportunity to do something amazing, no matter how big or small.

3) There is a world outside of where we live, there are cultures beyond our own.

4) Never go back the same way you came.”

I did my first play when I was 17 years old. A six foot tall Mike TV “lithping” his way around Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory at East High school in Madison, Wisconsin. Now this is the point when the heavens open up and  tell you “You shall be an Actor!”  For me though all I can remember is thinking “man, this is pretty fun.” The real Aha! moment came when I was asked to play Romeo (a role I have had the chance to reprise professionally). It was only then that the academic side of me was invigorated and I really started to really contemplate studying acting. It had always just felt fun to me, but for the first time I started thinking about being an actor as a viable career option. 

So flash forward to a young kid and his “Mom-Dukes” going to Chicago to audition for every college that would have him in the door. When the results came back, they came like most in this business, a whole lot of no’s. I only had two plays on my resume and for some that’s not ideal. Now just when it looked like maybe I was gonna go to my back up plan I got an acceptance letter from Ithaca College’s Acting Dept. So it was off to Ithaca, NY!

At Ithaca College I learned what it meant to truly consider myself an actor. Ithaca gave me the confidence to stand in any room of artists and feel like I belong. Some of that is learning the jargon, some of that is training, but most of it is just the realization you belonged all along. I graduated from Ithaca with a solid foundation and an eagerness to find out what life would be like as an actor and as an artist. 

In the early stages of my career as a NYC based actor I have had the opportunity to work in a variety of mediums and work with some incredible people. It is so fulfilling to compare my resume coming out of college with my current one. Not just because there is more on it now, but because there is so much that can’t be printed on a resume. For every piece of ink on that resume there are countless auditions and part-time jobs, thankless hours and temporary families. There is so much in between those lines. When push comes to shove it is the unknown that is the most exciting part of this job…I have had a chance to do things and see places I never would have dreamed, and I have just started! 

So here we are… in the sophomore year of life, looking out into the unknown. No turning back now…we’re in this for the long haul.

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