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When I came to LA: I came to LA with a classical theatre background and an MFA. Why? Because I quickly realized that my favorite shows were opening on Broadway starring…actors from television and film. So I made the decision to come to Los Angeles and work my way up in the television and film world, hoping to bring my career full circle one day. Since that inception, I have come to realize there are no boundaries regarding access to your own creativity – and LA is a wonderful melting pot of a variety of mediums in which an artist can thrive. I also learned to pay even more attention to street parking signs than I did to the SAT’s.
After spending a year in New York City auditioning for broadway musicals and working regionally, I moved to Los Angeles to pursue film and television. I also write, direct and produce funny films about lady things. I'm a member of the grammy-nominated indie music group The Silver Lake Chorus and produces and co-hosts the podcast Erin and Aliee HATE Everything.
I have been acting since I was a small child belting out musicals in my hometown (I quickly learned musical theater isn't for me). I pursued my MFA in acting from the University of Connecticut. I spent some time working professionally in regional theaters before making the move to Los Angeles to pursue film and television. When I first got here, the acting world in Los Angeles was overwhelming until I found my tribe and support system. I love sharing the knowledge I gained along the way and, hopefully, making the journey a little easier for others.
I received my MFA in Acting from the University of California, Irvine. Abroad I've studied at the British American Drama Academy with Brian Cox, Alan Rickman, Derek Jacobi, and Fiona Shaw. A lover of classical theatre, I got my start in the regional theatre scene doing Shakespeare and other classics with the Antaeus Company and companies across the west coast. On screen, you'll find my face on TV in network and streaming comedies, dramedies, films, and commercials. My coaching focuses on empowering actors to trust and refine their instincts, take ownership of their careers, and get specific with their work.
WHAT IS COACHING?
Our Life and Career Coaches are dedicated to enabling and encouraging you to reach toward your success goals. Life Coaching is profoundly different from consulting, mentoring, advice, therapy, or counseling; life coaching wholeheartedly addresses your life, your creative pursuits, relationships (both professional and personal), and your overall well-being. Through group or one-on-one sessions, we examine what is going on right now, discover what your obstacles or challenges might be getting in the way, and choose a holistic course of action to create the life and career you desire.
WHAT CAN WE WORK ON?
You can use your session to work on whatever you want! Some common things our clients bring to us include:
- Personal Branding advice
- Acting feedback on self-tapes
- Demo Scene Creation ideas w/ development follow up
- Planning Your Next Headshot Session
- Choosing images from your headshot session (up to 400-500 pictures)
- Choosing good workshop + self-tape scenes
Introducing our new
Complete Materials Consultation!
Are your materials working for you? Is your package selling you?
Have your materials personally reviewed by one of our Life and Career Coaches. Leave with clear feedback and action items regarding your headshots, resume, demo reel, and online presence! In this 75-min session, your coach will review and give feedback on:
• Your Primary Headshots (up to 10)
• Your Resume
- Strategize and Reformat to Competitive Industry Standard
• Your Demo Clips and Reels (max 7 minutes)
- Advice on Cutting Reel to Competitive Industry Standard
- Determine Additional Clips to Shoot to Match Typing
• Your Actors Access profile
- Update and get advice on maximizing the impact of your profile
Time: 75 minutes
*Please bring All Clips/Reel on Thumbdrive, Upload on Actors Access or if on a Laptop - bring files arranged in folder on desktop for easy access.
Some of my favorites:
Book – To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Play – The Night Season by Rebecca Lenkiewicz Quote – “The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.” – Jack Kerouac
You can catch me on ABC, Nickelodeon, Lifetime Networks, smiling happily or sassily in national commercials; writing, performing, and directing in festival shorts, and funny or die exclusive videos.
Pro-Tip: The Boundaries are IMAGINARY.
Some of my favorites:
Book – God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
Play – Like...teleplay? Jane the Virgin. It's quietly the smartest show on TV
Quote – “When it is genuine, when it is born of the need to speak, no one can stop the human voice. When denied a mouth, it speaks with the hands or the eyes, or the pores, or anything at all. Because every single one of us has something to say to the others, something that deserves to be celebrated or forgiven by others.” -Eduardo Galeano, The Book of Embraces
Check me out on HBO's VEEP, Hulu's Dimension 404, as well as the original pilot of Lifetime's UnReal (BEFORE they moved to Canada).
Pro-Tip: Everyone is focused on their own mistakes...they aren't paying attention to yours.
Some of my favorites:
Book– Station Eleven
Quote– "What is yours will not pass you."
Play– The Seagull... and Everything That Never Happened
TV show–The Mandalorian
Just dude from the midwest who got his MFA from UC Irvine in Acting and have been acting on stages all across the country and on TV screens internationally. Ask me about working with David Fincher sometime.
Pro-tip: Gamble on yourself and learn to be your own best advocate.
Some of my favorites:
Book: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Play: Noises Off by Michael Frayn
I have my MFA in Acting from the University of Connecticut and have been seen on-stage across the US. You can probably catch me spouting some Shakespeare in person in the summers and on your TV playing some strong-willed ladies the rest of the year.
Pro-Tip: Think like an entrepreneur. There is no set road to success.