Hey! Thanks for talking with us!
Ok, let’s get to it. Tell us about you. You are a mid-west girl transplanted to LA. Sounds like a dream, is it?
Absolutely. It’s definitely been an experience of a lifetime that I wouldn’t reconsider.
What is the coolest thing about being in LA? The worst?
The coolest thing about living in LA would have to be the mountains. It’s very easy to believe in endless horizons out here. My days consist of hiking with dogs now and I have seen some pretty amazing sights already. Along with that… the sheer amount of talent and various people! Totally different from the Midwest! It’s been an eye opener to say the least. The worst… hmm. It’s hard because I really have been having a great time out here; the traffic doesn’t even bother me. I can say that I miss the cleaner air of Michigan, but when I do- I usually just go to the beach 😉
Any cool celeb stories? Creepy people stories? (forgive my fascination. As a mid-west dude, even though I’m a travel photographer who has been to 37 countries, I am always jealous of peeps who say fuck it, and try to make it!)
I’m hoping to start the traveling aspect of my life soon, thirty-seven countries sounds perfect. I think the greatest experience for me thus far was meeting Dick Van Dyke and actually having a little “hum” with him outside before his performance at The Children’s Life Saving Foundation in Malibu. I got to also meet Rick Springfield and see one of my all time favs, Pat Benatar. I’ve seen her about twenty times as a young child (she was my stepfather’s favorite musician) but this was much more intimate and fun. And I also got to play one of Ringo Stars drum sets recently- definitely a treat.
And as far as creepy people stories— oi! In the world there is just as much light as there is darkness. Yes, there have already been a few. But if you have a good head on your shoulders, they are merely obstacles.
Singer-model-actress, is there anything you don’t do. What is it that is your absolute passion? If you had to give up everything else and focus on one aspect of you, what would it be?
Haha! I love this question because I have been asked it more and more as of late. I have two life goals: to be good at what I do and to have a fiftieth wedding anniversary. I am a Story Teller- that is my occupation and it’s how I want to spend the rest of my life. My “variables” play into one another. I apply everything I do into everything I do and because of that I see no reason to give one more value; they all reach the same goal. Even in modeling I attempt to tell a full story—if I am not told to perform otherwise. I got my degree in Acting and I wouldn’t change that for the world. I experienced so much through that degree. I cried, I stretched, I worked out, I worked hard, I studied and I trained. And I will tell you, my friend, there is no better breath exercise for a singer than a Shakespeare monologue, there are no better poses for a model than Meyerhold’s Viewpoints (a theatre tactic), and telling the stories in my songs only helps me practice my craft as an actor.
And at the end of the day, I have so much fun. That’s what counts.
Tell us about some of your projects, maybe your last couple and you next big thing(s) coming up. What should we look for? My 3 month old daughter absolutely loves your song “Right Round”
I simply adore the fact that your daughter loves the song— it comes from a very good night in my heart. There are so many things happening and, very excited to say, the music is about to blossom. I am signing and beginning as a header for an amazing band as well as building a solo aspect. I have the upmost faith in it. The musicians and management I have been working with out here for the past month or two are so talented beyond their years it’s almost frightening. The band name is still up in the air, but you will absolutely know about it when it hits. We are in the process of writing the first album now and will soon be in NYC recording.
As far as acting I am doing a lot of video auditions for back home and quite a few in Chicago via my agency back home in Michigan. Which has been a real treat and I can’t thank them enough for still thinking about me two thousand miles away. I’m actually audition for a Chicago SAG TV Series this evening-fingers crossed.
Modeling is always happening.
What advice would you give a 14 year old version of yourself? Or any aspiring actor/singer/model.
Trust yourself. I have had such a rollercoaster of a life it’s unreal to believe that I actually ended up sticking with my original passion. I would say stay in school, go to bed early, get up early, memorize your lines, keep a calendar, and always be on time. Fo Realzies.
But have fun.
Take risks, fall in love, have one too many once or twice (safely), go ahead and regret something occasionally. It’s okay, and these things do give you more to learn from. All the while, never forget your objective. They are all extremely hard industries to break into- let alone make a career of. But make it just that, from day one, make that your career and really treat it like that. There will be many days where it seems impossible but you won’t believe that if you spend the majority of your time trying to better it.
I trust that who I am as a person is good enough to get me to where I want to go. It’s worked so far.
If you had 100 words that every one in the world would read, what would they be?
“You are the sky above
When you were born the world
shifted a little and said ‘o’
she is here, no we are ready
You are not of this world but for
This world. And your path though
Sometimes paved in gold and sometimes
Paved in rocks and razors many
Will envy and none could walk but you
Birds were given wings that you
Would yearn to fly and the world
Might feel the hope of a child
Carried in the heart of a woman
Your spirit travels above us
Your body travels amongst us
And We are lucky.”
This is a poem written for me and everywoman by the beautiful Josh Crawford of Detroit Michigan. These words are always bring me up in idle times. I believe that is exactly one hundred 😉
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