I’m a creative, and in late 2016 I realized (with terror) that my fear has been holding me back from achieving my goals. What I fear most is change and the unknown and yet both are an inescapable part of being human.
I’m now committed to facing fear and pushing through to the other side and I’m going to share that journey with you. I hope by openly talking about overcoming fear, I can help you face your fears as well.
(Nature/ Nurture/ Career)
Nature: I’m ‘ethnically ambiguous’ (!) but really I’m half Cuban and the other half is American going way back to the 13 colonies, before that coming from England, France, and Denmark. Fun fact: one of my great ancestors was given a horse by George Washington for fighting in the Revolutionary War. (I’m jealous of him.)
In addition to an unusual ethnic background, I inherited a rare metabolic disorder called Phenylketonuria (PKU), you can learn more about that here.
Nurture: While growing up in the Bronx, I sweat my way to a first degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, muscle cramped my way into first place in a New York Public Library poetry contest, and fell in love with acting while performing as the lead in Twelve Angry Men at my high school (we changed the title to Twelve Angry Jurors since the majority of the cast was women). Then I went to NYU, Tisch School of the Arts and the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute (LSTFI) where I graduated with a BFA in Theatre. I was awarded the ‘Drama Award for Outstanding Achievement in Studio’ for my work at LSTFI.
Career:I have worked in NY theater and independent film steadily since graduation. Most notably I booked a role in the feature film Hannah Has a Ho Phase, co-starring Kate McKinnon; a co-starring role in the feature film Early Light, featuring Paul Sparks; and a lead role in the short film Scheherazade which has been accepted into over 20 film festivals, winning several awards.