Where are you from? San Diego
Broadway credits: “Hair” (original revival company & then the 2011 Summer of Love version) & “Elf”
How did you hear you’d booked your first Broadway show? My final callback lasted for about 5 hours. I thought I blew it. I called my agent at the time and left him a message saying I didn’t think I could do this anymore. I woke up the next day, ordered some unhealthy food & prepared to sit shiva for the callback I failed when he called me and said “Can you hang in there a little longer? They just offered you the Swing track that covers “Margaret Meade.” I don’t remember much after that.
What is your favorite event in the Broadway community? My personal favorite is Broadway Barks. I’m an avid animal lover.
What’s something about Broadway that fascinates you? This isn’t just regarding Broadway but show folk all together. I constantly wonder what keeps us coming back for more. Shows open, shows close, you book jobs, you don’t book jobs, your best friends book jobs, your sworn enemies book jobs, your body breaks and there is never long term financial stability. So why do we do it? It is more than ‘what I did for love’, I think it is something in our DNA. We are show people. We are carnies. What else could we or would we do? I have a lot of friends outside of the business who remind me how lucky I am to be doing what I love. And I remind them how lucky they are to own the sail boat we are sitting on! So that is something I think about often. But for the record, I am lucky to be doing what I love.
What, other than theatre, has inspired you recently? There is a man in my building who I find as inspiring as I find him insane. He takes care of all the feral cats in my neighborhood. There must be zillions. He was probably the party planner for the Jellicle Ball. He spends his days making sure they are all fed and no one is trying to hurt them or trap them and take them to kill shelters. He builds makeshift homes for them in bad weather. He is like a vigilante for animals. I think that is amazing. I don’t think I answered the question correctly but the man inspires me to do good deeds.
If I could have coffee with any living person, it would be… Larry Kramer. He is one of my heroes. I want to hear more from him. In general, I think it is important for people to be educated in LGBTQ(RSTUVWXY&Z) history. We have so many freedoms today in thanks to true fighters like Larry Kramer.
If I could trade places with anybody for a day, I would choose… Mo or Nikka. What would it be like to be that hot? Do people treat them differently? Do they get free cookies at Shmackary’s? I would love a free cookie. I bet they get free cookies.
To be successful in this business, it takes… Patience, a good therapist and a sense of humor. You have to laugh at it all and remember it’s just a show. Practice finding success in your work. Show up to auditions, take classes, be prepared, be passionate. Show Casting Directors the respect they deserve by being present and ready to serve. Booking the job is out of your control. If you show up and do your part, you were a true success. Success can’t be in the results.
Tell us a secret. I bought my cat a collar that looks like a pearl necklace. I also got him a mermaid costume for Halloween. I am a sick person. I need help.
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Where are you from? San Diego