I love acting.
I’m sure that’s not a surprise to many of you reading this, but I’m not sure that I ever shared my journey into acting.
I actually started a lot later than many who pursue this field. I was in my first production when I was 16.
I was privileged to play “Mother” in the play Cheaper by the Dozen. It was an amazing experience. It was a role where the line load wasn’t heavy, but I was on stage almost constantly. I learned to truly act and not just say my lines. And that was a blessing for so many things later on.
From there, I didn’t see much of the stage until I was in my Freshman year of college. I took a foundations of acting and loved it!……And then, again, didn’t do much more for a couple of years when I decided to pursue a degree in Speech Communication.
From then on I was constantly performing. It was exhausting having at least three different performances a week, but I felt so incredibly at peace.
Between my Junior and Senior year, my mother found this amazing place called The Masterworks Festival. I audition for the theatre department and I promise there were squeals involved when I found out I was accepted.
That summer I played Rachel Lynde in Anne of Green Gables. It was, by far, the hardest and most rewarding performance to date. I was stretched as a Christian, person, and actor.
Which was a good thing since I immediately began to work on my senior recital as soon I got back to school.
I decided that I didn’t want to repeat a recital someone else had performed. I wanted to do a new one. So began two months of researching stories and writing, adapting, and editing before I started the long process of rehearsing.
On February 16, 2006 I performed my recital and was allowed to graduate.
Then, as so many acting graduates do, I had very little to do with acting other than coaching kids as school, and coordinating the Night of Recitation.
Then I revisited The Masterworks Festival. This was to be the second of five visits (so far).
I then moved to New Zealand where I currently live. Here I have taught acting classes in a local Christian performing arts school. I have also been blessed to be involved with the end of year concert at the school where I work.
Now, I have just finished co-directing The Wizard of Oz for our school’s main production.
At this stage, if the Lord continues to open doors, I will be moving back to America next year. To do what? I don’t know. But I feel led to be more involved with acting.
So that is probably more than you ever wanted to know, but that is the journey God has led me on towards acting.