My Story

My very first musical audition happened when I was in the 6th grade at a public school in Bedford, TX. We were putting on the Music Man Jr. and I was called in to audition for the lead role, Marian Paroo, in our big 6th grade production. I was incredibly nervous.

In fact, so nervous that my voice cracked during the cut of “Goodnight my Someone”. I was distraught. Ever since participating in the chorus of Seussical Jr. the year before, I knew I wanted to be on stage. I thought I had blew my chance to be in the spotlight. Thankfully, my teacher had faith in me and called me back. Through a lot of practice and herbal tea, I earned the lead role. I loved every moment. In fact, I loved it so much that I did not want to stop.

Throughout Middle School, I stayed involved in community theater shows. When I was 14, I earned my first lead role in a community theater show. The show was Tilly the Trickster written by comedian Molly Shannon, star of SNL and “Superstar”. I played Tilly Callahan, the energetic child who always found herself getting into trouble. It was perfect. The next musical I did was Grease at my High School, playing the role of Marty. I loved the role and the costumes and the music. It was also perfect. At least it was up until the one night that the videographer was coming to record the performance that would be sold on DVDs. That exact night, in the middle of the dance scene, just before my big partner dance-break, the zipper on my dress broke. My entire back was exposed. Not sure what to do, I ran off stage, leaving my partner to improvise our dance on his own.

Thankfully, that was only one of MANY mistakes made that night, so it was simple to laugh that wardrobe malfunction off. Due to becoming overwhelmingly busy with school and work, that was the last musical I did for 3 years. When I was applying to colleges, I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do. I had just been working and cruising through classes for two years, so I had sort of forgotten about musical theater. I am a horribly indecisive person, so deciding between the 5 schools I had been accepted to was overwhelming to me to say the least. So, I went the easy route. I went to college 15 minutes away from my hometown, kept the same job and friends, and majored in Communications...

That lasted for exactly 3 months. Towards the end of my first semester, I began to feel stuck. I was bored of living in the same place doing the same thing I had done for 19 years. Plus, I continuously watched “Law & Order: SVU” and “Glee”, both of which are set in New York City. My family used to visit NYC every year around Christmas time, and I adored it. I looked back to the previous year, when I literally googled “Colleges in New York City” and found a tiny Christian college called The King’s College.

I had been accepted, visited, and loved it. I decided that King’s was the only place that I wanted to finish my degree at. So, seemingly impulsively, in the middle of my first year, I transferred to King’s to study Media, Culture, and the Arts with a concentration in Theater. My first semester in NYC was exciting. Regardless of having a distinguished Musical Theater Program, King’s provided me with opportunities to grow as an artist. However, I wanted more.

One day, while scrolling through Instagram, I came upon the profile of now Tony award winner, Lindsay Mendez. I saw in her profile that she had put an email address to inquire about voice lessons. Although it was a longshot seeing as I hadn’t been in voice lessons in a year, I emailed. I sent in my videos, and I was selected. I couldn’t believe it.

Lindsay was kind, and honest, and incredibly helpful. Not long after, I became involved in her & composer Ryan Scott Oliver’s program Actor Therapy, which helped me to grow weekly and provided me with an incredible network system. Through opportunities at school and in the city, I get to do what I love while I earn my degree and work a part-time job.

Three years ago, I had no idea I would be where I am today. Through taking incredible risks and just full-on “going for it”, I am incredibly grateful to have gotten where I am today. This is only the beginning! Once I earn my degree, I hope to be able to dedicate even more time and attention to musical theater and continue my growth in the art.

That lasted for exactly 3 months. Towards the end of my first semester, I began to feel stuck. I was bored of living in the same place doing the same thing I had done for 19 years. Plus, I continuously watched “Law & Order: SVU” and “Glee”, both of which are set in New York City. My family used to visit NYC every year around Christmas time, and I adored it. I looked back to the previous year, when I literally googled “Colleges in New York City” and found a tiny Christian college called The King’s College.

I had been accepted, visited, and loved it. I decided that King’s was the only place that I wanted to finish my degree at. So, seemingly impulsively, in the middle of my first year, I transferred to King’s to study Media, Culture, and the Arts with a concentration in Theater. My first semester in NYC was exciting. Regardless of having a distinguished Musical Theater Program, King’s provided me with opportunities to grow as an artist. However, I wanted more.

One day, while scrolling through Instagram, I came upon the profile of now Tony award winner, Lindsay Mendez. I saw in her profile that she had put an email address to inquire about voice lessons. Although it was a longshot seeing as I hadn’t been in voice lessons in a year, I emailed. I sent in my videos, and I was selected. I couldn’t believe it.

Lindsay was kind, and honest, and incredibly helpful. Not long after, I became involved in her & composer Ryan Scott Oliver’s program Actor Therapy, which helped me to grow weekly and provided me with an incredible network system. Through opportunities at school and in the city, I get to do what I love while I earn my degree and work a part-time job.

Three years ago, I had no idea I would be where I am today. Through taking incredible risks and just full-on “going for it”, I am incredibly grateful to have gotten where I am today. This is only the beginning! Once I earn my degree, I hope to be able to dedicate even more time and attention to musical theater and continue my growth in the art.