The relief of being an actor is that I get to be other people – live in another person’s skin – the opposite of what my day-to-day life is like.
Day-to-day right now is in court or in my office representing clients – all of whom have been convicted of doing Very Bad Things. I’d much rather be on stage breathing life into lines written by someone else. I took a journey to be a lawyer. Once I got there I realized I made a wrong turn because I was meant to be an actor – where I can play a lawyer (for a limited period of time!) or a crazy cat lady or a soccer mom. Maybe that makes me crazy, but I was born in Waco, Texas... then survived my teenage years in Arkansas (lots of points for that one!). It’s a wonder I ended up at the alma mater of two past secretaries of state and now one possible president (gotta count for something!). I’d much rather spend my time on set or on stage being other people but my taste in shoes requires that I continue to be myself as a lawyer for now. (And my toddler is already a demanding fashionista with a dangerous shoe and clothing obsession.) Life is too short to not live out loud. So what the hell – I’m now taking singing lessons and who knew – I can SING! I’ve been doing improv classes which are SO MUCH FUN!! I’ve studied with Larry Moss, one of the best acting coaches in the business, because he kicks ass on all levels. I’m in a wonderful scene study class with Anthony Grasso. I’m constantly working on my auditioning skills with Ari Blinder, a truly amazing coach. Thanks to Jean Louis Rodrigue and Kristof Konrad’s animal studies workshop, I learned I am a tiger and not a squirrel!