About Me

About me
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People often ask, “How did you get started? Did you always know that you wanted to be an actor?” No, I didn't, but I did always know that I wanted to be a performer of some kind. It was my mother's passion to expose each of us to art and music. She started me off with the piano at five and then dance lessons were added at seven. I loved how I could mirror music with movement.  In fact, I still find great joy in that today. Even though I’m not studying dance anymore, my love for musical expression gets worked out in the many step and kickboxing classes I take at my beloved gym. Don’t let one of my instructors throw on some “Imma Be” by The Black Eyed Peas or some "Calle Ocho” by Pitbull or you and everybody else in the place will see me get my groove on. You know that song, “I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack? I am definitely a woman that chooses to dance.

I'm a graduate of the High School of Performing Arts and The Julliard School in New York City and “UmfrmBrooklyn.” I am very proud of that last fact, because I think it's true that you can make it anywhere if you can make it in the NYC; I am accustomed to living well today, but I grew up in a neighborhood where you had to make it work with whatever you had… or didn’t have. I went to Meyer Levin Junior High School, right around the corner from Tilden High School, in East Flatbush. I have a lot of great memories from seventh and eighth grade, but for all you young girls who aren’t fitting in, I want you to know that I also had girls waiting in the playground after school for me on many occasions… it will pass.

Meyer Levin’s Performing Arts Club was actually how I got started. This after school club was run by two wonderful Language Arts teachers, Michael Pearlman and Edward Gentile. These two white males got a group of Afro Caribbean-American kids together for 2-3 hours after school each day on stage in the auditorium and taught us how to sing, tap dance and act our way through several of the popular musicals on Broadway back then. They changed my life. They taught me how to take myself and my talent seriously and I think they did that for all the kids who were willing to do the work.  How cool was it when, twenty-eight years later, they both came to see me on Broadway in Cat on A Hot Tin Roof? Very!!!!!

When I speak at universities, high schools and churches, which I am often blessed to do, no matter what the venue may be, I end up telling them about Jesus. Not because I wish to proselytize, but when speaking about myself and my journey, it is not possible to do so without mentioning Him A LOT; not if I want to tell the truth. So you’ll read about my relationship with Him as you traverse my site because my life, without Him, isn’t worth talking about.