About

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This is me, many years ago, as a shy and perhaps rather grumpy teenager. I hated having my picture taken, or being the center of attention, or being seen at all really. I auditioned for one school play, had a panic attack so bad I thought I was going to pass out and ran out of the room. In my head was a world where I could be whatever I wanted to be but anxiety and fear kept me hidden from the real world. So here I am sitting on a rock in a stream in New Hampshire trying to hide with my Indiana Jones hat and sunglasses.

Fast forward many years and I am now a professional actor, model, and freelance animator located in Seattle, Washington. How I got from there to here is a long story with many twists and turns but I am finally living the dreams I had all those years ago.

Originally from New Hampshire I first discovered animation while attending Rensselear Polytechnic Institute in the newly formed Electronic Media, Arts, and Communications program.  After that I attended Vancouver Film School to further focus on animation and completed my award winning student film “Pest”. As an animator I have worked for video games, television, and films in the United States, Italy, and Switzerland. Animation allowed me to start to tap into my creativity and imagination without having to step out from behind the computer.

After working in animation for over 10 years I decided to take an acting class with the idea that it would be another useful skill to have for improving my animations. That first class I was terrified, more scared than I remember being in a long time. I walked in picturing all the ways I was about to embarrass myself. What ended up happening was I fell in love with acting in an instant and decided after that one class that I was going to be an actor, no matter what it took. I threw myself at every class until I had enough knowledge, skill, and courage to start auditioning. My very first audition I had a panic attack and thought I was going to pass out, but instead of running away I walked into the room and did it anyway. That gave me the courage to continue auditioning and I started getting my first stage roles. After gaining experience in theater acting in a number of productions I signed with Topo Swope Talent and started to expand into commercial, tv, film, and voice acting.

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Headshots by John Ulman Photography

So this is me now. Instead of throwing myself under a table when a camera comes out, I throw myself in front of the camera. Whether acting on camera or on stage, or modeling, I finally get to explore all the lives and stories I had imagined all those years ago while sitting on a rock in the middle of a river.