Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I grew up on an island of the southeast coast of Georgia. I always joke we took ferries to school when I meet people. We definitely didn’t. There was a bridge. I went to college at the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music (it’s a mouthful, I know) in Ohio and landed here in LA about a year and a half ago. I’m an actor, director, and writer here in the city and work in various aspects of filmmaking and podcasting. I’ve known I wanted to act and direct since I was a kid, so LA has always been the plan. I think the love for acting came from my mom and the love for film came from my dad. My mom dragged me kicking and screaming to my first audition, and I got addicted to the energy of being on stage, and my dad used to take me to double and triple movie days at the theatres as a kid. There’s something magical about both of those experiences, and I still get that same giddy, electric feeling on sets today as an adult as I did on stage and in movie theatres growing up.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Haha, I don’t think I’ve yet to meet a creative of any profession who says their road is smooth. That said, I’ve really enjoyed starting my career out here. It’s been difficult in a lot of ways – making the transition from having a strict schedule with school, classes, job, etc. to a more DIY schedule was and is probably one of the most challenging aspects of creative freelancing for me. I love having a plan, so adjusting my mentality to allow a certain amount of flexibility with my time between gigs took some practice (and still does ha!). Patience is one thing I’ve really learned and am always learning out here. Auditions will come, shoots will come, there may be a global pandemic that throws everything in your life into a tailspin for a few months, but hey – the world will keep turning and work will come back! In all seriousness though, as I enter the beginning stages of forming my own media company, patience and hard work are the two most valuable things this town keeps teaching me.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I generally call myself and actor and a filmmaker, but there are definitely subcategories within that. My two loves are acting and directing. Writing follows closely behind, and as most people out here will probably agree, doing one or all of these things usually lands you in the producing boat now and then. I end up producing a lot out here. I’ve never really actively sought that workout, but between creating my own content, people seeing that content, and wanting to make their visions come to life, I end up with a producing hat on a good bit. I’m starting up my own media company, Little Dragon Media, at the end of this year, which is the beginning of a dream I’ve had for a long time. The first project we’ve released is a scripted audio drama narrative podcast about a marine whose plane crashes over the ocean and wakes up in the middle of a war-torn Atlantis with superhuman powers. Season 1 is out on all major streaming platforms, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, etc. We also have an exciting commercial project coming up this winter with the INFAMOUS sock company, Gumball Poodle, a woman founded and ran a small business right here in LA. If you check out a certain newly elected vice presidential candidate’s IG page, you’ll see her sporting some Future Is Female socks straight out of the GP stock!
What makes you happy?
Being on set or stage. I get a rush that no other feeling has ever really matched. It’s like a high of pure creativity. Painting and woodworking. I like making something come to life that didn’t exist before. Running. Runners’ high is a thing! I love doing marathon and ultra-marathon races. The adrenaline and sense of accomplishment is incredible. Paddleboarding. I was a SUP tour guide back home on the island for my summer job in high school. It reminds me of home. My cats. Their names are Robin and Harley – Batman themed of course. They make me smile even when it’s been a rough day. My friends and family. Having a solid support system and being a solid support system to others is really important to me and brings me a lot of joy. Atomic Blonde. I could watch that movie on repeat for forever.
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