I'm going to try and keep this short and sweet. (We're all busy; we all have ADD.) I recently moved to the Pacific Northwest after getting married and never imagined my career taking off in the way that it has. And to think I was going to give up what I loved just because I thought no one would hire me if I were to be my true self. "Just Be" from Kinky Boots, the Musical plays on loop in my brain. Particularly when it comes to auditioning for things like musicals! And plays. And films and tv. Basically being in show business. It is a daily struggle to 'just be' the true you while trying to give everyone else what they want, all the while fighting nerves enough to get the call-back. Add on top of that knowing that some of these people you're singing for knew you when you weren't the real you. On any given day that vital piece of information about myself could be my greatest asset or my worst liability.
I have much admiration for so many of the women (#girlslikeus) that have made a name for themselves in their respective industries. Candis Cayne has a career I can only dream of having. Janet Mock is a best-selling author. Laverne Cox is an Emmy-nominated actress. Aneesh Sheth is a Tony-nominated actress...
Well, it's nice to dream.
This blog will serve as a reflection of my experiences navigating my failures and triumphs in this wonderfully thrilling, scary, and exciting industry we all love/hate, while validating my own gender identity and finding success in show business.