actor | singer | music teacher
Nominated best leading actress
"Exquisitely modulated performance."
-Wall Street Journal
'RIVIERA' INDIE SHORT
'MARCH' INDIE FEATURE
'PENELOPE PRATT' INDIE SHORT
MY LORD WHAT A NIGHT
I’ve been singing and acting since childhood - started piano lessons: age 7, sang my first solo: age 8, and auditioned for and booked my first musical theatre role: age 12 all in my hometown, Windsor Ontario, Canada.
In Windsor, I was raised by Jamaican parents who heavily steeped me and my sisters in Jamaican culture. Singing, acting, dancing??? - all normal, everyday stuff.
I moved to Florida in my mid teens, quit piano, singing and acting (due to culture shock) and instead took up drawing. I became disenchanted my senior year with visual arts, (thinking I’d never make money if I majored in drawing). Was I wrong? Who knows…but I went back to music, majoring in Music Education, (piano) (making sure I knew I’d earn a paycheque), and for funsies, I added Music Performance (voice) to get back into performing again.
I blossomed, teaching choirs by day for Orange County Public schools and singing professional opera by night with the Orlando Opera Company. I was a teaching artist getting that paycheque that I was so worried about until...
I got married and had kids - wrecking my regular paycheque life. I stayed at home with them. Darned kids!! (jokes..they give me life and I gave them life..see how that works?). I stopped teaching full-time. I worked my way up to a principal role with the opera company before they officially closed their doors. What now? NO PAYCHEQUE!!
I decided to study acting. CRAZY? Yes!!! NUTS! It’s a journey that has taught me about ME and a lot about others. While I’m not one of those actors who will sell her soul to work, (I’ve seen plenty of that), I do work hard and I love the ride. I also opened my own studio 'CREATIVEOLOGY MUSIC & FILM and both ventures feed my soul. Now, that paycheque??? It ebbs and flows but I've been smart about my pocketbook and my mindset has served me well.
I'm happy being a teaching artist. My work consists of teaching voice & piano to actors and artists, theatre, commercials, hosting, film and soon to be tv..stay tuned for that announcement! Until then, PEACE and LOVE!!