Position in School of Theatre:
BFA Musical Theatre Senior
1. How did you get your start in theatre?
I started Acting Classes when I was five. I always have always had big aspirations even as a child. I remember getting cast as Lulu in a play called “Sitting on Santa’s Lap” with a professional theatre company in Louisville at age six. And I loved every minute- from rehearsals, to getting to know the cast (which was all adults), to the big moment of performing on stage for an audience. Since then, I was basically hooked. Acting is the opportunity to play pretend-to escape- to be ANY one in ANY situation- it is what makes me sane. I started singing and dancing when I was twelve. That can really be credited to the Disney channel and wanting to be a “pop star”. HA. However, my love for musical theatre grew so much from going to those classes and being introduced to the colorful and fun world of Musical Theatre.
2. What is the best performance you have ever seen OR what is the craziest thing that has happened to you during a performance?
Over spring break I got the awesome opportunity to see the new Broadway show “Once”. Surprisingly, I had never seen the actual movie the musical was based off of- so I had nothing to compare it to. But, even if I had, I can’t imagine my opinion about the show to be any different. It was amazing. The lead actress- Cristin Milioti- provided the best performance in a musical I have EVER seen. She blew me away so much to the point I tweeted after the performance how she deserved a Tony award-ha. So, I HIGHLY recommend the show-it is truly a piece of art.
3. If you could have any career outside of theatre, what would it be and why?
Hmm, hard to imagine since I have been involved with theatre since such a young age-but I l do love children, weddings, and cupcakes. Soooo either a career involving children, a wedding planner, or owning a cute little cupcake bakery. Or maybe being a casting director so I could cast and work with all my friends. Ha.
4. What inspires you in your free time/ what do you do for fun?
Well, I honestly have not had a TON of free time in my time here at FSU-I am usually doing SOMETHING theatre oriented- but when time does come to do whatever I, like any girl, love to go shopping-even if often that means window shopping. I also love taking mini-trips out of town for fun and/or to friend’s houses. I am also guilty of often watching the Food Network, Dance Moms, and Four Weddings.
5. What brought you to Florida State?
I came here and auditioned from Kentucky not knowing much at all about the program. Some teachers at my performing arts high school recommended it to me, saying great things, and that was what really sparked my interest. I came with my parents in late January to audition- and you know that thing everyone told you in high school about picking the right program- or, at least, what everyone told me was “You’ll know where you fit”. And during/after my audition here- I truly felt that way. I knew if I got in the program here, I would be going here. It just felt comfortable and right.
6. If you could give an aspiring theatre artist any piece of advice, what would it be?
Do what makes you HAPPY. There is no point of going through life making yourself miserable-life is short and you are usually more successful if you are happy anyways. In my time here I realized I had to most importantly be happy with myself, instead of trying to make everyone else around me happy. Happiness usually comes from some sort of compassion as well, and that shows in your work- so do what your heart and talent desire to do.
7. Wild Card Question: If you were a breakfast cereal, what would you be and why?
Oh my gosh, cereal is one of my favorite foods so this is a perfect, but difficult question. Probably… Lucky Charms- It is like escaping to your childhood when you eat it. It is so fun and sweet- full of different shapes and colors. Each spoonful is surprising because you never know what marshmallows you’re going to get. And I’d like to think of myself like that I guess-youthful, fun, colorful, and pleasantly surprising.