When people think of Las Vegas, raising a child is not usually their first thought. However, being born and raised in Sin City has shaped me to be the person I am today. While the Las Vegas strip is famous for its hotels, gaming, food, and fun; it is also a hub for arts and entertainment. Growing up in this city has brought me so many unique opportunities and solidified my dream of being an actress.
In first grade I auditioned for my first musical titled Circus Circus by John Higgins and John Jacobson at Henderson International School where I played the lead role of Sad Clown. This was my first taste of acting on a stage in front of people and I loved every second of it.
For my 6th birthday my grandma took me to see Mamma Mia at Mandalay Bay. This was the first musical I had ever seen live and I was mesmerized the entire time. From then on Abba was constantly played around the house, my whole family singing and dancing, stopping to listen to me sing Thank You for the Music.
Mamma Mia was the tip of the iceberg of the talent I would experience at such a young age. At least once a month my grandma would take my sister and I to a new show at a new casino. I was raised by The Jabbawockeez, The Bronx Wanderers, Mike Hammer Comedy Magic, Nathan Burton Comedy Magic, Jubilee, Nunsense, Blue Man Group, Frank Marino’s Divas, and the list goes on. Each show was beautifully unique and taught me about what it meant to be a performer. Leaving the theater with the rest of the audience, I would hear each person voice their opinion on how amazing the show was and how it made them feal. People traveled from all over the country to come to Las Vegas and see this show that some claimed made their entire trip. I wanted to perform and bring that same amount of joy to people, that the strip brought me.
I knew I wanted to be a performer but with so many options as a child, I didn’t know where to start. On November 11, 2008, Taylor Swift released her album Fearless and on my 8th birthday the following year, I asked for a guitar so I could be just like her. When I started middle school, I decided to focus more on singing then guitar. I started taking voice lessons and discovered Broadway music. In 6th Grade I performed the song Popular from the musical Wicked at the Blind Center of Nevada. Through the loud applause I heard a man say, “that girl has a voice for Broadway”. Since then, I’ve been doing everything I can to make it there.
In high school I discovered my passion for not just singing, but acting as well. I am a proud alumni of the Coronado High School theatre program where I have performed in Poe’s Midnight Dreary, Bells Are Ringing, The Night of January 16th, Legally Blonde the Musical, Holes, and Les Misérables. During high school, I was also a member of Sing City Vocal Studio, which helped me improve my voice and prepare me for college theatre auditions. I am currently in my sophomore year at Loyola Marymount University working toward my B.A in Theatre Arts. At LMU I have participated in both Haunting of Hannon XIII : Our Digital Collection, See Me, and Haunting of Hannon IX: Last ride On The Cyclone.
In each show I have the privilege of being a part of, I remember that little girl just happy to see any show she could in any and every casino up and down the Las Vegas Strip. Each show inspired me in a new and exciting way and I hope that my future projects, whether they be on stage or on screen, inspire others to be passionate and follow their dreams, the same way the sparkling strip has inspired mine.