#1 What's the best gift someone gave you when you were a kid?
Charlie McCarthy ventriloquist doll replica for Christmas in 5th grade. I did not ask for it, but I had become enthralled by the “Night of the Living Dummie” books in the Goosbumps series by RL Stine. My dad took note and I ended up with the doll on Christmas morning. This led to my first endeavor into performing as well as writing. I spent hours at the public library with stacks of joke books finding ways to work jokes into routines that I would perform for my classmates. I was lucky to have a teacher who gave me 5-10 minutes out of his schedule to perform.
I was a competitive distance runner for Cross Country and Track. I also was involved in Drama Club, Speech/Forensics Team (competitive speaking and acting), Choir, Band, Student Council.
#4 Soup or salad?
Salad. Shaken, not tossed.
#5 Villain or hero?
Villain. Heros are so commonly one dimentional.
#6 Cake or pie?
Rich, dense, dark, choclatey cake, please.
#7 Mountains or beaches?
Mountains if I have to choose. But can they be oceanside mountains in Costa Rica, please?
#8 Top five favorite snacks:
Oreos, Mr. Goodbar, Puppy Chow, Brownies, Chocolatechip Cookies
#9 What’s the practical skill in your life that you’re most proud of?
I keep a meticulous personal budget. I geek out over budgeting best practices.
#10 What’s something you do to relax?
#11 If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?
A carpenter or some other vocational/trade work. I enjoy creative work and designing and building useful, beautiful things is quite enjoyable for me.
#12 Tell us about your pet or your future pet. Share a photo, if you have one!
They used to be my pets, but we still visit from time to time. Meet Fig (grey) and Marcel (orange). Siblings adopted from a foster/adoption agency in Indianpolis called ReTails. Fig was always sassy and silly. Marcel was my best bud and always made sure I was well groomed (see other photo)
Start a theatre company whose sole core mission was performing for young audiences. Idianapolis would be a good candidate as far as location goes.
#14 What’s the household chore that you would avoid forever if you could?
Ironing. No matter how long you take… there is always going to be a wrinkle. 😡
#15 Tell us three things you remember about kindergarten.
The rainbow napmat my mom made me for naptime.
Taking naps on my rinbow napmat.
The generic nursery-rhyme/song record the teacher would play every day durring naptime.
#16 What’s your favorite day of the week when you are teaching a performance residency?
Wednesday. It is the first day the full cast is on stage together. I love the student castmembers’ faces light up as they hear the jokes for the first time and start puting together the flow of the show.
#17 What’s a product or service that you love so much, you would happily be their spokesperson? What’s so great about it?
You Need A Budget (or just YNAB, for busy people). In fact, I have genuinly considered trying to work for them in the past. It is a simple tool that does exactly what I need without being bogged down by dozens of fancy features. Ask me about it sometime, I’m happy to tell you more. :-)
#18 What’s your favorite kids’ movie?
Hook! I think the acting is just great. Especially the kids.
A Goofy Movie is high on my list as well.
#19 What’s something about you that some people might consider a weakness, but is really a strength?
I often get cought up thinking about the process and details of many things which can cause otherwise simple tasks take me a long time to complete.
#20 Tell us all of the towns you’ve lived in.
Salt Lake City, UT
Carbon Hill, IL