I studied history at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts. After college I traveled as much as I could. I worked as an exchange student in London and hitchhiked around Scotland. I floated down the Amazon River in Peru and Brazil on a Kon Tiki Raft. I taught English in Japan for two years traveling to Thailand for vacation. When I left Japan I took the long way home, journeying through Mongolia and Russia on the Trans- Siberian Express.
I finally settled in Phoenix, Arizona. I worked as a quality control engineer at BOC Gases for two years. I then decided I wanted a job that satisfied my creative side. I found a job at Grand Canyon University as the costume designer in their theater department. I designed and built 40 shows and taught costume design. It was there that I really had the opportunity to improve my skills as a designer, manager, tailor and teacher. I was nominated for and won several design awards – the AriZoni Awards, which are statewide theater awards in Arizona.
After eight years at GCU I decided what I really wanted was to work in film and television. I attended graduate school at California State University Long Beach where I honed my skills as a designer, started to make contacts in ‘the industry’ and received my MFA in Costume Design.
In the summer of 2008 I was awarded the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Internship where I experienced the workings of television production. I worked for the costume designers of “Ghost Whisperer” and “Scrubs”. I also worked at American Costume in North Hollywood. I also made a brief appearance on “Castle” wearing my Steampunk costume.
I have completed the feature film “Sebastian”; the web series “Goldilocks” and several short films including: “Parallax” by Paul DeNigris; “Son of a Don” by Jamie Winterstern; “Valiant” by Robin Phillips and “In Captivity” by Michael Koerbel.