It all started when...
I was five years old with Shirley Temple inspired ringlets in my beach blonde hair and a microphone the size of my forearm in my left hand (yes, I'm a lefty). It was my end-of-the-year kindergarten extravaganza, and I (with my Mom's help) volunteered to sing Shirley's 1934 hit song "On The Good Ship Lollipop" on the largest proscenium lunchroom stage I had ever seen. Mrs. Nickels handed me the mic, I sang my two minute debut song, and I politely curtsied over a thunderous applause (which realistically was more of a polite golf clap). After that moment I knew I was born for the stage.
I have spent every year since exploring new creative endeavors. From 7-14 I focused on Musical Theatre, and even landed a few professional roles and earned my Equity card at the ripe old age of 13. At 14 my mentor/director passed away suddenly from a heart attack and I decided to see what it was like to be a "normal teen" and enjoy my high school without the rigorous demands of theatre life. Well sort of... while my theatre career took a pause I was immediately drawn to other creative endeavors. I started a band (Minus Ned, Defy Tomorrow), I sang in all the honor choirs I could, I took dance classes - I couldn't shake my addiction to the arts.
After high school graduation I pursued music professionally full time. I toured on the Vans Warped Tour as a solo artist (Marissa Mishelle) and with my band (Defy Tomorrow). Later I moved to Los Angeles and joined another band (Minus Ned) and we played all over the country, opened for the Kooks, and held several residencies around Los Angeles including The Victorian, The House of Blues, Room 5, The Mint, and others. After a few years of band work and traveling I decided it was time to go back to school - I spent a year rediscovering my passion for School and Theatre at Santa Monica College, and transferred to The University of Southern California to earn my degree.
At USC I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre with an Acting Emphasis at the School of Dramatic Arts with a 3.9 GPA (magna cumme laude). I learned skills like voice over, screen acting, dialects, stage combat, directing, writing, and more.
I recently wrote and directed an original immersive production at USC called Alohomora: Unlock the Magic sponsored by Special Events Committee and the Undergraduate Student Government with the help of the fabulous Anahita Dalmia (mastermind of the project) and Sara Greenwood (head designer). I plan to continue to pursue my directing career on top of signing, acting, and voice over work.
Currently, I am planning a wedding and self producing/narrating audiobooks for Audible, iTunes, and Amazon with ACX in my home studio. Check back for links and updates.
I am an artist that will never stop growing. I love my USC community (Fight On) and I look forward to waking up every morning doing what I love for the rest of my life.