The first theatrical production I performed in was The Dumb Waiter by Harold Pinter (Yeah I know, start off easy). I alternated playing both characters, Ben and Gus. My parents showed up EXTREMELY nervous to see their son potentially make a theater-geek-fool of himself, but (thankfully) to their surprise I showed potential.
That's not to say all of the words that came out of my mouth nor the pauses I took were written by Pinter, but I had clearly found my place in the world, and they took a deep breath.
After finding success on the stage in high school, I auditioned for the BFA Acting program at The University of Connecticut where I was admitted to the program on the spot, despite being told in that same room that I had "no idea what acting is." and that my not having made it to the gym consistently was "a metaphor for my life."
Throughout my journey at UConn, Theatre Academy of London, (and the gym) I managed to figure out what acting was all about, and it's pretty simple: story telling through motivated action.
Aside from my most compelling and acclaimed performance at school (according to my professors) being a chicken in a cockfight during animal work in my movement class, I managed to score competing offers from 4 agents in New York and I signed with Carson-Adler Agency.
Auditioning in Manhattan had it's ups and downs, and I took a moment to look at my idols. All of whom had forged their own paths to success, either through creating short films, web-series or stand up routines. Basically just doing it themselves.
So, here I am. Doing it myself.