I started my acting career in Orange County, CA. I took every opportunity I could to learn about my craft, and after getting my undergraduate work done at Orange Coast College, I studied at various performing art centers, such as South Coast Repertory and Long Beach Playhouse, before deciding to pack it all up and move to NYC. I was 19.
NYC was a school in itself to learn from, but I wanted to be the best in my field. I knew that preparation was the surest form of success, so I continued to enroll myself in the best schools in town. I had applied to TISCH and when I didn't get in, I looked at the curriculum and decided to create my own.
I took classes at Stella Adler, Terry Schriber, Neighborhood Playhouse and Atlantic Theater Company. I found my home with Meisner and graduated from William Esper's 2 year program studying under his brilliant wife, Suzanne Esper.
I spent many years in NY and was able to work with some of the best agencies in town, booking consistently in commercial and industrial work. I felt like NYC had done wonders for me as a person and as an artist but I wanted to return home.
Since returning home to Los Angeles, I have been able to book national commercials an average of once a year and with multiple bookings in between. I took a love to the bartending scene and have become one of the top respected in that craft. Bartending provided me a stage to continue to perform and led me to competitions that kept me sharp.
I have been involved in stand up comedy nights, and improv shows throughout my time here in Los Angeles, and I continue to search out the freshest forms of media outlets that actors can showcase their talents on. I work as a co-writer with my sister on a youtube series called, "Kvetching with the Katzenbaums" a Jewish parody on the Kardashians.
I am also a writer and have been writing a book, BarMade, which chronicles my experiences as a bartender on both coasts-30 lessons in 30 shifts. I have since retired from that scene in order to fully focus on my more creative pursuits, but have connected the blog I started so you may see where BarMade is headed.