How would you describe yourself?
I’m a modern renaissance woman. I need to be engaged in creativity and philosophy to feel satisfied with life.
What type of character do you identify with most?
The action heroine or what I call the “classy femme fatale.” Someone intelligent and magnetic without the need for overt sexuality. She’s got shit to do and she gets it done…with occasional smirks along the way.
What are your favorite foods?
Avocados and coconuts. In everything.
Tell us a bit about your background…
I was raised on SoCal beaches and soap operas. In high school, I wrote/performed an original poem that won me a scholarship to San Diego Junior Theatre. I also participated in Shakespeare competitions and studied at the Old Globe Theater before running off to UCLA for a B.A. in English/Creative Writing. I’ve published poetry and prose in journals, a textbook by Oxford University Press, and even a New York Times-bestselling anthology. Post college, I taught English in Japan for a year, then moved to NorCal and stayed put.
So San Francisco won you over?
It sure did. There’s nothing like the colors and architecture here. And the opportunities are diverse. I’ve modeled for lifestyle/catalog/print work, performed my poetry, managed a boutique financial services firm, been the Treasurer of a non-profit, and worked as a Brand Ambassador/Promotional Model.
What’s your current obsession?
Hamilton! It’s an amazing show and there are so many parallels to my life that remind me “how lucky we are to be alive right now” :-). My mom disappeared when I was a teenager and we were homeless, my second foster mom took her own life, I published a 5-page narrative in an anthology before making it into a top tier university, and enjoyed experiences since I never would’ve imagined as a child. “I wrote my way out.” Oh, and my mom was Caribbean born and raised. So yeah, I feel a deep sense of kinship with the show.
What projects are you currently working on?
A memoir in poems…and learning photography…follow me on IG or FB to stay posted ;-).