In 2002, I graduated from COD with an Associate Arts degree and transferred to UC Irvine, where I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre. Today I am happy to say that I make my living as a professional singer and dancer. I have performed professionally on cruise ships, for corporate events, conferences, regional theatre, and in other venues.
I met many amazing people at COD who inspired and influenced me including my drama coach and mentor, the late Michelle Gaines. Michelle motivated me to be and do my very best, both onstage and off. Her discipline, advice, and encouragement helped me to stay focused during the toughest of auditions, and molded my beliefs and thoughts about the entertainment business. It also helped me to hone my own skills and talents. If it hadn’t been for Michelle and other key supporters at COD, doors would not have opened for me to be doing what I love today.
In March 2012 I was thrilled to be one of the performers in One Enchanted Evening V, a Broadway-style performance to benefit College of the Desert’s Early Childhood Education Program. I was honored to sing the show’s finale.
Had it not been for the extensive training I received at College of the Desert, I don’t believe I would have built the foundation necessary to move onward and upward in my life and career. Thanks, COD.