I've spent my whole life enjoying playing make believe and spending time with people who do and appreciate the same. When people ask me what I teach, I tell them, "Compassion and communicative confidence. But the syllabus calls it 'acting'."
Where were you born?
Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Goldsboro, North Carolina
Where do you live/work?
What fuels your desire to act?
I am passionate about playing a part in telling stories that engage, enlighten, entertain, and connect people. And, honestly, I like playing dress up.
The best thing about being an artist is...
Having no boss.
The biggest obstacle in working with self is...
Being your own boss.
What advice you would give self at the very beginning of your training and professional career?
Find a mentor. Find things that say yes to you. Don’t worry, mobile phones and the internet will make this whole “audition business" a lot easier. Stop worrying about boys.
Are there any rituals you created to help you " face avoidance" that plagues any artist occasionally? Would you describe what works for you?
I have a lot of images and analogies I use (I call them Janellogies) that I find helpful: that the audition room is my sandbox, that my artistic expression is like a painting of a tree - someone might decide that they don’t want it for their particular room or house, but that does not devalue my painting; that every moment of performance, given or received, is a gift - no less beautiful for its transitory nature - like a flower. There’s more, but I’d need to start drawing them on a whiteboard.
Talk about a piece of work that you experienced recently (could be a book, theatre, film, etc...) that moved you and how it found its place in your your work?
I saw “WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT” and realized how empowered I felt watching a lead female character, who embraces humor and pathos, in a movie where her love interests are subsidiary, on the big screen. And I admire so many things about Tina Fey and her female bad-assery. It reminded me to occupy my seat of power with confidence. (And that I don’t have to move over for you to sit in your power as well.)
What other art form do you connect to? How does this craft/discipline help you in your work?
I love the needle arts - crocheting, knitting, cross stitch…there are rules and guidelines, and yet there is ample room for personal artistic interpretation if you want to take it. And it’s very meditative in the doing of it.
Describe your ritual or productive day at work?
Go with the flow. And answer emails.
Describe effective techniques you use to increase your focus/productivity when working on a project?
I run. Outside. It clears my mind, renews my spirit, and it keeps me connected with my strength, determination, and pain threshold.
How do you reward self for a job well done?
Chocolate chip ice cream. Which is also how I console myself.
In 2016, SUPER SPACE is serving as a vehicle to facilitate Created to Create Project.
CREATED TO CREATE
INTRODUCING ONE ARTIST PER WEEK, FOR 52 WEEKS IN 2016.
Beginning, January, 1st, 2016
ACTORS, ARTISTS, THEATRE MAKERS, FILM MAKERS, DESIGNERS, TEACHING ARTISTS, STUDENTS all chosen because they spend a part each day creating. Artists will be chosen in no particular order.
Introduce artists from different parts of the world. People who use different mediums and whose practice is at a different skill level. A thing they all have in common is unique sense of style and self-expression.