Here's another one of our wonderful PAPER ANGELS actors for you to adopt! For $1,200 you can pay for Carl's R/T airfare, give him a bed for 5 nights, a per diem, 2 meals a day and pay. In return, you'll receive a journal of Carl's experience in the play with heartwarming photographs AND we'll pay for a dinner, just you and Carl! Pledge $1,200 on our kickstarter campaign to adopt Carl!
Where do you come from? What's your family background?
I come from a long line of bandit warriors. I was abandoned by my mother who at the time was hiding out in a nunnery. My father was one of the Chanktar, a tribe of bandit warriors from a time and world we only thought to be fantasy. Well, it's more exciting than saying I was born in Hong Kong, and was raised in CT since I was 4 years old.
How did you get into acting and how would you describe where you are in your career?
Well,... I was raised by television, literally, and was mostly ignored by my mom. Don't get me wrong, she did her best as a single mother of 2 children. She only did what she knew. Her parents never really knew to ask if she was ok if she was unhappy,.. and my mom was the same with us. So, as I grew up, watching the magical worlds of TV and film, I realized I enjoyed living out a fantasy. Throughout my early school years, I would go to camps and special programs for creative kids. In highschool, I went to an arts high school and majored in dance, and was also part of a traveling acting troupe. My sister and I also created our own band. When I finally went to college, I was at a loss of what to study but after 3 years of uncertainty, I ended up in the acting program at the University of Connecticut, where I got a BFA in acting. Afterwards, I eventually went to NYC, and took classes from the Eric Morris System of acting from the Bova Actor's Workshop.
Where am I in my career? ha ha. Well, I don't know, I honestly think I'm just at the very beginning though I've done tons of stuff. Based on work alone, sure I guess I've done pretty good, but most people measure career monetarily. In that case, then no... I'm nowhere! But, I can say that it's only a matter of time before I get more paying gigs, and as all artists or freelancers eventually would like, be able to live off my art. Oh money. It's nice. It does provide the means of convenience and ability to help others. As of now, I have a role that's potentially going to be the highest paying gig I've ever had! So,.. we'll see :-)
What excites you the most about theater? What kind of theater do you want to be part of? I love how theater brings you into a different world. Theater can be so inspiring, it can be so full, sense-shattering, rebirthing old ideas in a fresh way that moves you. Great writing and ideas presented in surprising ways... that's the kind of theater I'd like to be a part of!
Have you ever been involved in any humanitarian or community activities? Please describe. Growing up, I always thought of being an undercover highschool police officer, or top secret operative, or a superhero. I often volunteered in either school organizations and after school programs aimed at helping youth through acting and open forum discussions to address issues like drugs, pregnancy, abuse, racism and homophobia.
How do you make ends meet?
I have done almost everything for money! REALLY ha ha. Some things I've moved on from, and don't do anymore, like being a waiter, or selling things I'm not passionate about, like vacuums. I've performed country western music and been a costume character in an amusement park. I worked in a warehouse moving office equipment and furniture, sold magazines by phone, made earrings from home, worked as a production assistant for films and TV and worked as a caterer and butler. I was in the Navy, I was a DJ and I've taught hip-hop and tai-chi. I worked in a comicbook store and a concession stand and as an usher at a cinema. I've also worked as an extra and back-up dancer for bands... I'm sure there are other things I'm not mentioning here.
What other activities do you enjoy besides theater?
If I wrote or drew more and better, I'd say writing and drawing, ha ha. I love films, music and comic books! Yeah, love comics. If I wasn't pursuing performance, I'd be interested in producing/creating films and comics. I also enjoy spirituality, working out, cooking, eating, sleeping, meeting new people, creating memories, being with friends, doing outdoor activities with friends, or staying indoors and playing games, going on adventures ... and I'll stop now.. or else I won't....