Personal Information & Interests
I remember having an interest in the performing arts as early as five years old and I pursued this interest throughout my formative years. After graduating high school and attending two years at a local community college, I moved to New York City to begin instruction at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. In the years after graduating from AADA, I continued to study acting by attending several independent acting classes and workshops. I also have approximately 17 years of classical singing training which began in high school and continued through my time in NYC. I sing mostly pop standards, broadway and some light opera, mainly Gilbert & Sullivan. Regrettably, I was unable to secure employment as a performer during my time in NYC. In hindsight I attribute this primarily to an inability at the time to deal effectively with the business aspect of show business.
Eventually I returned to the place of my arising and, through career counseling, decided to get my undergraduate degree in the sciences. After five years, I graduated summa cum laude with a major in chemistry and minors in biology and mathematics. It was my intent to get a PhD and teach at the university level which is what brought me to Texas A&M's chemistry graduate program. However, I found that I did not care for research nor did I really care much for teaching. So, after two years, I dropped out of the graduate program.
I performed in local community theatre from 1996 - 2001 primarily with the Navasota Theatre Alliance. I had the honor to play the lead in the theater's most profitable production, The Foreigner, which ran during the summer of 1999.
I worked as a computer technician on the telephone for several years which got me up to speed on the workings of computers, mainly on Windows operating systems. This knowledge and training allowed me to qualify for the position I now hold in Digital Initiatives - Systems & Networking.
For most of my life I have also been interested in the esoteric exploration of existence. I had the opportunity to begin very intensive work on personal spiritual evolution in 1996 which continues through the present time. I feel I have benefited greatly from this work particularly through a teaching called The Fourth Way which focuses on the disciplines of self-remembering and self-observation.
I am also delighted to have two beautiful daughters who are the light of my life.
- Essex Community College. AA degree in General Studies.
- The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, NYC. AOS degree in Theatre Arts.
- Towson University. BS degree. Major - Chemistry; Minors - Biology & Mathematics
- Landmark Education, Houston, Texas. Completed the Curriculum for Living.
- The American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA)
- Actor's Equity Association (AEA)
- The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA)
- Federal Communications Commission license holder
- Ontology - the branch of metaphysics that studies the nature of existence or being as such
- The Teachings of Gurdjieff also known as The Fourth Way
- Esoteric spiritual pathways
- The psychology of internal and external relationships, i.e. the relationships among the different aspects within oneself (internal) as well as one's relationships with others (external)
Reading That Has Enriched My Life
- Beelzebub's Tales To His Grandson / Meetings With Remarkable Men / Life is Only Real Then, When 'I AM' / The Herald of the Coming Good by G. I. Gurdjieff
- The Crisis in Human Affairs / A Spiritual Psychology / Making a Soul / and other writings by J. G. Bennett
- Teachings of Gurdjieff: A Pupil's Journal / Journey Through This World: The Second Journal of a Pupil by C. S. Nott
- The Psychology of Man's Possible Evolution / In Search of the Miraculous / A Further Record by P. D. Ouspensky
- Fools Crow / Fools Crow: Wisdom and Power by Thomas E. Mails
- The Sixth Grandfather by Hilda Neihardt Petri and Raymond J. DeMallie
- The Price of a Gift by Gerald Mohatt and Joseph Eagle Elk