“ When the student is ready the teacher appears. When the teacher is ready the student appears” — Chinese Proverb
I worked in New York 8 years, Virginia Beach 6 years, Los Angeles 11 years and now Nashville for the past 25 years.
After winning “Model Of The Year” in 1965 I was in love with the whole process. The past 5 decades has blessed me with a “Clairol Nice N Easy” For Brunettes Only campaign. Playing Senator Foster’s wife in the soap opera “Capitol” on CBS. The ring lady on “Gambler 5”. Mother of the lead in “Deuce Coupe”. Erika Shepherd opposite Annette Funicello in “Lots Of Luck” for Disney. Dance judge in “Girls Just Want To Have Fun”. I Owned my own Miss Universe Spa Salons/Spa Health Clubs, and operated “Academy International” a school for modeling and acting in Virginia Beach. I had my own local TV show in Virginia Beach called “Key To Beauty” on Channel 3.
I’ve worked on many music videos such as Dolly Parton’s “Honky Tonk Songs”, Ray Boltz “One Drop of Blood”, John Anderson “Long Hard Lesson Learned” as well as being a spokesperson for a regional campaign for “The Vein Center”. Heart Attack victim for the Centennial Hospital commercial that won a Cleo Award which expanded to a ½ hour mini documentary called “Heart Check”. A commercial & print campaign for Baptist Hospital “Midlife Matters”. The cover of “RV Camping World” magazine. As well as voice over work for Spotland “Life Care Centers” and Film House’ military campaigns “Draining Flag Blood Drive” and “Teen Suicide Prevention”.
Meisner Technique with Sylvia Harman
Scene Study & Character Analysis with Mark Thomas
Private Coaching for Film with Jonathan Martin
Professional Artists Group Soap Opera Workshop with Tom Palmer
The Art of Auditioning with J.Karen Thomas and Jessie James
Actor’s Cineposium with Talia Shire, Christopher Cain and Kelly Morgan
Master Auditioning Workshop with Tom Todoroff
Auditioning For Camera with Robin Daugherty
You see as a teenager I struggled with overweight, shyness and confidence. My first teacher was Julie Collmus with “Charm Associates” in Virginia Beach who helped me with proper etiquette and an ability to believe in myself. I attended her classes every Tuesday and Thursday and to fill my week I joined the “European Health Spa” on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. This routine changed my life. Within three months I’d lost my weight learned the ins and out of modeling, posing and runway.
My desire as your teacher is to pass this information on to you…so you can achieve your goals to have a life full of joy and adventure much like I have been blessed with.
When you have wisdom let others light their candle by it. Let me help you light your candle…