My first appearance on stage was as Master of Ceremonies at a school talent show in 1st grade, age 6.
One afternoon in Willits, California, shortly after I moved there, I was in town, and looking at a bulletin board, looking for potential video clients, when I saw the flyer for auditions for a play. I thought perhaps they might want video of the play; auditions had started an hour earlier, and were just a few blocks away, so I headed that way. When I arrived, the only two people there were the playwrite, Don Samson, and an assistant. "Are you here to audition?" they hopefully asked. No, I said, I'm here to offer to video the play. Don said, "Well, I don't know about that, but how about just doing a reading?" Ok, I agreed, that would be fun.
A week later, they called me back. Could I come in for another reading for a different part? Not really, I said, I live quite a distance out of town. "That's OK," Don said, "you've got the part." I played the role of "Dan" in the "Man in the Shed," a one-act play.
I designed a clown face and costume. When I wore it the first time, I discovered that a clown costume is more demanding than any other costume, it seems, in that people want to interact with you and expect you to perform. I found that my character "Poppy" needed much more than a costume; a clown needs a complete persona, a posture, stride, voice, act, props, perhaps balloons, etc.
Wardrobe test without makeup.
I worked as a PA (Production Assistant) on the set of Chef Gordon Ramsay's Hotel Hell at Applegate Lodge, Oregon, June 2 - 6, 2013.
... and I worked as Lighting Tech. on the production of Sunset Blvd. at Camelot Theatre, Talent, Oregon, 2014, & crewed numerous other TV shows including at Rogue Valley TV, and Seattle Community Access TV.