I grew up on TV. Not literally. Growing up in the Dominican Republic, I was obsessed with American television. So much so that at age 7, when my family and I immigrated to the United States, I already spoke English fluently. Throughout my early childhood, I dreamed of working in movies, though not in front of the camera. I wanted to be a movie pyrotechnician, setting up all the cool special effects in the movies I loved (I suspect I’m not the only kid who dreamt of blowing stuff up for a living).
Yada-yada-yada, sh*t happens. I got slightly more practical. Went to the University of Florida (criminology degrees are practical, right!?). Went to law school. Got an amazing job as a prosecutor for the Department of Homeland Security and moved to New York City. Then one day, I happened on a Facebook post look for contestants on a new reality TV show, Whodunnit?, billed as CSI meets Survivor. “What the hell,” I thought, “sounds fun.” Competing on Whodunnit? was extremely fun; and it brought back all of those childhood dreams of making film and TV. (I won, in case you are wondering).
The “reality TV to acting” road is well-traveled, and littered with failures. But my career as a lawyer has taught me nothing if not preparation. I enrolled in the William Esper Studio and learned the craft of acting from some of the best teachers in New York (and improved my in-court performances in the process!).
So here I am, lawyer by day, actor by… also day! Here goes nothing.