As a kid, I was terribly shy. So my mom–showing sensitivity and understanding for my inherent shyness–threw me head first into a summer drama program.
I started out on a large stage in the small role of the Dormouse in Alice in Wonderland at the Solvang Theaterfest. I moved on to play a street urchin in Oliver! Despite my height as a youth, I even had a role as a dwarf in The Hobbit before eventually getting a lead role as Gerda in The Snow Queen. In other words, I had the shy beaten out of me, one play at a time.
I’m now an extroverted introvert who begins conversations with others, can network and even speak in public, though my stomach still gets all tied up in knots every darned time I step on a stage.
The good thing is, I actually like talking to people now. I even like talking to reporters, most of the time. So I guess, after all of these years, I am thankful to mom, to the drama teacher Maria Bland and her opera singing brother Jo, who taught me to use my voice. I’m also thankful to that motley crew of fellow youth actors who bolstered my confidence in those early years in the Santa Ynez Valley.
You need a voice in life after all, especially if you want to be a known author.
Right now I’m a known author to a small but growing circle of readers, family and friends. I wouldn’t mind being a star. Or at least mentioned in the Santa Ynez Valley Star.
Mission accomplished! (SEE BELOW)