HI! I'm Christine. I'm an actress and comedian, living in Los Angeles by way of Brooklyn. Beginning this creative vagabond career post-Business school with stand-up and improv, I've since moved onto study classic and contemporary theater, working with Meisner techniques and Grotowski movement in NYC. And I like film! Just wrapped my first feature, Passion of Joan, produced through Brilliant Earth Pictures where I played a post-apocalyptic Joan of Arc, and I’m moving into my own vortex of film creation. To give you an idea of what my taste buds find flavorful, I’m currently working on a one woman karaoke cabaret show called Karaokme and I have a stand-up routine that involves a plethora of Disney monologues. My purpose for acting and telling stories is to become as much of an archaeologist of the human experience as I can, in the hopes that my exploration might open others up to the history of their souls too.
DAY ONE ADVICE:
Hey you, this is pretty exciting right? I mean this is your first acting conservatory thing EVER!! It’s like you get a second chance at properly studying acting, for real, in a focused setting for many hours a week. It’s your dream. And it’s here. I know you are worried about missing something or not getting everything you want to get out of it, out of it. You’re also worried about not being good enough or feeling behind because other people have properly studied this and you just started a few years ago. You’re also older and new to LA and there are LOTS of unknowns. Yes, feel those unknowns. Feel em and lean into em. They are your friend, they are your weights so you can get those creative muscles pumped up! The unknowns are gold. And this conservatory will present a lot of tools to you to help combat the fear of the unknown and the worry that you aren’t right. Trust yourself and the process, trust that you know what you need, you know yourself, you do. Trust that your voice, that thing inside that tells you what to do next, that voice is RIGHT and it will go hand in hand with that unknown, exploring the forest of this profession together. Sometimes the unknown will lead and sometimes you’re knowing, your inner truth will lead. Together, you’re going to explore the hell of out this life. And this place is going to open up that imagination so you can truly let yourself be free!!!! FREE. Let is take you along, feel open to possibility, but also, open to trying stuff and then evaluating how it made you feel because YES this spot is going to make you really think about what you like and don’t like, what pushes your buttons and what doesn’t, and who you want to be. WHAT KIND OF ARTIST YOU WANT TO BE. Because you are an artist. You are an artist. You are an artist. You will believe this sentence by the end of the course. Love you.
TO A NEW CONSERVATORY STUDENT
Hey! Welcome!!! I am so happy you are here. Truly. I wanted to give you some advice on the conservatory. Well, I think the word advice isn’t quite right, I think it is more like musings, solid ground to stand on before you leap forward, thoughts to help ease into this very new and very exotic world where everyone REALLY CARES. And wants to become the best version of themselves as people and artists. It is hard to find a place filled with people who care, care deeply. It’s invigorating and freeing and it’s genuine, really. And now we get to grow alongside YOU as well! Because we are all in it together, this community of artists is here for you and we have your back! There will be a lot of unknowns and deep exploration and uncomfortable stuff happening over the next 10+ weeks. And it’s all going to lead to some BIG revelations in terms of the kind of artist you want to be. And who you are. Who you really are, what you care about and what pushes your buttons. Let this exciting mystery and adventure surprise you! And go with your impulse, it’s always right. CAN’T WAIT TO WORK WITH YOU!
Tell us about a transformative educational experience.
The very first acting experience I had was 4 years ago at the Deena Levy Theater Studio. I was attempted to model and my agent told me to take an acting class in the hopes that it would open me up more. Well, it worked. I remember walking into the room and sensing almost a wave of Tribe, I’d found my people. From there my teacher led me through a chair exercise where we got to go full anger, full sadness, full laughter…And the freedom I felt was like nothing I had ever experienced. It was a permission, I deep down feeling of acceptance, I was allowed to be me and to let it all out. I had found a medium that could take all of that in and help me carve it out into stories and characters and experiences that gave everything I felt inside purpose and freedom. This workshop not only introduced me to my true calling, but it taught me that I am enough. I am enough.
What about transformative professional experiences?
This past year, I got to play lead in my first feature film called Passion of Joan. It was the most intense acting experience I had ever faced. Not only was I brought into the film fairly late due to their lead dropping out mid-shoot, but I was in the middle of a huge personal shift (leaving my lover and moving to LA) and work shift (managing the biggest work project of the year). I didn’t know how I was going to handle it, If I could handle it. Would I be able to dedicate enough to understanding Joan? Could I carry this film, did I have it in me, was I talented enough? Do I just THINK I am a good actress but I’m really just fooling myself? All the doubts, all the intense doubts that I didn’t have it in me to make Acting a real profession weighed on me leading up to the shoot dates. BUT, in the end, I nailed it. I brought Joan to life, I met the director’s vision, I told the story. I also moved to LA and finished my work project and kept my dignity and my heart open the whole time, feats I didn’t know I could do. This professional experience of actually finishing a film, staring in it AND keeping my life no track proved to me that I can be a full-time actor. I can make this my career. And I can be successful at it.
Why I do what I do...
I do what I do because I want to know why I am here. I want to fully explore this human experience, I want to be an archaeologist of my life and my soul, I want to dive into what makes me breath, I want to use this exploration to tell stories, stories that might connect to someone else also exploring this journey. I do what I do so I can do more and be more, grow beyond what I think I can do, so maybe, that opening up of myself might, if I’m lucky, might help others open up beyond what they think they can do it.
What about ECT inspires you?
I’m inspired by how action-oriented this theater is, everyone here DOES. Many programs and I’ve been a part of talk A LOT and don’t get up and act and create and tell stories. I like the drive and the engine that fuels everyone here. I like that everyone here acknowledges that, yes, fear exists, but it doesn’t define us and it actually makes us stronger.
Where have you traveled? Where would you like to visit?
I have been to all the Continents except Antarctica (want to get there!). I also dream of driving around the Italian countryside.
My favorite "day-off" event would be...
Getting lost. I love exploring and knowing that no one knows where I am or what I am doing. When I was living in NYC, on a day-off, I would go to the Met or the park or ride my bike around Brooklyn. I’d go all day without talking to anyone, just singing and humming and thinking. Since moving to LA, my new favorite day off is getting lost at the beach, taking my car and all my favorite books and lounging by the beach. Maybe going for a run, maybe writing, maybe writing jokes, but only I’m allowed to be there. My favorite day off event is spending the whole day with just me.
If I had one million dollars I would...
I'd like to hire a film crew and write/produce/direct and star in a karaoke tour around the world. It would be a series called Karaokme and would be a spin off of the karaoke cabaret I'm working on. Each karaoke lounge would be treated as a show, complete with "backstage" aka at-the-bar prep, diva issues, personal assistants, choreography...the works. Think Lady Gaga Five Foot Two documentary but in karaoke lounges around the globe.
Did you know...
Once got lost on a moped in Togo.
Took the best shower of my life at the Sydney airport.
Visited 20 countries and 6 continents.
Favorite movie is The Birdcage.
Favorite food Ice cream and/or moms chocolate chip cookie dough.
My karaoke song is Creep by Radiohead - I usually take a knee.
I've visited Disney World over 40 times.
I'm from a tiny town in South Carolina where horse polo has been a thing since the 1800s.
I can speak German.
I can play the flute.
My favorite smell is brewing coffee.
I triple majored in international business, global supply chain management and marketing with a minor in German and then went on to get a masters in international business.
I was featured in Bloomberg Business week for a company I started up called Hifive where I acted as a networking sidekick, helping people meet new people.