actor, improviser, videomaker from LA.
contact mgmt: andy@the5la.com
commercial: Lemonlimeagency.com

 

In production: Marie, by Jonathan King. His brilliance in writing, poetic imagery and fierce authenticity has been recognized by the coveted Princess Grace Foundation. I’m honored to play Marie alongside an eclectic cast: Steve Olsen skater legend and visual artist, and Grant LaValley also an accomplished artist and musician- among countless other contributors. Echo Park based Joshua Theroux is in Ohio with King working on an original score- theatre organs, songs, lyrics. Filming to continue in rural Ohio in mid Aug 2014 pending completion funds. 

projects in post: Love in Moreno Valley (feature film), Britneyholics Anonymous (short), Enhanced (short), Untitled Mark Columbus Pilot, Bodies for a Global Brain (webseries),Christian Friendship Players (comedy pilot)and The Youth (short).

IMPROV COMEDY

I perform with No You Don’t, Oprah! at various venues in Hollywood.image

The Cupcake Theatre residency 1st and 3rd Wednesdays at 8:30pm

The Neon Venus: every Friday at 8:00pm

IO West Mainstage: TBD

The Groundlings student house team: TBD

Award! Best Narrative Film

XR-91 Bio-Rebellion 2.0 will screen at the Director’s Guild as part of the annual UCLA Spotlight event 6/13/13. Written and directed by my partner Steven Huffaker. Starring Charlie Sanders, me, John Ennis, and James Franco. I co-produced this film and am very excited about it’s first theatrical screening. Steve also received Best Grad Narrative Film award at the UCLA film festival. 

Cleaner World Premiere

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Palm Springs International ShortFest – June 22, 2013 @4:30pm 
as part of the Crimes and Misdemeanors program. I’ll be there with fellow cast and crew. 

Cleaner to show at LACMA Young Director's Night.

Cleaner, directed by Masami Kawai, starring Suilma Rodriguez

At a Los Angeles dry cleaner, Jae pursues her desires as her mother struggles to keep the business going in the face of pressure from a crime syndicate. But when Jae decides to put an end to the extortion payments, the secrets of the past come to light.

CUTIE WORKING ON HER NOVEL AT INTELLIGENTSIA/ ECLECTIC LA NATIVE (22-30) Ethnically ambiguous. Chill. Funky. Smart. An L.A. native who loves that the city is an ethnic mash-up like herself. Still “type A” enough to google “type A” to see if that describes her. She’s spiritual , an avid traveler, and has a super goofy side. Her karaoke playlist is entirely 90’s R&B hits. Apple junkie. Fluent in Spanish. Great with improv and character acting.

iVote around America

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I was selected to represent my generation with a print campaign for the 2012 presidential election. check out this ivote nation to see what they do.  

Not far from where I grew up in the LA neighborhood, Lincoln Heights, these trees were growing too. The forces that I struggled with as a first generation American, multi-ethnic, and living in the inner-city, are what enable me to play complex characters from diverse walks of life. I have 3 sisters and was raised primarily by my hardworking momma. Gunshot blasts, helicopters, and news of girls my age disappearing only later to be found as the “body of..” still amazes me- this was just life! Performing became a transcendent experience for me as early as 6 years old, when I lied about my age to be allowed in the school’s drill team with my big sister.  I did whatever necessary to perform in a public way with a wider unknown audience so it’s less personal and more freeing. We cheer for my nieces today as they jovially sing and dance at gatherings, with the knowing that the same natural desire as little girls was never as encouraged for my sisters and I. In high school, I found a faculty sponsor and reinstated the school’s dance team, making myself the captain of course. My little sister Kelly, 11 years younger would later be a part of that same team. 
Acting came to me unexpectedly when I auditioned for Disney Channel’s Gotta Kick It, Up! and landed a principal role. I was a HS senior, a natural I was told, but no one prepared me for the reality that talent must be paired with discipline and years of developing a craft, and a business sense is a huge advantage. It’s an ongoing process, and an end in itself. 
I continue to find my teachers, collaborators, and new family who have quite literally transformed me and helped me find my way back to the innocent place where all creation unfolds. Here lies the fountain of my work. 

Not far from where I grew up in the LA neighborhood, Lincoln Heights, these trees were growing too. The forces that I struggled with as a first generation American, multi-ethnic, and living in the inner-city, are what enable me to play complex characters from diverse walks of life. I have 3 sisters and was raised primarily by my hardworking momma. Gunshot blasts, helicopters, and news of girls my age disappearing only later to be found as the “body of..” still amazes me- this was just life! Performing became a transcendent experience for me as early as 6 years old, when I lied about my age to be allowed in the school’s drill team with my big sister.  I did whatever necessary to perform in a public way with a wider unknown audience so it’s less personal and more freeing. We cheer for my nieces today as they jovially sing and dance at gatherings, with the knowing that the same natural desire as little girls was never as encouraged for my sisters and I. In high school, I found a faculty sponsor and reinstated the school’s dance team, making myself the captain of course. My little sister Kelly, 11 years younger would later be a part of that same team.

Acting came to me unexpectedly when I auditioned for Disney Channel’s Gotta Kick It, Up! and landed a principal role. I was a HS senior, a natural I was told, but no one prepared me for the reality that talent must be paired with discipline and years of developing a craft, and a business sense is a huge advantage. It’s an ongoing process, and an end in itself. 

I continue to find my teachers, collaborators, and new family who have quite literally transformed me and helped me find my way back to the innocent place where all creation unfolds. Here lies the fountain of my work. 

Who would have thought this Mary J commercial would be controversial? pulled off the air?! All over the news for being racist?! not us. It was all comedy at the shoot. I wish they would have shown the part in which we are all working our sorry hip hop moves behind the counter. That was my big moment.

I was blessed with this big break: 10 celebrity centric commercials including Jay Leno, Steven Tyler, Sofia Vergara, Salma Hayek, David Beckham, and Mary J,! The biggest and most expensive campaign Burger King ever made… and yes David Beckham is even more dreamy in person!!

To see more clips of this campaign check out my reel.