I am a sunny, empathetic guy with a constant smile and a passion for music (especially singing), performing, and photography. I consider myself a singer/dancer/actor (in that order), but am also interested in comedy and songwriting. I spent four years in the BMI Musical Theater Writers Workshop learning how to write musical theater lyrics. As far as instruments go, I studied the flute for 11 years as a child and dabble in piano. I own a ukulele but so far, no luck in that department. I love good food and drink (probably too much, considering how much I spend on it!), and though I don't really cook, I'd love to have someone to learn for. I value loyalty and honesty in friends and count myself lucky to have a good set, though I'm always up for making more! I was raised with cats, but I became a dog person as well when I played a French Poodle in an original children's musical in NYC several years ago. I also follow politics a little too closely and consider myself a full-throated liberal with some centrist sympathies. I was raised a Unitarian Universalist but consider myself an agnostic atheist. If you don't know what a Unitarian Universalist is, I will happily spend several hours trying to explain it. ;)
I am genuine, outgoing, and optimistic.
What I’m doing with my life
I am pursuing a career in the performing arts as a singer/dancer/actor and (vey slowly) working on writing a couple of musicals. In the meantime, I wait tables to pay the bills, which isn't so bad. Usually.
I’m really good at
Spelling. Throw me a word, almost any word, and I will spell it
right. I don't understand why I never competed in spelling bees as
a child. There'd be a movie about me by now! Also making faces.
Still working on my left eyebrow, but otherwise they're quite
The first things people usually notice about me
My smile, my bright blue eyes, and my high energy and friendliness.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Favorite books include Michael Chabon's "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay", David Mitchell's "Cloud Atlas" and "The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet", Alan Hollinghurst's "The Line of Beauty", Andrew Holleran's "Dancer from the Dance", Felice Picano's "Dryland's End", Tom Hodgkinson's "How to be Idle", William Goldman's "The Princess Bride", and anything by David Sedaris or Augusten Burroughs.
Favorite movies include "La Vie en Rose", "Lilies", "Milk" (and its documentary counterpart, "The Times of Harvey Milk"), "V for Vendetta", "Spirited Away" (and anything else by Miyazaki), "Smiley Face", and of course "The Princess Bride". Also BBC Earth's breathtaking documentary series "Planet Earth".
Favorite music includes A Great Big World, Rufus Wainwright, Regina Spektor, Imogen Heap, Passion Pit, Lily Allen, Antony and the Johnsons, Philip Glass, Kate Bush, Mika, Jason Mraz, The New Pornographers, Martha Wainwright, Stars, Air, Matt Alber, Yeasayer, Nicole Atkins, The Swell Season, CEO, various show tunes, and many others.
Favorite food? Really anything that's prepared well and made with fresh ingredients, but I especially love Italian food. Also pizza, bacon/mushroom/cheddar burgers, my mother's asparagus casserole at Thanksgiving, and Chinese food from the restaurant near my parents' house which I went to on a weekly basis growing up.
The six things I could never do without
1) My voice. I am a singer first and foremost. I love being able to
make music wherever I go.
2) My friends. I treasure the people I have chosen to surround
myself with and am always happy to make more.
3) My family. I love my parents and my brothers and I credit them
with helping me become the man I am today.
3) The internet. I admit, I'm addicted. It is my window onto the
larger world, the best way I have to connect with the people I care
about, and an endlessly interesting source of information.
4) A good book. As much as the internet is a window onto my world,
books are windows onto countless others, and not just worlds, but
5) My camera. I can't draw, so I take pictures. It allows me to
share the beauty I see all around me in the world every day.
6) My imagination and sense of humor. To just see the world as it
is would be and never see the world as it could be would be
unbearable. The world is a pretty funny place in the right light!
On a typical Friday night I am
Working. Getting people their dinner and getting them to the theater on time, then welcoming the multitudes of regulars we have at the restaurant i work at. After work will find me at a chill bar with some good friends, sort of like the gang from "How I Met Your Mother"...