- What do you do for a living?
I’m an Actress and Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist
- How would you describe what you do?
Beyond getting to explore and play interesting and quirky characters while working as an actor, I also get to help people with real-life issues by guiding them with meditation, yoga poses and even herbs. It’s really rewarding.
- What does your work entail?
Studying and preparing for auditions and bookings. I always feel my best when I’m fully prepared so I can get to the audition or set and just fully let go and be in the moment.
For my Yoga and Ayurveda clients I get to help people with issues, it usually starts with a consult to get to the root of the problem/issue, then it’s all about finding the right daily routine to help correct the situation. It’s really a team effort. You only get out what you put into the process.
- What is a typical work week like?
When I’m not auditioning, working on set, or seeing clients for Yoga and Ayurveda, I get to spend time with my husband and our 6 year old son.
- How did you get started?
I grew up in a musical Yoga family we had a family band growing up and we visited many Yoga Farms, Ashrams and Temples, so Yoga has always been a big part of who I am. My parents always incorporated theater, music and dance in our home so it was just a natural progression, really. I remember taking my first dance lesson at 3yrs old, I was hooked. Then came theater groups in Jr. High and High school, being on stage was such a thrill. Once I moved to Los Angeles I landed my first role on TV on a sitcom called: Malibu, CA. I’ve been so blessed to be continually working on wonderful projects.
- What do you like about what you do?
Everything! It never feels like work because I’m so grateful to be doing what I love. Some examples are: When I work in front of live audiences and make people laugh or when a client comes back to me after a few months to tell me that their issues are gone and they want to thank me, it’s so rewarding.
- What do you dislike?
Can’t think of anything, really!
- What skills are needed to do your job?
As both an actress and an Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist you need to be in tune with other people’s needs, and you have to be willing and able to really listen and be in the moment.
- What is the most challenging about what you do?
For acting it’s the waiting to hear back about a role. For Yoga and Ayurveda it’s having people understand that they have to put in the work. You can’t just expect the problem to go away if you don’t do your part. I can only give you the poses, herbs/oils and dietary guidelines to correct the issue – you have to actually use what I’m giving you.
- What advice would you offer someone considering this career?
If you love acting and completely commit to your craft then you must go for it. As for becoming an Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist I would say if you want to change your own life and help others in the process, then go for it! For both careers you must be willing to work at it. Like all things in life, practice makes perfect.
- Do you have a talent Agent or Manager?
Commercially, I’m represented by Sumer Stamper at JLA Talent. Theatrically, I’m represented by Michael Goldberg at Element Talent, and my Manager is Barbara Price with Kings Highway Entertainment.
- What projects do you have coming up and/or what are you currently working on?
I’m so excited to be a part of The Vice Squad Franchise. I’ll be playing an Assistant DA – can’t wait. #ViceSquadFranchise
Beyond that, I’m creating characters and studying at The Groundlings. Comedy and Improve help you with every aspect of life.
I’ve been very blessed to continue to play several different characters at live events and for television. Britney Spears, Wonder Woman, and Sarah Palin to name a few.
- What is a common misconception people have about what you do?
That anyone could be an actor, which can be true, but only if you’re willing to put in the work. For Yoga and Ayurveda mostly people don’t know what Ayurveda is, but I’m always happy to explain it.
- What philanthropic or charitable organizations are you passionate about and why?
In my spare time, I work for The Charity Angels. I go out for them and help raise funds for various causes. I also love to volunteer with kids. I try to volunteer in my son’s classroom once a week.
Text: Saif Rahman Sozib