I grew up in the college town of Ames, Iowa. From a very young age, I had a pension for the arts, studying dance, piano, and voice for many years. One day I took a chance on myself, auditioned to be in a musical, and found what I had been missing. I then enrolled at the University of Missouri-Kansas City to study theatre acting. It was some of the best years of my life. I also discovered I had a knack for stage management during that time. I also continued to work on my voice and became classically trained. A couple of years after I graduated, I decided to further my education and training in acting and enrolled in the Academy of Art University. Here I found my love of acting on camera and was free to explore my talents and creativity.