I was born in Maine, in a town called South Portland, at the tail end of the '80s...and I learned to walk and talk in what I would come to know as the James Bond dark years in the gap between Dalton and Brosnan. I grew up on a healthy diet of what the Disney Animation Renaissance was serving up throughout the '90s, Abbott and Costello Cassette tapes before bed, my parents blasting classic rock and Les Miserables on family road trips...
I went to South Portland High School, where two individuals named Stephen and Jane Filieo would give me one of the most influential gifts of my life: A love of performing. The annual musical they would put on allowed me to learn and play on stage as a lion, a Broadway director, a cartoon villain, and a Guy in love with a Doll.
I had my first big audition in high school when the HBO production for 'Empire Falls' came to Maine. Even though I didn't get the role...I was hooked. I continued acting in school productions, switched from moderate success as an alto sax player to Drum Major of the marching band, and really became interested in politics and world affairs. That interest would take me to DC and as far as Australia for retreats throughout the first decade of the 2000s...and more importantly, that interest would land me at The University at Buffalo studying American Politics.
While at college, I fully adopted my mom's hometown of Buffalo as a second home of my own. I joined an all male a cappella group, and lived in a house off campus with them ...only a block away from an old cinema that my grandparents used to go to as high school sweethearts. In those four years I earned my degree, recorded an album and won competitions with my a cappella group (for some reason convincing them all the while that my singing voice was ‘naturally' and incredibly raspy), continued auditioning and acting in independent films in Western New York, made some bad decisions and some good decisions...lived and learned and really took advantage of those college years.
After UB, I moved back to New England, back in with my parents like any respectable post grad, and worked two jobs as I auditioned and found success as a film actor in New England. I acted in some lead and supporting roles in films that I am very grateful and proud to have been a part of...and found and forged an association with The Barbara Bush Children's Hospital of Maine; a cause and a hospital that I will forever help and support.
Since my time in New England, I have relocated to Los Angeles. I soon found The BGB Studio with Risa Bramon Garcia and Steve Braun. I have taken ongoing classes at BGB since I moved to Los Angeles, and am currently a TA working with actor and teacher Tim Conlon every Sunday.
I am represented by my agent, Jenny Stricklin Talent, and my manager Eileen O'Farrell. I have a wonderful team that shares a clear vision of who I am and what I want to do in this industry...and I'm the luckiest guy in the world because of the support I have around me.
...Acting for me, early on, was all about imitation. I was a gifted mimic, and that had to do...because I hadn't lived yet...I hadn't experienced anything. But as I have lived...I keep filling my cup and fueling my artistry. Acting isn't imitation and lying; it is truth.