Posted by on Aug 26, 2011 in Acting, Amputee, Katy Sullivan, Motivational, Uncategorized | 10 comments

I have recently been called in to audition for a pilot for a tv show for one of the big networks.  We were in Vegas for Jay’s birthday and of course as soon as I left town, opportunity came knocking… the role was for a girl in her 20’s that is an amputee, she has had a one night stand with the main character of the show. She is a tough girl who is self-confident, regardless of her physical situation. I had a great audition, hit it off really well with the casting director, knew that I was perfect for this job and left believing that I had booked it. Then I waited. And waited. Didn’t hear anything. I was very confused about what that meant, how...

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Simply for the Love of it.

Posted by on Aug 15, 2011 in Acting, Amputee, Jay Cramer, Katy Sullivan, Motivational, Rancho los Amigos, Uncategorized | 60 comments

My awesome and hilarious husband, Jay Cramer,  is the Director of the Performing Arts Program at Rancho los Amigos National Rehab Center, it’s a program that is made up of past or current patients of the hospital who are all performers- singers, dancers, comedians. It’s truly amazing the amount of talent that has passed through Rancho and these people are mostly untrained.  There is everything from an Elvis tribute artist to singer-songwriters to poets and everyone of them is living life after some sort of injury or disability.  Every time I go to rehearsal, I leave with so much joy from the excitement of these people and their passion for their...

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Everything Happens for a Reason

Posted by on Jul 4, 2011 in Acting, Amputee, Katy Sullivan, Motivational, NBC Diversity, Uncategorized | 14 comments

I know that this is not the first time that you have heard the idea that the things in our lives happen for a greater purpose. Even the seemingly negative things. I know that this idea can be REALLY hard to swallow, believe me, I know. But maybe the real lesson here is to be present in the moment when something ‘bad’ happens and step back and say, ‘What can I learn from this?’ or ‘Perhaps I’m that wasn’t meant to be.’ I had a recent ton of bricks land on my head recently about this principle – and it only took 3 years to see it clearly. The year was 2008, I had just booked a large role on the popular TV show, My Name...

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Posted by on Jun 9, 2011 in Acting, Amputee, Jay Cramer, Katy Sullivan, Motivational, Oprah, Uncategorized | 8 comments

I’m not sure if you have heard this or not but Oprah has recently completed her 25 years on her daily talk show.  I have been a fan of hers for a very long time and she has been a huge inspiration in my life. She grew up with the odds against her, being a black woman in Mississippi in the time when people would look at her and see the color of her skin and judge what she might be capable of.  She SHOULDN’T have been able to do what she has done – but she took ‘no’ as merely a suggestion and believed that she had something within her that the world needed to know about. I can relate to her struggle because I have grown up with a physical...

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The Road is Long…

Posted by on Apr 2, 2011 in Acting, Amputee, The Goodman Theatre, Uncategorized | 79 comments

MANY of you know that I had the incredible opportunity recently to work at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago.  I was cast in a play called ‘THE LONG RED ROAD’, in which I portrayed Sandra, the matriarch of a family that has been torn apart both literally and figuratively.  One of her twin daughters is killed and she is left a bilateral amputee after her husband (played by the amazing Tom Hardy) takes the family for a drunken trip in the car and to make matters worse, he disappears into the night not to be heard from for 9 years.  The story begins for us in the wake of the tidal wave that was their lives.  The show deals with betrayal, guilt, fear, and most...

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