City: Los Angeles
Position Seeking: City Council – District 7
Question 1: Please share a meaningful experience you had with art (visual, dance, drama, music, media arts) while growing up and its impact on you.
As a young man I was a professional dancer and had the opportunity to tour with a dance company in Europe and Mexico. Upon returning to the United states I went on to dance with Bobbie Gentry. These experiences were incredibly valuable in shaping me as a young man, in learning independence, expression, integrity, and responsibility. Not much later I attended a performance at the Huntington Hartford Theatre to witness a Production of Equus where I watched in amazement the great Anthony Hopkins and Thomas Hulce. This experience was a turning point in my life. It inspired me on a journey to study acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and with Peggy Feury, Janet Alhanti, Roy London, and Howard Fine. Though, I don't actively pursue an acting career today, My fondest memories were my last performance at The Court Theatre in Lee Blessings "Two Rooms". I think the arts are very important to each and every one of us, they feed our souls whether it is as a performer or as a spectator. Today, I work with special needs children, veterans, and individuals with addictions. I use many of the skills I learned in my earlier profession as a dancer and actor, as a drug/alcohol counselor and as a therapeutic riding instructor, teaching life skills, in movement, speech, responsibility, independence, and empowerment.
Question 2: What do you believe the role of City Council should be in developing and supporting the region’s arts and cultural infrastructure?
When I am elected into the City Council it will be an important endevor to assist and encourage developing programs in education pertaining to the arts. I will help facilitate mutli-cultural endeavors of the arts and sciences in our communities.
Question 3: What’s your vision for the city? What role, if any, does art and culture play in advancing that vision?
My vision when I am elected is to allocate monies for education of the arts for our young people and find ways to bring more Art and culture into our commuities, where we can implement a cultural fusion of the arts.
Questions 4: A recent report by the Otis College of Design found that 1 in every 6 jobs in LA County supports the creative sector and economy in Los Angeles County. If elected, how will you aim to ensure the continued vitality and growth of the creative economy and the artistic community that it supports?
When I am elected into city council, I will see that monies are allocated to continue the vitality and growth of the arts, and to ensure that the creative and artistic communities are supported.