Risa played a starring role in the Web Series turned Feature Film "HomeCooked News." (Amazon Prime)
Charasmatic ~ Upbeat ~ Dedicated
A native New Yorker, I grew up on Long Island and immersed myself into all facets of college life. While attending Hofstra University as a Drama Major, with a minor in Speech Arts, I would take the train into Manhattan to audition for tv, film and theater.
Big-learning life-lesson coming at you…
After six callbacks, yes six, I was offered 2nd choice for the female lead role in the Broadway Musical, Big River (which won the Tony Award for Best Musical later that year).
The 1st choice actress happened to have been contracted with Joseph Papp for Shakespeare in the Park. If Mr. Papp let that actress out of her contract then she got the Broadway role,
if not, I would have landed my first Broadway leading role.
Welp, Mr. Papp let the other actress out of her contractual obligation. That experience ended up being my second hardest lesson as an actress.
The first was, after auditioning for and being offered the lead role in a feature film directed by Richard Baskin (a life-changing opportunity), the producers decided to cast one of their own daughters instead.
(I still have Mr. Baskin's apology letter…One day!)
I have since studied at HB Studios with Stephen Strimpell and have taken numerous workshops and classes with accomplished teachers, casting directors and actors, including Brian Reise in Los Angeles, and currently, Anthony Robert Grasso in NYC.
I believe that there is never an end to studying and learning about this craft,
only continued growth.
I have further honed my skills while working in film, tv (live & recorded) and theatre with experienced and well-known artisans.
(yes, also redheads!)
My characters range from:
→the confident, formidable Lawyer/Teacher/Mom
→to the insecure, or overly-trusting Wife
→to the sexy Ad Exec
→or the demanding Mistress
→to the sassy, nosy Neighbor
→or the quirky, comedic, sarcastic, loyal Best Friend
...just to name a few.
In addition to acting, I am a studied and professional singer, dancer, host, and emcee.
A consummate performer, which is what I always strive to be, I am dedicated and committed to whatever role I am offered and do it with sincerity, depth and always, always, with positivity!
I say luck is when opportunity comes along and you're prepared for it."
I think you should take your job seriously,