First headshot ever in 1988...
This was the headshot I used to get my first audition/film.
I had just won the 1988 Ms. Los Angeles and 1989 Ms. Reno, Nevada Bodybuilding Championships, the Ms. California was next. Ithought that I was on my way to being a professional bodybuilder.
But instead, my career took a major detour.
A producer/director by the name of Blake Edwards (Pink Panther) started me on my way and gave me a taste of fame and fortune. Hence, my first acting job in the entertainment industry, "Skin Deep". What can I say? I didn't know anything about the industry at the time
When I auditioned for the role of "Lonnie" for Skin Deep, I totally fit what Blake Edwards was looking for; a blonde, muscular bodybuilder who looked like a normal woman when dressed, but revealed a real muscular woman when disrobed!
For those of you who saw Skin Deep, you know what I mean. I weighed about 170 pounds at that time. I was huge! Filming took place only a few months after I had competed, I was in my "off time" (excuse!). I think that was the biggest I had ever been. I didn't think about the "love scene" until the very day it was to take place. John Ritter was very understanding. He made it easy for me, but the dozen or so crew members didn't. I was so embarrassed, but committed. Now that I look back, it wasn't all that bad! Being on the trailers of Skin Deep was an amazing feeling. It didn't hurt my chance of being noticed.
The next thing I knew, I received a phone call from the producer/creator, Johnny Ferraro, of this new and innovative tv show called, "American Gladiators". This show seemed right up my alley. You can check out all the nitty-gritty details of what followed on that page, the American Gladiators.
SKIN DEEP PROMO PHOTO
JOHN RITTER AND BLAKE EDWARDS
The American Gladiators television show was the focus of my career for over seven years while being the character of "Zap".
Being on the Gladiators for six years plus the tour opened the doors to several other television opportunities. I did several cameo appearances. The first was on "Blossom" starring Joey Lawrence. I also appeared with "Ice", Lori Fetrick, on Jim Henson's "the Muppet's Tonight Show." I even landed a spot on the Jay Leno show with other celebrity guests including James Woods and Michael Richards who is better known as Kramer on Seinfield. I was fortunate to work with Charlie Sheen on Hot Shots Part Deux (II).
Wonderful film called "The Immortalizer". I got stuck in a dungeon for a few days playing a zombie eating blood and guts; which was actually fake blood and gummies.
This is the cast of "Revamped"... Fun to work with although it was very low budget. I didn't care. It has never been about the money; just an amazing experience!
I have done my share of low budget films as well. I did a film earlier in my career called "The Last Hour". It starred Michael Pare and Shannon Tweed.
I think I weighed about 160 pounds in this flick. Notice the big guns? I'm not talking about the one I'm carrying either. Another film that didn't do much for my acting career but was a lot of fun was a movie by Director, Andy Sadaris, known to make T&A "cult" flicks.
I did a film earlier in my career called "The Last Hour". It starred Michael Pare and Shannon Tweed. For those of you that are up on your trivia, Marisa Pare, who was the original Lace on the show was married to Michael. Does the last name strike a bell? We never left the warehouse! I played the gun-toting big, bad girl that gets killed by Michael in the end. (oops) I hope I didn't give the plot away. This one was called "Day of the Warrior" or "Lethal Ladies".
Finally, an audition for the perfect role that I thought would recharge my career, JAG. (Judge Advocate General)
Boy, was I wrong. I worked real hard for the role of Lt. Cassie Puller. I read several times for the director, Don Bellisario. He asked me if I would be willing to cut my hair. I had to portrait a navy lieutenant. I cut my hair with little to no whining. Well, maybe a little. It didn't look too bad.It actually helped me dive into my character a lot better. We filmed most of the pilot in Corpus Christi, Texas on an aircraft carrier named the "Lexington". That was an experience.
The first was on "Blossom" starring Joey Lawrence. I also appeared with "Ice", Lori Fetrick, on Jim Henson's "the Muppet's Tonight Show." I even landed a spot on the Jay Leno show with other celebrity guests including James Woods and Michael Richards who is better known as Kramer on Seinfield. I was fortunate to work with Charlie Sheen on Hot Shots Part Deux (II) with Shelly Beattie, better know to the Gladiator fans as "Siren".
During those years, I appeared on over 11 talk shows including, Jenny Jones, Joan Rivers, Montel Williams, Sally Jesse Raphael, Maurey Povich, Good Morning America and even Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous where I had the pleasure of introducing my two year old daughter, who is now thirty (30) yep.
One of the most exciting and best times I ever had was shooting Baywatch at their Malibu location. I did a scene with Pamela Anderson Lee. She is very gracious and genuine. Everyone on the set was personable and made me feel right at home. It was a small role, but it was sweet! Still getting residuals from over 30 years ago. Nice!
I will never forget the opportunity Jim McMann gave me when he created an innovative reality show called "Manhunt". We shot in Hawaii. The premise was to hunt down our prey with paintball guns til illumination. This was McMann's attempt to jumpstart John Cena's acting career. Look at him now!
In 1995, I did a six page celebrity pictorial in Playboy. The biggest problem I had with doing the photoshoot was that I had already cut my long blonde signature locks to get the role in JAG. I wasn't too happy about that one. You be the judge!
After being in the industry for over 15 years, I put together a project of my own, right down to pre-production, I called it "The Rune Sagas, Voyages of Reya".
Obviously the show never took flight. It was a very expensive learning experience for me. It is virtually impossible to get a script to someone in Hollywood. Lots of nepotism there.