The number one question I get asked as an entertainer is “How long have you been doing this?”. For a while, I stopped answering that question with a number, as it was beginning to make me feel old. So, instead, my stock answer became “It is something I have always done. I have never had another job”. That answer is totally true, I have never had another job outside of the world of entertainment.
If you count from the first show I did for an audience (who were not my parents), I have been performing for 30 years. I have been performing professionally (for people who actually PAID me to perform) since age 16, which means that 2017 marks my 25th year as a professional entertainer. Longevity in show business is rare, so I am learning to take pride in that number…although it does not make me feel any less old when I say it out loud.
Looking through old publicity and promotional photos, tells a great visual story of the evolution of my career. I found some of my favorite early photos to share with you. So, please stop adding 25 and 16 together, and enjoy them.