Hi, I'm Leslie.
This is my story...
And it is anything but typical.
Let’s just say, that before I was willing admit I wanted to be an actor, I tried just about every other job I could think of. This practical gal has always been an artist at heart, but coming from a rather practical upbringing, I didn’t exactly believe you could make a living being an artist. Luckily, I was wrong.
Although it took me until I was 28 to finally admit that I wanted to be an actor for a living, thank heavens the universe heard me! Two months later I booked my first Broadway show (the LA Company of Beauty and the Beast) and the day after the show closed I moved to NYC and never looked back.
These 23 years have been filled with some awesome Broadway shows, National Tours and starring regional roles with beautiful moments of writing too, including authoring the best-selling book The Organized Actor® and penning book and lyrics for two musicals. A Proper Place with composer Curtis Rhodes recently had its World Premiere, and my show Fetching Water with composer Michael Hunsaker has been optioned and is moving toward its off-Broadway run!
But the most unique turn of events would happen just three years ago with the surprising introduction to a music producer who saw promise in my work as a songwriter/artist, and together we brought my debut single “Slow Burn” to major market radio and it hit #4 on the AC Billboard/Hot AC chart. And this year we released my full EP "Taboo."
Now, I balance a life as an actor, singer/songwriter, writer and coach to other creatives. It is a unique life and I live it as best as I can every day, striving forward with integrity, bravery, artistry and love.
People often ask me, "But what do you really want?" So here it is…I want to consistently use my talents to inspire, entertain and educate others. To bring joy and beauty to the world by seeing more in others than they see in themselves. And to be brave enough to continue this beautiful, tough, stunning, surprising, difficult, delightful, heart-wrenching path of being an artist.
Because what is life, if not full of surprise?