When Karen was in college, she began singing classical music. Karen was given the opportunity to sing throughout the United States, Austria and Italy performing opera. The more she sang, the more involved she became in musical theatre. While traveling the world doing what she loves, she discovered the impact others had on her success. John Kenley was a major influence on her career. He influenced her to defy the odds, jump started her musical theatre career, and inspired her to become a young director and producer.
In the midst of her musical career, she married her husband, had four children, and started her own performing arts school and dance company. While continuing to be an actor and model with Pro-Model and Talent, she has written five produced plays and five books while working on more. As if that was not enough, she is also an ordained minister. With Pro-Model and Talent and the International Modeling and Talent Association (IMTA), Karen has received many awards for her success such as the 2014 1st place IMTA Female Actor Monologue Division, the Youngstown Vindicator Award twice, and 3rd place National Screen Actors Competition in the Indie Film Festival 2008.
Karen has retired from her theater career, but still considers herself an actor. With the help of Pro-Model and Talent and IMTA, she is still being cast in productions, and recently landed a role fin a film in Atlanta, GA. She plays a Portugese/African slave and has to learn the Geechee dialect. They begin table reads soon and will begin filming in August. She is also in the process of debuting her own production "Nativity, the Hope," that will premiere at Youngstown Playhouse in Ohio on Dec. 2nd through 4th and December 9th through 11th of this year.
Karen never believed she would be where she is today. The thought of film never crossed her mind until one of her directors, David Vosburgh, told her she would be great in TV and film. Karen started her film career with a short film, Round on Both Sides, and has since been in Nike commercials, Evil Days, and an extra in many films. Aside from film work, she has hosted a radio show, produced a web talk series about cooking, and has taken on more modeling roles.
With all that she is involved in, she tries to embrace her character's role before each audition. She tries to see the emotion from the character's perspective and searches for key emotional words in the dialogue, so she can sense the character's heart. Karen is a successful actor who has made a difference in the industry and continues to make her mark everyday. Pro-Model and Talent Management is proud to have her as a model and talent!
Pro-Model and Talent Management has been very successful placing models and talent locally and internationally with life changing opportunities! The Fall IMTA Auditions will be held on Saturday September 10th, 2017. If you are interested in pursuing modeling on a national or international level, click here.
Written by: Josephine Wheeler