Sixteen. The age everyone see’s you as young, smart, and have your whole life ahead of you. Unless, of course, you’re pregnant. Then everyone tells you that you ruined your life and that you’re dumb. Although I had people telling me these things constantly, I refused to accept it as the truth. My dream was to be in the WWE Diva–this has been my dream job for many years. As a girl, I had even taken modeling and acting classes to prepare for it later on.
But, being sixteen and pregnant, it appeared that was all it would be–just a dream.
My daughter was only 3 years old when I was booked for my first independent wrestling event. I was only a manager at the time, but I was too excited to be there to even care what my actual role was. To me, it was the first step towards reaching my ultimate dream of being in the WWE Diva.
I would go to shows early to help set up, maybe even get the chance to jump in the ring to try and learn from the other wrestlers. Thankfully, there are some good people in the wrestling world–I was lucky enough to meet and work with them on several occasions.
Most of the companies I worked with and for didn’t have women on their rosters. If I wanted to wrestle, I had to have matches with the guys instead. In the wrestling world, this can stir up a little controversy with those who believe they know how to run a successful independent wrestling company.
Throughout my entire wrestling career, I have only been able to work with another female once. Even in the face of this adversity, I stuck with it–something I’ve always done.
My life has never gone the way I wanted it to go easily. No matter how hard I tried, it always seemed that it was one step forward and two steps back. Being a full-time single mother while working, taking college classes, and wrestling on the weekends was a lot for me to handle. Looking back on it now, I’m proud of myself for pushing through.
With my ability to persevere, it wasn’t long before I made some kind of name for myself. I worked really hard to get my name out there, making connections and networking whenever I got the chance. I wrestled anywhere that would book me. I knew my hard work was paying off when I was approached weekly by podcast interviewers.
It wasn’t to long after that I received an email from the host of Center Ring. At the time, I didn’t know much about the show or what to expect. I came to find out that this was a pro wrestling tv show, and the Fogman wanted me to be a guest on his show, live! It wasn’t to long after that he asked me to co-host, giving me even more responsibility.
Center Ring has opened up many doors for me and has broadened my career choices. Thanks to the Fogman and his wonderful show, I have met and befriended many of the wrestlers that I grew up watching on tv. This includes names like Mario Mancini, Maria Kanellis, Mick Foley, Jimmy Snuka, Velvet Sky, Tommy Dreamer, Paul London, and a great many other people I respect and adore.
Although I only had a 5-year career in the world of independent professional wrestling, that didn’t stop me from pursuing other goals–including becoming an actress. Thanks to the Fogman and Center Ring, I had the opportunity to meet David Gere, producer of Woodhaven Productions. Gere and I continue to work together today.
As of today, I’ve been in a number of films. This includes, Almost Mercy, Sensory Perception, and Pinwheel.
Even though I haven’t ventured too far into the modeling world, I do have one thing that I am pretty proud of. Thanks to the amazing SFX work of Phil “Skippy” Adams, we put together a shark attack victim shoot in honor of Shark Week 2014. The shoot received reports from local television news stations and also made the front page story of the New Haven Register!
Now, if all of that wasnt enough for a single mom–of a now 7-year-old little girl–a big part of my life has also been dedicated to animal rescue. I have volunteered, fostered, donated, sponsored, and adopted many animals over the last 5 years. I’ve also helped organize charities and events for shelter pets. One of my bigger goals that I have yet to accomplish is to open my own animal rescue and open an animal hospital that helps with the medical care for those who can’t afford vet care for their pets. It’s a big goal, but I am confident that I will accomplish it within the next 15 years.
Honestly, what I want most is to thank all my fans and supporters out there. Some of them have stuck by me since I started my wrestling career. They have seen me struggle, and they’ve seen me succeed. But above all else, they’ve been there for me the entire time.
It’s hard to keep pushing forward when you have no positive reinforcement and when things seem bleak. I had only a few people on my side at certain points, but that was more then enough to keep me going. I wanted so badly to prove myself to those who told me I would never reach my dreams. I am happy to say I finally have. I may not be a big star, and maybe I never will be. Despite this, I am happy with how far I have come and what I have accomplished. I appreciate every person who comes to support my journey along the way.
No matter what life throws at you, your life isnt over. If you want it, you will find a way to make it happen. That’s what I did, and you can, too.