Heather Jane Rolff (love saying her full name) and I have been friends since freshman year of high school. We cheered together on the cheerleading squad for 4 years and supported each other in our developing extremely competitive careers. Heather as a singer/dancer/actor and I as a model. Heather the triple threat, worked at breaking into musical theater and I worked on getting my next big job as a model. When I was on the Maury Povich show for the “Super Model of America” contest sponsored by FORD models, Ultimate II Cosmetics and JC Penny back in 1992, Heather and her Mom Pat were right there in the audience cheering me on. It’s hard to explain what challenges you face as an actress/model/singer/dancer if you are not in the business. Going on audition after audition and hearing No, No, No can bring you to a place that feels like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. There are so many factors as to why you didn’t get a job from your nose being to big to not having the right hair color; we both have heard it all.
You have to stay strong and focus on your ultimate goal. Heather has done just that, she has landed the staring roll of Helen in “Fat Pig” co-staring Dane Cook, Julia Stiles and Josh Hamilton opening on BroadwayApril 26th, 2011. Check out her press release in The New York Times It shows you that persistence and extreme talent will pull you to the top. I am so proud of Heather, in an industry where it’s easier to give up than to keep going. The picture below is from our celebration Sunday night after her appearance in Les Miserables at The Broward Center of Preforming Arts. I can’t wait to get to New York City in April to see how she rocks the “Fat Pig” stage!