The running joke in her childhood home is that Bonnie’s mom knew she was going to be an actor before she did. When she caught her “practicing her faces and expressions” in the bathroom mirror (while standing on the countertop) at three years old, she knew it was only a matter of time. It was no surprise, since members of Bonnie’s family were involved in showbiz and worked at the nearby Paramount Studios, but they let her come to the conclusion naturally.
Growing up, Bonnie was involved in the arts and worked behind the scenes, starting in the props department of local productions at age nine. At this time, she also wrote plays and musicals to perform at her after-school childcare center, with the involvement of a very encouraging and patient teacher who agreed to help her direct the shows on the stage in their building (convenient, no?) She went on to act in plays at her middle school and was involved in the drama club after school.
As many teenagers do, Bonnie began to become more shy and reserved towards her freshman year of high school, and lost a lot of self-confidence. She began to work more behind-the-scenes, doing everything from assisting stage managers to scenic painting. It wasn’t until her sophomore year when her drama teacher encouraged her to try out for the fall play that she began to get her groove back. She auditioned and landed a role as the butler in a Sherlock Holmes play and felt at home onstage again. She felt the bite from the radioactive theatre bug once more, and never looked back.
The years to come would bring more leading roles onstage, while continuing to work backstage in scenic painting, theatre management, and costumes, eventually becoming the Artistic Director at the Grand Terrace Community Players. She loved learning about the process of putting on a play, from the page to the stage.
Bonnie received her BA in Theatre Arts with an acting concentration from California State University, San Bernardino in 2011 and went on to do theatre throughout Los Angeles, and act in television and film, while working for producers and in PR. While training for her BA, she was asked to do an on-air commercial for the campus radio station by a friend and classmate. It was her first time behind the mic, but she didn’t give it much thought beyond, “Hey, that was fun!” With encouragement from two friends in the industry, she gave voice over a true shot. She pursued it full-time, training with big names in the industry, and her superpowers began to emerge.
Not too long after, life took a few twists and turns and she moved to Raleigh, North Carolina. It was time to find community in a new place, and for a rebrand. The Voiceover Superhero was born, and “with great voice, comes great responsibility” became her daily business and creative motto.