A Life in the Performing, Visual and Musical Arts
From early childhood, Bettie knew she was "Born to Entertain!" Her dad, a former movie projectionist, instilled in her a life-long love for classic films and the people who made them. Always a Starstruck kid, she best loved Fred & Ginger and Gene & Judy and the Musicals from the Golden Age of Hollywood. Since Hollywood's Studio System was long over, she knew she'd have to develop her talents on her own so she'd be ready when her "Big Break" came." Ever since TCM started as a channel, Bettie has been an avid viewer and considered watching the legendary performers in their film lineup essential for her career training.
What followed was 16 years of early music training (piano/vocals/theory), school & college choirs and 13 musicals, plays & children's theater. In addition to 3 years as a Theater Arts major, Bettie trained for 9 years in acting & dance (all forms) before beginning an international Show Biz career at 24. Bettie's 1st professional gig was performing with American Ballet Theater and legendary dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov. She toured throughout the U.S. and Nova Scotia as the Principal Dancer for Bic Carrol's Las Vegas Revues; Breck Wall's long-running comedy revue, “Bottom's Up” and in Japan for Producer Dolores Terry. Other show biz gigs included TV/Film projects, commercials, music videos, nightclub acts, dinner theater, Hotel/Casino production shows, a Magic act, a Circus aerial act and teaching ballroom dancing at age 40.
Following in the camera clicks of her artist/photographer father, Bettie was compelled to put her Vision of the world onto film. While dancing in Acapulco, MX for Director/ Choreographer, Jerry Jackson (Tropicana's Folies Bergere), Bettie's photography hobby became a passion, an obsession and then a business. This additional/2nd career naturally included Entertainment Headshots, Portraiture, Glamour/Boudoir, Seniors and Weddings. She also styled her clients' makeup and clothing. Bettie honed her creative and entrepreneurial skills by training with the world's top photo pros, including the Wedding Legend, Monte Zucker and the Master of Light, Dean Collins. She operated her own photo studios in Vegas, Reno and Nashville. After a series of burglaries forced her studio's closure, she advanced her printing skills by managing photo labs. When film gave way to digital photography, she added Photoshop retouching and creating multi-media life tribute videos to her resume.
In 1998, Bettie's life was positively impacted by a movie and its film score. In response, she created "The Orchestrator's Voice" - the first website for and about film orchestrators - as a tribute to those unsung heroes. Two years later, God opened doors for her to move to Los Angeles for a 3rd career - in the film music industry, first assisting composers, then assisting the world’s top film music agents. It was a wonderful opportunity to help bring gorgeous music to the screen. This allowed her to use her early music education, her extensive knowledge of films and film history and her well-developed dramatic sensibilities. Her most fulfilling career achievement: she submitted a composer’s music for a film project and later he won an Academy Award for "Best Original Score."
After 2009’s recession, she utilized her graphic design skills in a fourth career, producing newsletters for a government agency for the State of NV. Throughout her life in the Arts, Bettie has always mentored and encouraged aspiring young people with her brand of "Grooming for Stardom." Extremely grateful that she was able to make her own Show Biz dreams come true, this Renaissance Woman believes in the importance of “Paying it forward” for the next generation of artistes! "Retired" now due to disability and health issues, Bettie expresses her passion for continual learning by researching her genealogy. She stays creative by restoring heirloom images. And of course, while doing all that, she still watches her beloved classic films on TCM!