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TRAINING

Acting: The Working Actors Studio taught by Brad William Henke

Dance: The Edge Perfoming Arts Center

Voice: Training with John Deaver

Gymnastics: 18 years experience

Bikram Yoga: Practicing since 2005, and teaching since 2006

SPECIAL SKILLS

Motion Capture Actor

Expert Costume Performer

Gymnastics

Movement Artist

Stunts

Animatronic 'blind' Heads

BACKGROUND

Misty is a proud California native, born in Mission Viejo and raised in the mountains of the Cleveland National Forest. It was destined that she would be a nature lover all her life.

Misty's career began when she took her first gymnastics class at the tender age of 2 1/2. She loved it so much it was difficult to get her to leave at the end of the session. "There were tears involved!" Her gymnastics career spanned 17 years, and was highlighted when Misty was chosen to join the U.S. National Gymnastics Team as an Elite gymnast.

Throughout this period, Misty continued to study dance, especially ballet, as an integral part of her gymnastics training. She combined her dance and performance skills to land her first professional job at age 18. She was hired to perform in a succession of Disney stage productions including, "Fantasmic!", "The Lion King Parade", and "The Very Merry Christmas Parade". "I love to dance, and getting the opportunity to be Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, AND a dancing monkey (in "Fantasmic!"), was a wonderful job!" When Misty moved to Los Angeles, she studied at the Edge Performing Arts Center for dance, began vocal studies with John Deaver, and acting classes at the Henke Acting Studio. It was there that Misty first heard the quote that has guided her efforts ever since, "Luck happens when opportunity meets preparation".

Misty landed her first major film role as the lead ape character, Amy, in the Paramount Pictures movie "Congo". This "break of a lifetime" thrust her career full speed ahead. "It was such a thrilling adventure!" "Congo" was a crash course in acting, learning and understanding blocking, acting to multiple camera angles, and of course, learning how to feel, breathe, and be a gorilla. This was also the point where Misty developed the ability to work "blind". The ape head was animatronic, designed with no accommodation for vision, so Misty had to memorize her physical position within the set, and in relation to that of the other actors, in order to make it appear that she was comfortably "looking" through Amy's eyes. Misty was under the tutelage of renowned movement artists and character actors, Peter Elliot and John Alexander. The techniques she learned enabled her to book several more jobs in partnership with the Stan Winston Studios (now named Legacy Effects Studios). Misty considers her long-standing and rewarding relationship with Legacy Effects Studios, to be one of the lynchpins of her success.

It was during the filming of "Congo" that Misty began to perform stunts. Her height and gymnastics abilities led to an ongoing inventory of stunt roles. Her stunts have been featured in dozens of films and television episodes including, "Van Helsing", "Casper: A Spirited Beginning", "Casper & Wendy" (stunt doubling Hillary Duff), "Three Kings", "Charlie Wilson's War", America's Most Wanted, Rescue 911, Sliders, and Boston Legal "I got to tackle William Shatner, Woohoo!". While working on the enormous sets of "Van Helsing", Misty added wire work and fire burns to her growing list of stunt skills. "It was radical!.......TOASTY!"

In 2000, Misty began her very successful association with the Jim Henson Company. First, in the Disney movie "The Country Bears", and since then in a number of realtime Computer Generated (CG) animation projects. These performances include the title roles of Sid, in the PBS series "Sid the Science Kid", and T.J. in "T.J. Bearytales", and most recently as the character Kahn in an upcoming collaboration between Fox TV and Jim Henson Studio, titled "HAVOC!". "It was an incredible opportunity to work with the the geniuses that created the Muppets, Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock, etc. Too cool!" In preparing for "The Country Bears", "I took the skills I learned from "Congo" and "Instinct", and then was taught, by Michelan Sisti, the techniques needed to perform the character of Beary. It was different from my previous experience, so Micha spent many hours, many days, many weeks working with me to develop my skills. I was very lucky to have such a talented actor teaching me his art! Micha is one of a kind!" Working on "Country Bears" gave Misty the opportunity to meet Brian Henson. "Brian invited me to work on a Muppet Babies test shoot with Micha. It was my first Motion Capture (mocap) experience. WOW!, it was humbling! I had the hardest time finding the virtual camera! Micha kept pointing at the camera-like red lights 15 feet above me, all around me, saying, "Find your eye lines by looking at those", and I said, "HUH? What camera? Where? My 'Duh!' moment! Its crazy! You can't lose your concentration ever. Again, I was very lucky to have Micha there, patiently guiding me." Misty soon mastered these techniques and delivered fantastic performances.

Of the Emmy nominated "Sid the Science Kid" series Misty says, "I love the concept of the show! I love the fact that the show teaches young children about basic science tools, and basic principles of science." By the way, when Misty learned that she had been cast as Sid, she yelled and screamed and jumped so much that she, "...accidently scared my cat during my fit of joy!" The cat has survived, and Misty has triumphed as Sid. "It is the most physical, mental and emotionally challenging project of my life, but so UNBELIEVABLY REWARDING!"

Misty's most recent venture has her singing at the world renowned Henson Recording Studio (formerly the A&M Studios). She is collaborating with Paul Graham, vocal producer of "Sid the Science Kid", and his music partner, Paul Bushnell of PapaGenius! Productions. They are producing a number of original songs with Misty providing the vocals. "I can't believe these nice, humble, CRAZY TALENTED guys are my friends, and that they are working with me! I've dreamed of doing this my whole life!"

"I consider each and every one of my jobs a stepping stone, a learning experience that guides me towards the next one. There are so many people that have weaved in and out of my life that have taught me, guided me, inspired me, and simply helped me to get where I am today. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank them: My mom, Arlene, my dad, Carlos Sr., my brothers, Joey, Miklos and Carlos Jr., my sister, Gigi, Russell Hitchcock, Graham Russell, Don Peters, Barnette Ricci, Nancy Thurston, Mark Wagner, Peter Elliot, John Alexander, Stan Winston, Mike Wilhite, Mark Majarian, Jon Turteltaub, Anthony Hopkins, Mark Blanchard, Terri Best, Michelan Sisti, Christopher Walken, Dave "SuperDave" Fedele, Christie Williams, Mahnaz Jahangiri, Bikram Choudhury, Craig Villani, Eduardo Sanchez, Brad William Henke, Brian Henson, Halle Stanford, Paul Graham, Paul Bushnell. THANK YOU!"

When Misty isn't performing you can find her practicing and teaching Bikram yoga. She graduated from Bikram's grueling, nine week Teacher Training program in 2006, and she has been teaching ever since. Her favorite words of wisdom by Bikram Choudhury, "You're never too old, never too bad, never too late and never too sick to start from the scratch once again." To which Misty would add, "Don't think about it, just put your yoga clothes on, and do it! Practice Bikram yoga for your health and your happiness! It changes you from the inside out!"

"DO WHAT YOU LOVE. LOVE WHAT YOU DO!"

 

 
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