Arséne. (m) French form of ancient Greek word Arsenios, meaning "virile."
1. (of a man) Having strength, energy, and a strong sex drive.
2. Having or characterized by strength and energy.
Brought to you in the form of a woman. Hell yeah.
A math wizard in the 4th grade, my mother had visions of me lunching in power suits and stillettos, commanding board rooms and orchestrating powerpoint presentations.
The problem is, she would have to pry the microphone from my cold, dead hands before that could ever happen.
Fearless, intense, and focused are common words to describe me. Oh yes, with a hot dose of goofball on a regular basis.
Hailing from one of the musical families of New Orlean's 7th Ward, who's roots run 13 generations deep, I sat down at a piano for the first time at the age of four, was given my first microphone at the age of six. When I wasn't rocking out on the pots and pans or making some other kind of noise, you could find me with my nose in a book, or drinking in your every word.
Much of my childhood was spent doing homework in green rooms and sitting in the back of theaters, while my father played bass in pit bands and my mother sang in musicals. I joined in at the ripe age of seven, and never stopped.
I was called to this profession when I was doing a show in college that was invited to do a week's run in New York. Walking down the stairs of the hotel we were staying in, we ran into two handsome blokes who asked about what brought us to New York. When I replied, "Oh, we're actors, and we're doing a show," the clouds parted, a heavenly light spilled upon our heads, and the choirs of angels ahhhhed. Or something like that. This moment of clarity is where I realized this is what I was supposed to be doing, and I'd more than likely spend the rest of my life doing it.
Arséne holds a BFA in Theatre from Marquette University, and an M.F.A. in acting from California Institute of the Arts.