At 17-years-old, Jodie, an east coast gal now living in the LA sunshine, almost became a cardiologist. Thank god NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts accepted her early with a pretty substantial scholarship. So… Jodie cancelled her 2nd interview at Brown ‘s Pre-Med Program and moved to NYC. The Village was her new home, Washington Square Park her campus and Stella Adler Conservatory became her training ground.
She worked consistently in the NY theater/musical theater scene for years with many renowned composers and directors. She played leading roles Off-Broadway in new musicals and plays at the York Theatre, New World Stages, Atlantic Stage and The Barrow Group.
Once she landed a recurring role on One Life to Live, her on-camera career in commercials, TV, and film began. Jodie is also an audiobook narrator with 40+ books under her belt and is an Audible Approved Producer. She has worked on TV shows including Modern Family and All My Children. She just completed a film directed by Ali LeRoi, The Obituary of Tunde Johnson. A short film she did with up-and-coming director, Tiffany Kontoyiannis, Non-Disclosure, was an official selection (2018) at Cannes Short Film Corner and the Female Media Festival.
Variety says, Jodie “Shines like a beacon.”
As a producer, she tells female-driven stories that raise consciousness and connection through the lens of truth. Her first feature film got distribution by Cinedigm and Random Media. Currently, she has a feature in development which will be in pre-production the fall of 2019. She has two TV series on her slate that she is in the process of developing and pitching.
For over 10 years, Jodie’s also coached actors and artists to achieve their goals, implement success strategies, become organizational masters and own their brand. With two bicoastal businesses, The Savvy Actor and Accelerated Artist, she brought the concepts of business to the artist. Jodie was an adjunct professor teaching the Business of Acting at Pace University in NYC for 3 years and built and teaches the year-long Business of Acting program at Studio School in LA. She has taught workshops at SAG-AFTRA, Actors Equity, The SAG Foundation, Comicon and over 50+ universities and training programs.
In August 2017, Jodie’s life came full circle and she married her high school sweetheart, Matt Viera. #firstlovelastlove They live in Valley Village with their three dogs – Sylvia, Nugget and Tater Tot.