Q. How long have you worked at Yard House, and what do you like best about your job as a server and bartender?
A. I’ve worked at the location in Friendswood, TX, for about 2-1/2 years. I love that Yard House has so much to offer our guests — and the quality of our food and drinks and the experience we offer. I've been in the foodservice industry 19 years, and I enjoy tailoring my experience for our guests through food, beer, cocktails or wine, talking to people and making their experience fun. Serving is kind of like doing a play. You’re always on stage. You set up for the day and perform your show. It’s a great way to interact with people, and I’ve always enjoyed that.
Q. Speaking of being on stage, do you have a theater background?
A. I’ve always performed in plays, and it’s one of the loves of my life. I used to do shows for my sister when I was 5. I had a box of props I carried around the house, and she was a captive audience in her playpen. I acted all through high school and college, and then I began performing in community theater productions. I starred in “The Hallelujah Girls” at the Purple Box Theatre in Friendswood in July, and it was great. I’m hoping to audition for some new roles soon. My Yard House managers have been tremendously supportive with my scheduling needs for everything I do outside of work. I’m also a freelance graphic designer.
Q. What is something you are unusually good at now, thanks to your Yard House job?
A. I’ve learned how to engage with people, and that’s been great. We are here to entertain guests as well as provide them with food and drinks. Dining out is an event where people are celebrating birthdays or graduations or just the fact that they don’t have to cook that night. It parallels what I love about theater, which is another type of event where people socialize and the audience becomes a community that shares a bond. The restaurant industry is kind of the same way.
Q. What would people be surprised to learn about you?
A. I’ve also been a singer and dancer for most of my life. I had six years of vocal training as a baritone and am trained in tap, jazz and ballet. A lot of my team members don’t know that because there aren’t many opportunities to get down and sing and dance at work! I love musicals. One that’s popular right now is inadvertently named after me — perhaps you’ve heard of “Hamilton.” People joke and tell me they saw my play. I wish I could take credit for that!