bio

I am excited to share my website with you, a place I consider my  “cyber-home”, bringing together: my past work, my journey as an actress and my current projects.

bio-photo By age six, I knew I wanted to be an actress.  My destiny was confirmed as I took the audience by storm while playing the Wicked Witch of the West in “The Wizard of Oz,” as an 8 year old Brownie (the younger version of the Girl Scouts).  Born in Cambridge, MA to an East Indian father (from Bombay, India) and an African-American mother, I was raised in Gaithersburg, MD, the middle of three daughters.  We’ll lovingly call this combination ‘a Blindian.’  My name in Sanskrit or Hindi means “little goddess.”

As I entered high school, it wasn’t popular to be a ‘thespian’ (this was way before ‘Glee’) so I opted to be a pom-pom girl instead which was much more acceptable. My senior year, I was voted homecoming queen, best personality and a prom princess.

My choice, apparently, paid off.

After high school, I thought that being an actress was an unrealistic dream and believed  ‘everyone wanted to be an actor’ so I decided to pursue journalism instead. That way ‘I could be a reporter on TV and then slide into acting.’ Brilliant plan.

After receiving a broadcast journalism degree from Syracuse University and spending a lot of my parent’s money on my education, I decided I owed them a return on their investment.  So, I got a job as a production secretary for the highly respected MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour in Arlington, VA. I was well on my way to executing my acting plan except for one BIG problem, I wasn’t acting and I was miserably living a lie.  It was time to re-think my plan.  Following a Biblical tradition, I decided to go to the mountains to pray.  Jerusalem was a bit far so I settled on the Blue Ridge Mountains of West Virginia, a place my dad used to take us camping.

During my ‘mountaintop experience’, I realized ‘to be an actress, I had to act.’ Again, brilliance at work.  Since I had a week of vacation left that year, I decided to visit my Aunt and Uncle in Los Angeles and see if I could secure a job.  Two weeks after returning to Maryland, NBC called and offered me a job in their Page program in Burbank, CA.  Two months after my ‘mountaintop experience’, I was droving my packed little Toyota Celica from Maryland to Los Angeles to pursue my dream of becoming an actress.

The mountaintop paid off.

I am extremely grateful.  For over 18 years, I have made a living as an actress. I’ve appeared in over 40 national and regional commercials; recurred or guest-starred on a number of celebrated TV shows (including the award winning ‘West Wing’, ’24’ and ‘Resurrection Blvd.’); appeared in several feature films, TV and cable movies; and, worked in voice-overs for radio, animation, TV and film.

There is so much more to share, but I’ll leave you some time to browse around my website, drop me a note or leave your information on the contact page.

Thanks for stopping by and remember: “Everything you ever wanted is on the other side of fear!” 

Devika Parikh