Just a few short months after graduating from Northern Kentucky University with her degree in radio and television
, Galadriel Stineman (’07) moved to Hollywood, California, to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming an actress.
Stineman gave herself nine months to make it as an actress with a backup plan of moving back to the Cincinnati area to pursue a career in broadcast journalism.
“I was a lucky fool giving myself such little time to succeed,” she says. “I knew the stakes were high when I moved there without any friends or family and with very few connections, so I hit the ground running.”
What led Stineman to take that leap of faith?
Growing up as an only child in Dayton, Kentucky, her parents often encouraged her to pursue her passions. Her father, a proponent for higher education with three degrees and her mother with a psychology degree from NKU, supported Stineman in every possible way.
“My dad wanted me to be my own person,” she says.
Stineman, who dreamt of being an actress since she was three years old, often told people growing up she would make it big in Hollywood.
“I made my preschool teacher call me Dorothy because I was such a fan of the ‘Wizard of Oz,’” she says. “When you tell people in a small town you want to be an actress, they look at you funny. But my parents always supported me unconditionally.”
Her dream of becoming an actress never wavered. When she attended NKU, Stineman set her goals on a new path that gave her the opportunity to learn both in and out of the classroom. After becoming a radio and television major, she quickly got involved on campus and learned the art of making an impact in her career path.