As a child actress, her first audition was for the movie Annie. She was among 10 finalists nationally to be flown to New York to meet famed director John Huston. Her second audition was for Hal Prince’s Evita, in which she performed for an entire year at the Shubert Theatre in Chicago.
Around the same time, she was one of the top children’s models and commercial actors in the city, working on dozens of regional and national commercials as well as appearing in numerous newspaper, magazine and catalogue ads.
While at the Chicago Academy for the Arts high school, Bridgett worked as a professional actress. Among other television and film roles, on her 16th birthday she acted opposite Jennifer Grey in a short but memorable scene from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
Graduating as Valedictorian of her high school, she enrolled as a theatre major at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. There, while playing co-ed touch football, she met her husband, Matt.
After receiving her college degree, Bridgett appeared in a few more TV guest starring roles before deciding to change gears and move into film production.
Over the past 20 years, she has worked on dozens of television shows and movies, primarily as an accountant. In the midst of this chaotic world, she has developed a reputation for calmly navigating a maze of union rules, contracts and high-intensity personalities in front of and behind the camera.
Routinely she has been responsible for paying cast and crews of 300-plus people every week, including stars such as Angelina Jolie, Julia Roberts, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Spacey. In addition, Bridgett provides “back-end infrastructure support” to her husband’s communications firm.
Over the years, Bridgett has increasingly seen and chronicled not only the Internet’s great ability to connect people, but the vast need for entrepreneurs to exercise common sense and integrity in harnessing that potential.
She has become a sought-after resource on how to maximize the use of technology in building relationships. Whereas many struggle to take technology beyond its cold, impersonal roots, she has developed a knack for building online friendships marked by warmth, trust and mutual respect.
In 2008, the Amway Corp. invited Bridgett to be on a five-person panel during an Alticor Global Communications Conference in Prague. Addressing communications staff from all of the company’s international markets, Bridgett shared insights on a variety of topics revolving around Amway and the Internet.
That experience prompted her to launch According to Bridgett.
Through it all, her proudest production is that of wife and mom. She and Matt have been married for over 20 years, and are the parents of 11-year-old boy/girl twins, whom they have home-schooled for the past six years.
~~Bridgett has been featured in local and national publications including the Chicago Sun-Times, the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Parent, The Washington Post, and Good Housekeeping.~~
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