Celeste grew up playing the violin and making homemade peach ice cream in her backyard in Harlingen, Texas. After dabbling in novel writing, pantomime, and horseback riding, she decided to attend Southern Methodist University as an “undecided” major. At the end of four years, she had a Bachelor of Arts in Music with a Concentration in Voice and a Minor in Theater, a string quartet called the Platinum Strings, and (remarkably) no student loans, thanks to the generous scholarships of the Methodists.
After deciding that waiting tables wasn’t her calling, she went on the road with an acoustic world fusion band called Tin Roof Tango, wowing audiences with her Celtic/Klezmer/Cajun fiddle playing and singing. That segued to an exciting summer spent on an outdoor stage at Six Flags in the 105⁰ Texas heat. It was an amazing experience, but she was thrilled when Think Big Party invited her to come and perform with them in the air conditioning.
A year later, she spread her wings and flew to New York City to attend AMDA, a conservatory for Musical Theater. After one exhilarating year in the Big Apple, she decided it was time to become a grownup. She flew home (on a proper airplane this time) where she began playing again with Think Big Party and accepted a job as an elementary school teacher in Dallas ISD where she taught for four years.
Celeste currently works at Robinson Creative Inc., enjoying the stimulating artistic environment while assisting businesses with their marketing and advertising needs. She also attends University of Texas at Dallas where she is working toward an Executive MBA in Project Management. Someday she dreams of managing huge dazzling projects that make people smile.
Miss Brinkman lives in North Richland Hills with her baby sister Lydia (who’s eighteen) and their imaginary cat. When she’s not marketing, studying, or performing, she enjoys shooting non-living targets with a recurve bow and brightly feathered arrows. She meditates daily, and she never listens to the radio. Instead, she has a severe audiobook addiction and is still refusing treatment at the time of this writing.