About me?

I’m an actor, author, and coach currently based in Chicago.

Essentially, LIFTING YOU UP brings Me JOY!

As an actor, you might have seen me as Paramedic Courtney on Chicago Med, the Hot Shot mom, or heard me on various national commercials.

Beyond my work in TV and voice over, I offer custom coaching to get you unstuck and design the life you want! One client described it as therapy without the therapy... more like a great chat with a best friend reminding you who you are and what you dreamed of as a kid!

My friends used to come to me for advice, calling me their coach. I heard, “You should be a life coach,” so many times that it almost felt wrong not to be one. The only problem was, I didn’t know how to make that transition.

I actually sought out a life coach for insecurities I was experiencing in my own acting career. I had been told I wasn’t pretty enough to audition for a specific TV show, and this was the straw that broke the sensitive girl’s back. I didn’t feel talented enough, pretty enough, or skinny enough.

First, she helped me navigate those “pesky” lies I kept telling about my own inadequacy. Then, she mentored me on my other dream – to become a coach like her. Now, I get to help others overcome their limiting beliefs.

I’ve taught and coached at SAG-AFTRA, Actors’ Equity, The Green Room Chicago, Vagabond School of the Arts, The Acting Studio Chicago, The Chicago Acting in Film Meetup Group, Leo Burnett, Lapiz, Artistic Strategies, Creative Social Media, and d'aprile properties. I can be heard on Leigh Foster’s podcast, Action: The Art of Acting Excellence.

As a writer, I’ve been published on and Playback magazine (Sag-Aftra). I’m currently editing my first book, The Whole Artist.

When I don’t have my nose in a book, I’m usually spending time with my funny, adorable husband. We are both fitness enthusiasts, and LOVE to travel and eat delicious food. Friends, family, and my cat, Sammie are top priorities as well.

So many people are waiting to achieve something “out there” before they can be happy. Choose happiness now, and you’ll be more creative and successful because of it.

Oh… and in case you’re wondering? Rioux is pronounced Roo. 😉


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Mandy Work

Client Appreciation Liaison

Hi! I'm Mandy Work, a Chicagoan by way of Danville, Virginia. I have a passion for movement and music. You might often find me dancing, dreaming up new choreography, playing drums, sewing, experimenting in my kitchen, or adventuring with my husband.