Pamela was born in Detroit, Michigan and grew up in the Metropolitan area. She was diagnosed with juvenile macular degeneration at age 14, and began pursuing a career in acting just out of high school. She honed her chops as a triple threat at Wayne State University. Pamela went on to get her MFA in Acting from Rutgers University, studying under renowned Meisner teachers, Maggie Flanigan and William Esper. Pamela is visually impaired.