We had the good fortune of connecting with Halie Nicola and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Halie, let’s start by talking about what inspires you?
What I am inspired by does not come in a tangible form but more so an act of doing something. I have always been the kind of person who feeds off of the energy around me, even before “good energy and vibes” were a cool, mainstream thing. I am lit up by the process and outcome of creating joy for myself and the people around me. So to sum it all up, joy inspires me.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Being completely honest, I have been blessed with the idea that I can achieve anything I put my mind to at an early age in my life. because of the confidence I had in myself and the determination to never fail. The adults, friends, instructors, teachers, teammates and cast-mates that I surrounded myself with made me believe that I was great at what I did, along with the intense passion which easily fueled me. When you’re a big fish in a little pond, these ideas are quite easy to achieve but when you’re a fish in a BIG pond like NYC, everyone is a really big fish too, and your pretty little fins can dull in the blink of an eye. Learning and (still) processing this the hard way led me to grow up in a vast way at 19 years old, with just about every tragic, movie-like circumstance happen to me that you could think of. I basked in the idea that the only way you “fail” is if you truly give up and that you are never alone. I am constantly falling in love with the person that I am becoming and saying “yes” to being an individual and encouraging others to do the same! Being a light to others keeps your own light shining, baby!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Okay I will just jump right into the perfect Saturday in NYC :
Wake up at which ever time in the morning that you’d like to (no later than noon obvi) because the city never sleeps so you bet you can and head to one of the cities finest boutique fitness classes: my favorite is “Hit-House” in Nolita. After you sweat, kicked and punched out all your frustrations take a quick walk to the yummiest fast-casual eats (mainly vegan) called Charley St, the cutest (and quite healthy), Aussie owned spot with the best hospitality and matcha latte.
Now you’re going to be sweaty so its time to shower, change and get your cute on to bop around the city, maybe shopping in soho (don’t you dare go to 5th ave and spend all of your money on an expensive jacket or bag you just “had to have” because you’re in NYC), hitting up small boutiques, sample sales and zara. Now your feet hurt so its time for a (drink) break and a small bite at “Rin tin tin” on Spring Street and you order the Zucchini Chips and a glass of Rosé and laugh about the wild things that happened throughout the day.
About this time you get a bit antsy so its time to play a couple games and drink a can of beer at “Fat Cat” in the West Village to kill some time before your dinner reservation at “Fiat Cafe” or “Cottena”, the most intimate and delicious authentic italian food in the city. Next, you catch a comedy show at “The Stand” or the best broadway show at the time that you snagged cheap tickets to at the Box Office early that morning or at the TKTS booth under the red stairs in TMSQ (definitely ask your actor friends for this one). Wrapping up the night with a delicious cocktail at a speakeasy “The Garrett” where you have to walk through the five guys below it and up the stairs to get there. Finally you finish off the evening at “Arthurs” just next door for some live jazz music, but don’t forget- it’s cash only!
….you asked for it! The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Being an artist of many different forms can be a difficult thing to understand. My mind is not made of simplicities, my ideas change day to day and the creative process sometimes only makes sense in my brain alone. Having a partner with this kind of mindset can drive the “average man” crazy, but not mine and for this I am beyond grateful. My fiance, Dave and I have truly been through the ringer in the early stages of our engagement as many couples have during this pandemic but not once was there a moment that he did not believe in me and my path. He pushed me (sometimes to my peak) to heights I had no idea I could reach, made my business and my life so much easier and continues to go out of his way to grasp the ins and outs of my thoughts. I am so grateful for his positivity, his love and his ability to throw out a net, allow me to jump yet also be there to catch me!
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