We had the good fortune of connecting with Nicole Appleby and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nicole, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Taking risks is everything! When I was first starting out, I went to an audition, and when I got there, it was a bunch of ten-foot-tall Swedish models. I was like… uh oh. But I overheard that the next day they were seeing girls to play “country hicks.” Of course, I had no way to get onto the studio lot. Rejected and depressed, a really kind woman who worked in the commissary took pity on me. We started chatting, and she gave me her phone number and signed me onto the lot the next day. I went to the casting call, booked it, and that’s how I got my SAG card. If I hadn’t taken that risk, who knows?
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I always wanted to be an actor. I went on a few auditions as a kid, and then my little sister started getting car-sick, and I decided it was more fun to play outside. I always did the school plays, and I did the community college musicals in High School. I had a few significant health issues, so I didn’t act professionally until much later. Something has begun to “click” in the last three years, which has led to wonderful opportunities acting with Jim Carrey in Kidding on Showtime and roles on the shows Lucifer, SWAT, and Dear White People. I may be on the cutting room floor of a few others. I’ve always loved to write, and my play, “Honestly OK- the semi-true story of a girl and her shoes,” based on my life and co-written with Lauren Stone, has been seen throughout the US and in Canada. I have several other pieces written; however, the work I am most proud of is my crime-drama screenplay, “When They Looked Away .” I am currently looking for literary representation for that piece.
The most challenging thing I have encountered as an actor and a writer is “the how.” How do you get your work in front of people? How do you get anyone to take notice in the most crowded of fields? How do you get [insert type here] representation?
I am attempting to create the best work possible and be more than ready when an opportunity arises. I find that’s usually when the answers to the “how” questions come.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
LA has the best food, so I’d probably take someone on a whirlwind food tour… Breakfast- Penny’s for their breakfast burrito, or Kitchen Mouse for Vegan Eggs Benedict.
Lunch- The Heights Deli and Bottle Shop for a sandwich, or Al and Bea’s for a bean and cheese burrito (cash only.)
Dinner- Eagle Rock Kitchen for Filipino food or Sushi Enya for… sushi.
Desserts – Little Tokyo for charcoal ice cream at Bae or Peanut Butter Mochi at the Marukai Market
Midnight donuts at California Donuts.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I owe a lot of my artistic shaping to the folks at The Blank Theatre Company. As a writer, I had plays featured in their Living Room Series, and as a director, I was incredibly fortunate to really get my feet wet within the company. I met a wonderful mentor there, and most importantly, The Blank is where I met my partner in life who not only inspires me with her talent and creativity, but encourages me to take risks and be a better person everyday. I also have to thank my manager at Meridian Talent, Joseph Ruggieri, who is so supportive, kind, and hard-working.