We had the good fortune of connecting with Nicole Blessing and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nicole, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Acting is all about taking risks. It’s played a huge part in my life and career. Everything I’ve done has been a measured risk. There are a lot of ups and downs in a career in the arts. Nothing is ever a sure thing. You have to constantly approach risk at multiple levels. For instance, I’m currently developing a film which is a huge, long term risk, tying up all kinds of resources for an indeterminate time. I also perform standup, which is more of an immediate risk whenever you get in front of a new crowd. But it can have more expeditious results: I recently had the opportunity to perform in the Laugh Riot Grrrl Comedy Festival and the Burbank Comedy Festival.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Dedication and tenacity set me apart. Growing up in the Midwest, persistence is ingrained at an early age. It sounds cliched, but it’s true. I didn’t start out acting. I didn’t have a supportive family, and my parents were very against it. I had to accept early on that they would never encourage my career choices. When I decided to pursue acting as a vocation and not a hobby, it was a difficult transition. I credit former SAG Vice President Lev Mailer, who recently passed away, for pushing me in the right direction. It wasn’t easy, but it was vital to proceed. Fortunately, I now have supportive people in my life. I’ve learned that sometimes, no matter how hard you try, things don’t work out and you have to pivot. Not everyone has the same level of dedication that I do, so I take that into consideration with every project. I try to surround myself with like-minded people that have a similar work ethic. I take every project in which I’m involved very seriously.
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?
It just so happens that I have some friends visiting in the fall from the midwest. If the timing’s right, we’ll definitely hit the Rose Bowl Flea Market. But we’ll also want to experience some refined culture, so the Getty Center is a must. There’s such a wealth of galleries and museums, here, it will be hard to choose. LACMA, the California Science Center, the Natural History Museum, the Riverside Art Museum, the Huntington, Skirball Cultural Center, Griffith Observatory… the possibilities are endless. Of course we’ll also go to the ocean — it’s the freakin’ ocean! While we’re by the freakin’ ocean, we’ll grab lobster rolls at Broad Street Oyster Company and do a wine tasting at Strange Family Vineyards Malibu Tasting Room. At some point, we’ll certainly go to Hollywood, so a stop at Yamashiro is mandatory.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Shoutout to Ted Gavarkavitch and Mary Bold of Ragtag Pictures, LLC. I’ve been working with them on shooting my feature. It’s a pretty common story here in LA: you have an audacious idea, but not the means to produce it without ceding an uncomfortable degree of creative control. If you see yourself in this situation, seek out Ted and Mary, and they’ll make it work.