We had the good fortune of connecting with Nicole Ruth Starrett and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nicole Ruth, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
The most important factor in my success is belief in self. I capitalize the S there because when a tough situation arises, there are a ton of resistance both externally and internally that tell me to quit. And that’s my little self… ego… my fear. And if I listen to those messages, I definitely will fail. But there is a greater part, the “big S” Self, the part that is connected with others, and the whole, that knows to stay the course, and put one foot in front of the other — believing. Because the net *truly* always does appear. So now, when I feel the fear or the obstacle of the little self, I realize that’s really the sign to take the leap!
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.
As a kid, I always wanted to be Angela Lansbury. Call me crazy, but Mrs. Potts, Murder She Wrote, and Auntie Mame — the “old lady” roles — they always called to me. As an actor, I’ve been working professionally in the entertainment industry since 2010, when I graduated from Circle in the Square Theatre School in NYC. After working off-Broadway for a couple years, I started to realize that the people playing “my roles” were all film and tv stars… that you had to be a “name” to really get the juicy roles in New York. But Los Angeles had never been a part of my ideal playbook. Frankly, as a native East Coaster, LA scared the sh*t out of me. (So many New Yorkers have a real hate on for this town! All I could picture was women with oversized breast implants crawling out of the LaBrea Tar Pits for some reason…) But by that point, I knew enough to realize that that fear was an excellent marker for needing to do something. And that if I didn’t go, I’d always wonder about it for the rest of my life. So: with no job and no apartment secured (my parents were thrilled, lemme tell ya), I packed up my Mitsubishi during Hurricane Sandy (literally left that night in 2012), and drove out West. Needless to say, LA was not the tar pit full of implants I’d imagined. Is it tough as they say? Yes. Is it a long road? Yup. Is it really all about who you know? Definitely. But… it’s also full magic. The film people I’ve found out here are time-traveling creatives, with boundless imaginations, and usually ready to do the work to make ideas come to life, and find the funds to make that happen! Now, almost ten years later, having co-founded my own production company (JUBILEE PRODUCTIONS) and worked on plenty of tv and feature films, I still have the goal of making it back home to Broadway to play the old lady roles eventually, and I see now that the twists and turns are all part of that path. For now, I am enjoying the company of my collaborators and clients, both old and new, as we all forge our way into this colorful, creative industry’s future together!
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?
First thing for sure: we’d get high… in elevation! We’d grab Chagaccinos (cappucinos with mushrooms — theyre an instant mood boost) at the Bourgeoise Pig on Franklin, and I’d take them up Bronson Canyon on a hike with my dog, to show them the Bat Caves (where Indiana Jones, The Dark Knight and Palm Springs were filmed!) and give them a lay of the land…with a peek at the Hollywood sign. LA is really hard to like, get a your bearings on location wise, so I always try and give folks an overview first before descending into the madness. Then I’d say a trip down through WeHo, and I heard Rocco’s is open now, so grabbing a bite for Drag Brunch to see my girl Butter (@spreadingbutter) would be a must. A trip out to Malibu for the sunset at Matador Beach would be the perfect end to the day. I’d also make sure that we did a day in DTLA with Happy Hour at the Broken Shaker on top of the Freehand hotel, and check out the Last Bookstore’s amazing literary/art collection. Lunch would be sushi in Little Tokyo and mochi at historic (and delicious) Fugetsu-Do. When Museums are fully open, I love JANM (The Japanese American National Museum) and of course the Getty is a must. Finally, if possible, I’d take em to a movie at the Arclight cinemas in Hollywood. There’s nothing like the ushers giving an intro to a movie in the historic Cinemarama dome!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to shoutout Judy Kalinowski, my high school physics teacher. She encouraged me to audition for the school musical, even though I was a “band geek”, not a “theater kid”, and had no intentions of doing so. But she kept asking me if I’d do it. I guess she saw something that even I couldn’t see. I ended up playing the female lead. Because of her, standing on stage during our closing night, giving my energy to my community of friends and family and receiving their love back in this kind of endless loop of energy — that’s when I knew why I was alive. I owe her everything. Thanks Mrs. K!
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Magazine Image Credit : Jay Holben, (American Cinematographer Magazine)