Today we’d like to introduce you to Jessica Nicole Higgins.
Jessica Nicole, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I grew up in a small city in Louisiana, but I’ve always had a deep knowing that I was going to pick up my roots, venture out, and grow life in a big city. I knew from the moment I visited L.A. that this was the place where I would cultivate my gifts. I also quickly fell in love with this beautiful state.
I’m a creative soul and I’ve always been in the arts. My big brother and I used to put on plays and reenact our favorite television shows in our living room when we were little. Also, my parents were great at putting us in different activities and seeing which ones clicked.
I started out dancing in pre-school, kept it going through schooling, competed, and choreographed here and there until college. Dance was a huge part of my life. My first poem was published while I was still in elementary school, I dabbled in singing for a bit, and then really found some magic in acting while in high school. Before my senior year, I competed in and won a national acting competition while performing a piece I wrote, and it was one of those moments when I knew for sure that I was on the right path. That this big, whole crazy adventure was meant for me.
I graduated from Louisiana State University (Geaux Tigers) with a degree in Theatre Performance. During those years I found a community — a community of people like me. College and theater were the greatest times of my life and really helped to shape who I am as a person and a creator.
I moved to L.A. a little less than a year after I graduated from college. I’ve gone on to write numerous screenplays, continue my acting, and direct short content. I’ve written for a few publications, including my own blog, and I’ve worked in production on more than 500 episodes of television. I’m most definitely a multi-hyphenate. Creating is a part of who I am and it’s my hope that I’m able to continue to create as much and as often as I can.
I’m a performer at heart, a multi-hyphenate by nature, and a writer in my soul. When I’m not on set or writing, I enjoy traveling. I seek to find the magic in each day and live a life with intention — which led me to writing and publishing my first book, THE MAGIC THAT IS LIFE: Poetry, Prose + Inspiration, that was released in July!
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I come from a theatre and comedy background, and performing will always be a first love and a part of my journey. There’s very little quite as magical as standing in front of an audience or in front of a camera, opposite a great actor in a scene. But I’d love to talk more about me as a writer and filmmaker.
The entertainment industry is definitely a rollercoaster ride. Right now, we’re seeing some beautiful changes on screen. More women who look like me are getting more opportunities in front of the camera. As a filmmaker, I aspire to help change the scene behind the camera a bit more as well.
I strive to create character-driven content, with women at the center, that resonates with all types of people and cultures. I’m extremely interested in people and why they are the way they are — psychology weaves in and out of my writing often. Also, as mentioned, I come from a comedy background and I tend to write in that space too. I also have a desire to help move the needle a bit more for women of color filmmakers from all walks of life. I have directed small, short content and my hopes is to move into features and series directing, if possible.
As far as my writing, I’m a writer in my soul. If there’s absolutely one thing I know for sure, it’s words and writing. I learned about screenwriting while in college and I’ve been writing in that format ever since. I absolutely love to write. To take an idea and transform it into a story and create another world from that, is an incredible experience.
My new book, The Magic That is Life, is a poetry, prose + inspiration collection about the journey of expansion and discovery. Within this industry and in life in general, there are ups and downs and I’ve learned quite a bit (and I’m still learning) through it all. Writing this book has helped me see things clearer, move forward, and to really take ahold of my life. I hope it resonates with others and gives them the courage to see the magic all around them and step forward, toward their true purpose in life.
What do you know now that you wished you had learned earlier?
If there’s any advice I have for other artists, it’s the advice I continue to use today — the wall is only there because you allow it to be there. Meaning, the only thing standing in your way of creation, is you. You have the tools you need already inside of you, it’s just a matter of accessing them and being brave and disciplined enough to do what it takes to make things happen.
I used to give too much power to others, as far as being in control of my life. Once I learned and decided to accept the fact that I’m well equipped to create and make things happen for myself and those around me, then I was able to fully step up and grab ahold of my path and, essentially, my life. This goes for every aspect of life, not just for creating. And I’m a woman of faith. Faith moves mountains.
Also, keep at it and do you. If there’s a gift you have, know that it’s yours for a reason. Only you can do that thing, the way you do it. Be brave, keep going, and do you.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
My book is for sale in the eBook/kindle and paperback formats on Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Magic-That-Life-Poetry-Inspiration/dp/0578538792/), Apple Books (https://books.apple.com/us/book/the-magic-that-is-life/id1471494606), and Barnes and Noble online (https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-magic-that-is-life-jessica-higgins/1132549070).
Please reach out and let’s connect!
- Website: http://www.thehappykind.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/thehappykind
- Twitter: www.twitter.com/thehappykind
- Other: imdb.me/jessicanicolehiggins