Today we’d like to introduce you to Nicoletta Nomicou.
Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
Since I was five years old, I remember watching my mother play the piano. Whenever she would stop, I’d sit in front of this instrument and start reproducing what I heard by ear. The moment I realized I had that ability, I couldn’t stop playing. She would often play this one piece that I loved and I asked who the composer was. To my surprise, her answer was “me”. I was so young that I didn’t know that people could compose! After that day, I started composing my own piano pieces and performing for audiences. Composing has always been the best way of expressing myself and my emotions, and I consider it a part of my identity. I also have a huge passion for film, so the moment I got accepted to Berklee College of Music in Boston and discovered that they offered a major in Film Scoring, I knew that it was the right path for me. In 2016, I left Greece, my home country, and moved to Boston to follow my dream of become a Film Composer. In addition to Film Scoring, I majored in Contemporary Writing and Production and minored in Video Game Scoring.
During my time at Berklee, I got the chance to study and learn so much with Emmy and Grammy award-winning composers. I was the recipient of the highest Film Scoring Scholarship, founded in memory of the Oscar-winning composer George Delerue, and received one of the highest scholarships of my second major. I was also truly honored to win the 2020 Processional Composition Competition and compose Berklee’s Graduation March “Walk of Pride”. Upon graduation, I got an internship with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and was one of the 74 students worldwide that was selected to do their Academy Gold program. Thanks to this amazing opportunity, I expanded my network and met some wonderful people. I’m currently living in Los Angeles, pursuing my master’s degree in Screen Scoring at USC Thornton School of Music. I am also scoring Short Films and orchestrating a Video Game for a 55-piece Orchestra which I am going to conduct this summer. I worked on a feature film as a Sound Designer and wrote the music for the main credits. I’m so grateful for all the people I have met and are part of my life, and cannot wait to see where this journey takes me.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I’m extremely lucky to have such a supportive and loving mother and sister. Since I can remember, they’ve been supporting me each step along the way. They have so much faith in me, which helps me push through my doubts. Has it been a smooth road? Well, we all face obstacles and challenges along the way, but I cannot imagine how my journey would have been if I didn’t have the support of these incredible women. The summer before my senior year of high school, I had a very serious brain surgery. My doctors speculated I would have to stay in the hospital for half a year and told me to forget about graduating or going to College, but I was not going to let that stop me. During my recovery, I kept studying music for as long as I could and managed to stay in the hospital for only a month. The following six months were tough. I couldn’t think clearly or function as I used to; if I studied for more than 30 minutes I would get headaches and I would find myself forgetting things all the time. I decided to go to school for a couple of hours everyday to help me feel “normal” again, but I kept feeling that everyone was excelling while I was staying behind. The hardest thing was hearing all my professors tell me to take the year off and stop coming to school.
When you’re facing many difficulties, and on top of that, everyone around you keeps reminding you of your situation, it’s easy to get disheartened. But I wasn’t going to let that prevent me from pursuing my goals. After six months, my headaches were not as severe, and I was able to think properly and start studying again. I managed to graduate on time with distinction, earn my diplomas in classical piano and music theory, and get accepted to Berklee College of Music. Living on the other side of the world and not being able to visit my family is a big sacrifice, but thankfully I’m able to see them virtually and talk to them every day. Unfortunately Greece does not have a big Film industry, so staying home was not an option for me. The moment you tell people you are a musician, they look at you funny. But again thanks to my family, this didn’t stop me from pursuing what I love. Being here in LA, surrounded by talented and passionate people, inspires me to be a better version of myself and reminds me that there are so many things to learn. I believe that my journey has made me so much stronger, not only as a person, but also as a composer.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am a composer for Film and Video Games. I also really enjoy working as an orchestrator, pianist, and songwriter. In addition to my studies, I’m working on multiple films and a video game at the moment. I’m really excited to share them with everyone once they’re released! I’m currently finishing my first piano with orchestra instrumental album, and on December 4th 2020, I released my first instrumental single, Infinity, on all music platforms! I’ve been composing from such a young age that music is really the best way for me to translate my emotions. That is why I love writing music for film; trying to understand how a character feels and writing the appropriate piece of music to match the picture fascinates me. From a young age, I would accompany my sister at the piano or write songs for her to sing – she has an amazing voice. Writing pop songs has helped me a lot in coming up quickly with lyrical melodies. Growing up in a house with my mother singing opera, my sister singing pop songs, and studying classical piano, I was exposed to a broad genre of music that has helped me develop a wide musical vocabulary and shape a strong compositional voice. As a composer, I’m partial to writing minimalistic music with lyrical, beautiful melodies or orchestral pieces. I like taking a small idea and expanding it. My writing is very emotional as it comes from my heart. I don’t write to write, but rather, because I have to. Each piece that I compose takes me through an emotional journey and helps me understand more things about myself.
Do you have any advice for those looking to network or find a mentor?
It’s funny how especially when it comes to Film Scoring, everyone’s advice will be to Network. And yes, it is true, as at the end of the day, this industry is very small. I believe that the best thing one can do is be genuine and honest. Approach people because you want to meet them, hear their stories and learn from them, not just because you want to find your next job. If you are starting out, let them know. People in this industry are very nice and had to face many challenges to end up where they are now, so they understand. If you are honest with them, they will most likely be willing to help you succeed. Don’t be scared to reach out to people – I think it’s better to send a “cold email” and not get a response, rather than wondering what would have happened. My second piece of advice would be to do it now! There is no such thing as the perfect moment. If you admire someone’s work, let them know. Write your email, make sure it doesn’t have spelling errors, and send it now! Don’t wait! I personally love networking. Talking to people that I admire and listening to their stories inspires me. Whenever I discover an artist that I admire, I reach out to them, even if we don’t have any mutual friends. I am extremely grateful to my professors at Berklee College of Music but also the Academy Gold program for pairing me with an exceptional mentor who is so generous to share his knowledge, offer guidance, and answer my questions. I think it’s really important to have someone who can help you find out what is your “next step”.
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