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Life & Work with Nicolas Hospitael

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nicolas Hospitael.

Hi Nicolas, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
I am a French actor who moved to Los Angeles in October 2018. Originally, I am from a business background. Yeah, I know it’s a completely different domain. Well, I do believe I am not the only one out there, and I hope my story can resonate with yours.

After I received my master’s degree in International Business Management, I went through life coaching as I wasn’t sure of my future. It wasn’t a midlife crisis, but more of an uncertain path I was following. It didn’t take long until I got the “Click”. From that breakthrough moment, I decided to let myself dream and dare to live to a higher potential. I then discovered acting for the first time. It was such a revelation, I genuinely fell in love with the craft and lifestyle it brought me. Therefore, I did everything I could to live up to that potential.

I had to start from scratch and take acting lessons at 25 years old. Yeah, I know, it’s young, but guess what? It doesn’t matter when you start. I have met new actors starting in the industry very much later. Here was the first lesson that I have learned: “The only thing that matter is your own path; don’t envy or judge someone else’s path because you don’t know his story.” Yes, I have just learned to be humble and grateful for my path. It was one example of the multitude of beautiful things I would learn through this “acting” adventure.

I want people to know that just because you have chosen a path that doesn’t suit you anymore, doesn’t mean you can’t do something else. You CAN always start a new story in your life. Don’t be stuck and settle for a life you don’t want anymore just because society wants you to do so. It is ok to dare to dream and try. No matter where you are in life in your 20s, 40s, or even 60s. I’d say that my strongest asset would be that I always try to stay positive and be nice to everybody and I’ve heard it is essential in this industry.

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 have a particular relationship with challenges. My childhood was very competitive whether with my big brother or my friends. I used to play soccer in clubs for almost 15years and participated in many competitions. The life of an actor is not the easiest one, it is full of obstacles and challenges. However, I see challenges as a part of the growing process in life. I actually remember one of my teachers saying that “if it scares you, do it. You’ll only end up stronger after this.”

One of the biggest struggles/challenges I faced here in LA is to stand out as a young and foreign actor, as opposed to local American actors. Even though I get complimented on my french accent for the most part, mostly, it doesn’t help me get the gig. But you know what, I tell myself that I have to work three times more than an American actor, therefore, every day, I work on my accent so that ultimately, I can do parts with and without an accent.

There is another obstacle I face as an international actor that is more administrative. When I first came to LA, I was on a student visa so I couldn’t do more acting unless it was for student projects. The challenge was to work on many of these unpaid projects and build up a portfolio. Even now, I still struggle with visa issues. It is not an easy road for an international actor to thrive in LA, but the “harder the path is the better the reward”. It is what I tell myself to keep moving forward.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I am an actor/model. I specialize in film cinema. I have a trained in France and Los Angeles with great schools and coaches. I believe that this International training is a strength. I have performed in many student films and short films here in LA and Paris. I recently started dancing classes as well in order to diversify my skills.

We’d love to hear about any fond memories you have from when you were growing up?
It is hard to pinpoint a specific favorite childhood memory. I would say that my favorite moments were whenever I had some type of family gathering. I have a pretty big family, so these events were always crowded with children. We would then all gather and play games and just fool around. We had to be creative because at the time we didn’t have all the technological tools that children have nowadays. We had to invent games on the spot. I remember just playing with rocks in the hallway all night and seeing who could toss them the closest to the wall. It was so much fun. I always waited or expected these family gatherings.

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