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Meet Nicole Foti of Gigi the Waitress in Studio City

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nicole Foti.

Nicole, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I had been in Los Angeles for a few years pursuing acting and waitressing on the side to make ends meet. I have worked in some very interesting restaurants in Los Angeles and have dealt with bizarre behavior from people. Everything from a man threatening to punch me when I was a shot girl because I asked him if he wanted to buy a shot, to people flat out walking out on their bills and the restaurant making me pay for it. Needless to say, this is not what I had hoped for when moving to Los Angeles.

I have always enjoyed doing comedy and decided that enough is enough and I needed to start making use of all my weird experiences in restaurants. I made a decision to focus on comedy and created my comedic vlog, Gigi the Waitress to shed light on issues in restaurants in a funny way. It’s helped me a lot and is also a fun project I get to work on and it’s completely in my control.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It has definitely not been smooth. It’s hard to build an audience and sometimes you feel like you are creating content into a void. However, it is something I love to do and reminding myself of that helped me to keep going.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Gigi the Waitress story. Tell us more about the business.
I create comedic videos for YouTube. I’m proud of the unique perspective and character I have created. A lot of videos on YouTube regarding restaurant life are often very negative and are people complaining about bad tips etc. I wanted to take a more comedic approach and make my videos more satirical so I could still get my message across but make people laugh as well.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I had a string of bad luck for a while a few years back. The restaurant I was working at closed and I had a really hard time finding another restaurant job during that period of time. However, with the extra time that is when I created this series and I may have not had the time or motivation to do so without that setback.

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