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Meet Nina Umpierrez

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nina Umpierrez.

Nina, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I’ve been dancing professionally since the age of 12, where I started out doing small theater productions and local fashion shows. When I graduated High School I decided to move to the city (Copenhagen, Denmark) so I could pursue dancing. After a few years of taking classes and studying with Danish choreographer Sarah Gaardbo, I started to get work with PIVOT Dance Company. They booked me for many different kinds of jobs within show business.

I did commercials, fashion shows, photo shoots, music videos, award shows and other performances. I always knew that I wanted to perform, there was never a doubt in my mind. So after taking a little break from dancing, where I traveled and moved to first Italy and then later Spain, I decided I wanted to pursue acting. And that’s what brought me to LA! I’m currently studying The Meisner Technique at The Sanford Meisner Center and going out to auditions and living out my dream!

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 by all means NOT been a smooth road. Following your dreams comes with a lot of sacrifices, but so does everything, right? I’m very close to my family, so being so far away is difficult, by I’m blessed to have their support and their encouragement when I’m having my bad days.

The choices I’ve made are all leading me closer to my goal so that’s what I chose to focus on when I’m going through my rough patches. I also feel really blessed that everything I go through in my personal life, whether it’s good or bad, can all be used in my art. Not everyone has that luxury and I never take that for granted.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Nina Umpierrez story. Tell us more about the business.
My main focus at the moment is acting. I’ve done several commercials and short films etc. and I’m working hard towards more. I’ve been lucky to sign with my agent Lisa, who has been working hard to get me sent out. Since I moved to LA I’ve met a lot of really cool people and a lot of photographers who wanted to meet up and shoot with me, so I’ve done more modeling then I initially had expected!

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
It’s hard to say, I’m a true believer in the fact that we make our own luck. I chose to leave everything behind and move out here, I chose to get up every morning and self-submit, I chose to look for an agent and I’m choosing to study.

So yes sometimes you are lucky and you run into certain people who will help you out, but mostly you create those opportunities yourself and put yourself in the right place at the right time. I honestly think that your attitude and your work ethic means has much more to do with your success than luck. Figure out what you want, and work for it. That’s all.

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Canahtam (Can Ahtam), (OZ) and tripmercer (William Mercer)

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