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Meet Noel Gibson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Noel Gibson.

Noel, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
My story is like many other dreamers……not normal. In the middle of nowhere, literally nowhere. Faulkton, South Dakota. I am blessed to be raised by two remarkable Grandparents on my mom’s side. Oh, before I forget, they’re white. EVERYONE in my hometown is WHITE, but me. I am mixed Native American (Lakota), black and white.

I was born on Christmas Day, the same day as my Homeboy, Jesus! Quick back story, my mom was 18 and dropped me off in the snowing weather, blizzard. Fun fact mixed babies usually are born pretty light. So when my mom dropped me off at two weeks old, she didn’t mention I was half black. To my grandparent’s surprise, they just thought the Native gene skipped a generation lol. As time went by, it was pretty obvious I was half black. Either way from the day they met me, I was my grandparents everything, seriously love them to death!! Since I could remember, my dream has always been to entertain people by acting, singing, dancing, and whatever I can do to make people happy and feel good. I grew up doing theater, dance, cheerleading, gymnastics, basketball, track and even tackle football (till 8th grade). As I got older I discovered, I always liked making people feel something and honestly, I also like attention too so went hand n hand. I mean who doesn’t right? Lol, oh and did I mention I’m a huge goofball and l defiantly was always the class clown. I would like to say I was friends with everyone, which was pretty easy since only 150 kids in the entire school which was k-12. I was the first race other then white to graduate from my school and also to win most awards given besides the title at Miss Teen South Dakota pageant one year. I won a few awards in Oral interpretation/ Spoken word. Best Actress 2 times in a row for One act plays.

Enough said let’s get to when I get to the big city Hollywood!! Moving to a big city was one thing but to move to Hollywood holy smokes was that a whole new world and I loved it!!! It was incredible seeing all the different cultures, art and holy smokes so many food trucks!! It was exciting and thrilling but sorry to report I’m still a meat eater working on it!! I remember calling my grandma and telling her its epic I finally don’t stand out in pictures anymore!! Being only black person, I stood out hardcore back home but now I blended and if I stood out, it was cause it was my choice and/or my personality, but again my choice. As awesome as LA is, there was some sad parts like the homelessness. Never really seen homeless before till here and it broke my heart. I moved out here with my high school sweetheart Justin Zweber. Very norm to have high school sweetheart from where we from. We were 18 and 19 and ready for new and big things. He is not in the entertainment industry he is a chef and we own a catering company noelZcatering. Yes, he names it after me 😀 Since then, we have been here and I haven’t given up on the dream of entertainment. I have been blessed to be on the Wizards of Waverly Place, The Mindy Project, AwesomnessTV, ABC, Oxygen and many commercials. I am currently on a kid’s show now called The Yippee Show and you can watch it at yippee.tv or on YouTube. Its super fun and I get to be a big kid and do fun crazy challenges and activities with my costar Cameron Gilliam!! It’s been such a blessing God has truly blessed me in so many ways!! My faith is super important to me and I became a born again Christian in 2013 and I have never looked back! Its been the best thing of my life.

Honestly, don’t think I could of gotten through this all without God by my side. I try to stand for the voiceless and during this time its been incredible to see a lot of unity at the protest for BLM. I have been going as much as I can and went non stop first week it all went down with George Floyd. I know the media makes it seem like there’s a lot of destruction and division but truly, I have seen so much unity it’s incredible and so inspiring. I truly see hope on the other side. As for back home, I’m still working on most of them lol pray for them, seriously…… I love that about LA; we can look and come from different areas of the world and still stand together. Before quarantine you could catch me doing comedy podcast with comics reading comics, Spoof Troupe, improv with Gravy Boat, lots of comedy shows at UCB, Pack Theater, Tao, Clubhouse with my amazing all women sketch group WOCA Women of Color Anonymous, seriously some of the most talented women in the world!!!! I am honored to do comedy with them and do life with them all! I also get the blessing of mentoring teen moms weekly at St Anne’s group home for inner-city youth. Man have they changed my life immensely its incredible how strong they are. I work with an organization called Young Lives they are incredible!! My team is remarkable and I have some of the best leaders ever!!

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
No, it has not been a smooth road…..

I can’t help but remember many dark moments of my life as well. Being from South Dakota, there’s a lot of racism. My Grandparents did their best to protect me. Population of 700 small town and not even a stop light in sight. I think they added two more stop signs since I left lol. At times it would feel as if the KKK could be in my backyard at any moment at anytime it would feel like at times, ya know. I’ve been called every word unimaginable to a person of color. I’d go to parties and people would say: “The N-Word is here!” I wanted to be accepted and for my experience to be real to them all, so I would go with it or try to cover up with humor. But it never made me feel better. I have always hoped to be a bridge to our brothers and sisters of all different colors and hope to still be.

Being mixed race here in LA has its blessings and struggles with the industry. I am not black enough, white enough, don’t speak fluent Spanish, talk to white, to ghetto, always something. However, I feel challenges have only helped shaped me to be the women I am today! I know what its like to feel left out, voiceless, powerless and it encourages me to uplift and help those in need. Its one of the reasons why I started Hope Row (skidrow) downtown. I make hygiene kits about 200-400 every few months and give them out. I saw how many people on the streets couldn’t even get their basic needs met and thats not fair. It’s hard out here for anyone. As an artist, I cant have a full-time job cause have to be ready all time for random auditions and gigs. So makes paying rent and bills extremely hard but one year in particular I remember, was a really hard year for me. That year I couldn’t barely afford my basic necessities and thats when I knew I would never want others to feel that way ever.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am an Actor-Comedian-Host-Writer extraordinaire! Also, honestly slash anything that will pay my bills lol. They say this is the city of slash jobs that is no joke. Need a bartender, server, coordinator, producer, dog walker I got you, delivery person got you hahaha. I did go to school for cosmetology, I don’t purse it. Own a catering company called noelZcatering

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
Jesus Christ My Lord and Savior and honestly, he has helped me with everything! My grandma and grandpa have been my biggest supporters all my life on earth. My grandma is my best friend!! Their names are Marvel and Gary Hustead. Justin Zweber, my little sister Christy thanks for always being my biggest fan, my epic sketch troupe WOCA, YoungLives Downtown, Courtney Shane and Mastermind Group and all my friends out here seriously; thank you all for being amazing and supportive!!

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Bellamy saville photography for my main photo

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