Today we’d like to introduce you to Nicole Danielle Watts.
So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I have been a creative since birth. I was the little girl singing into my hairbrush in the mirror and always performing with my cousins at family gatherings. My mother enrolled me in a community-based art school in Philadelphia, PA when I was 12 years old called Freedom Theatre. That is where the real magic started. I learned to love myself; my brown skin, my God-given talents and attributes and I fell in love with the stage.
I have been in over 100 stage plays and musicals in my lifetime from Master Street Theatre on Broad Street in Philadelphia to The Kennedy Center in Washington DC to The Hudson Theatre on the famous Theatre Row in Hollywood. I have also, through the grace of God raised four amazing children and maintained a gifted 25 years career as a Psychotherapist and Clinical Manager. When I relocated to Los Angeles on 2016, it was the reclamation of a lifelong passion that led me. I wanted to be able to say that I had fully actualized my creative potential AND my ability to create a legacy for my children. It has been a long tumultuous four years but I have no regrets. I am writing these words from a hotel room in Roanoke, VA where I am being lodged for a feature film shoot….my very first Lead role in a major network film! I have a long road ahead but I am so blessed and proud to be a child of God with so many loved ones; friends, family members, colleagues, Soror sisters and classmates encouraging me and lifting me up.
Great, 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?
The biggest struggles in my life were learning to love myself and learning to depend on myself and God alone. They were huge mountains to climb and I feel that I am finally standing at the top where I can clearly view all of my mistakes, mishaps and misfortunes. Relocating to LA saved me. It broke me. It pushed me and I will never be the same because of it.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
My brand is my company. Nicole Danielle Watts, The Actress. I learned from Allen Levin, Risa Bramon Garcia, Mike Pointer, Saundra Pointer Thomas and Brian Daye most specifically how to fully embrace and honor my giftings. I have learned how to protect myself and how to create healthy energy, images and boundaries to allow my art to speak loudly and unapologetically. I am on this journey to create and to serve as light in the dark spaces of this world and I plan to be used for that mission until the day that I die.
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
My favorite memory from childhood is being given the honor of best actress at the Bucks County Playhouse Drama competition in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. I was in the eighth grade. I played the character Grace in the musical Annie along with other talented students from Elkins Park middle school. I was one of only a handful of African-American students participating in this regional festival and to be acknowledged in that manner was only unprecedented but quite unexpected. When they called my name I cried. I was completely caught off guard. That was the day that I really begin to believe in my talent as an artist.
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