1. What do you do in the film & entertainment industry?
I am an actress, commercial print model, director, andproducer.
2. How would you describe what you do?
My rewarding career involves plenty of behind-the-scenes work.Researching roles, scripts and character development is only part of the equation. Attending production meetings and booked auditions and jobs, as well as creating with other artists on projects is exciting and satisfying.
3. What does your work entail?
My work and projects entail a lot of reading, research and breaking down scripts.
4. What is a typical work week like?
A typical week for me involves confirming any castings/bookings my agent has sent me, attending production meetings on projects I am currently working on, and either going to auditions or making taped auditions.
5. How did you get started?
I had just “retired” from teaching to be a stay-at-home mom again. The Columbine shootings had just occurred and I felt it was important to be at home again with my children. During a Bunko game, a couple of my friends in the industry said I needed a career change. Stating that I had a “great commercial look,” they encouraged me to look into the modeling/film/TV industry and seek an agent. So, I signed with an agent and was booked on Walker, TX Ranger and the feature film Serving Sara. I was hooked! I loved being on the set and being part of the inner workings of making movie magic. Most of all, I loved meeting some of the best people in the industry and I’m happy to say I’m still friends with all of them.
6. What do you like about what you do?
I love the creativity of it all. As an actress, being able to break down a character and create my own interpretation of that character is appealing. It’s a chance to be someone else and just let it all go. As a director/producer, the best part is seeing the process of what is on paper come alive – essentially, creating the scene you envisioned to fruition. I love having a “film family,” especially when you have a group of individuals that work well together and all have the same goal in mind of creating and telling a wonderful story. The phrase, “it takes a village” is truth beyond words.
7. What do you dislike?
Many people consider what I do to be a frivolous career choice. It’s quite the opposite. This job requires a lot of time, hard work, and focused effort to make things happen. Whether it’s in front or behind the camera, it’s a gratifying experience to be able to do what I am passionate about and love.
8. What skills are needed to do your job?
Tenacious focus, determination, perseverance, organization, and the ability to defer to others’ skilled talents in certain areas is key to success in this industry.
9. What is the most challenging about what you do?
As an actress, the most challenging process is the auditions.Being in this industry is, to be honest, brutal. You have to have self-confidence and a thick skin because you will hear more NOs than you will YESs. The majority of the time, the NOs aren’t personal, but it can be difficult not to take it personally. The best way to look at it is to do the best you can absolutely do, and move on to the next audition. As a director, the most challenging aspect for me is having a cohesive, strong team that you trust. If you have a great team, you will produce a great product.
10. What is the most rewarding of what you do?
Seeing the finished product of a project that I have worked so hard on become something both my team and I are proud of, is always rewarding.
11. What advice would you offer someone considering this career?
Being is this industry requires a lot of hard work, constant training, thick skin, and a great deal of passion. If your goal is to make a career of this, you need to be responsible and professional. When your agent/manager gets that audition or booking for you, confirm in an appropriate time frame (like ASAP,) and show up on time!
12. Do you have a talent Agent or Manager?
Yes, I am represented by the Linda McAlister Talent Agency and Landrum Arts, LA.
13. What projects do you have coming up and/or what are you currently working on?
I have a few exciting projects in the works that will soon be made public. Current projects: My short film project, Made With Love, is completing its festival tour, garnering awards and nominations. This is my second award-winning film to direct and produce. My co-producers, John Pinder (my
partner in Nickel Road Productions) and Tricia Woodgett of TigerEye Films, and I have a TV series currently being pitched to two major networks, and a feature film being pitched to a major production house. Future projects: I’m looking at two shorts that I would be directing, as well as a feature film in development that I’m being considered for as a director. I’ll also be part of the team that will start production/principle photography in early 2019. And then there is the exciting new Vice Squad franchise currently in pre- production, where I will be portraying Strike Team Member, Jordan Peters. I’m very excited to get started on this project, slated to start production in 2019. There’s so many exciting things to come in the next few months and for 2019.
14. What else would you like people to know about your career?
This career requires passion, dedication and professionalism on all levels.
15. What is a common misconception people have about what you do?
People think this job is easy. It’s not. They only see the glamour and accolades, never considering how much dedicated work is behind all that.
16. What philanthropic or charitable organizations are you passionate about and why?
Diabetes runs in my family.
Almost every relative on my mothers’ side of the family has diabetes or it was a considerable factor in their death. I’m borderline diabetic, as well. Type 2 diabetes is becoming more prevalent due to our diets. It’s important to instill heathy eating habits at a young age because anyone can develop the Type 2 disease while not necessarily inheriting it. It’s important to note that being overweight is NOT the only way to become diabetic. The American Diabetes Association is a wonderful organization that will give you correct information and how you can prevent the disease and its complications.
Rosa Nichols: https://www.facebook.com/rosa.nichols.391
Mystisa Films: https://www.facebook.com/MystisaFilms/
Vice Squad: https://www.facebook.com/vicesquadfranchise/
Text: Saif Rahman Sozib