An insightful interview with the talented Miss Nichola Fynn.
How and when did you first get into performing?
Apparently when I was 2 years old I watched the film Grease five times a day (no exaggeration) so my family decided to put this into good use and introduce me to dance classes. I continued to do so, but when I was a teenager I liked acting and singing also, so I started going to a local amateur drama group. I agreed to study and get my schooling under my belt and it was only when I turned 18 that I auditioned and got into Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts- a prestigious Drama school in London where I began to take performing seriously.
Who were some of your biggest inspirations?
I have a lot of inspirations. But my biggest influence was watching Grease the movie. All of the cast were so multi-talented because they have it all and like them, I didn't want to be a one trick pony either. I wanted to act sing and be able to dance all at the same time. The other one that sticks in my mind is Titanic. This was at the time, one of the biggest movie blockbusters I had ever seen and it blew me away. I would reenact all of the scenes at school with my friends and even took it as far as learning to play the theme song 'My heart will go on' on the piano. I still play it till this present day.
What kind have training have you done?
I attended Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in London. I graduated with a 3 year Performing Arts diploma. It was here I was taught by professionals in the business and trained very hard for 3 years in acting, singing and dance classes. I performed in musicals, plays and dance showcases. I have also attended piano lessons since I was 7 years old and achieved a grade 5 standard from The Royal Schools of Music.
What has been your favorite role to play so far?
Have to say my most recent role has to be my favorite. I played Beth in Altered Perception, a new feature film from Blanc Biehn Productions and directed by Kate Rees Davies. Beth is a manipulative bitch which was great fun to play, as she is the complete opposite of me. It was so interesting getting into those dark places in my mind that I wouldn't entertain in my own life. Another favorite role of mine, was playing Sally in The Wild Party - the Musical in London. I had 2 lines in this stage production and even though one could think of it as a small role, those 2 lines are pivotal to the musical. Although Sally doesn't speak much she is featured throughout the musical. Sally is a drunk and again, I loved playing her because she's the complete opposite to me. The freedom you have playing a drunk was hilarious because when I had to try and dance in the musical numbers, she just does what she wants to. So, I was able to mix up the steps and play along to the music how I wanted to.
What projects do you have coming up?
I have a few projects coming up. I'm currently promoting my short film 'Broken' which I produced and star in and it got selected at the Cannes Film Festival 2014. A documentary called 'Freefall', where I'm playing a real life person. Currently writing a sketch-Comedy with my Co-star/producer from 'Altered Perception', Hallie Jordan.
Who would be your ideal co-star and why?
I have always admired Dame Judi Dench in all of her films. So, to co-star with her would be outstanding and a dream come true, for me. I am sure she could teach me a thing or two about all there is to know in the acting world. Plus, I can imagine her being a delight to work with and having a giggle with during takes.
What are your plans for the future?
I hope I can continue doing what I love the most and act in as many productions and genres as possible. It would be wonderful to also have my own production company so that I could choose and collaborate with the many people I admire.
What is your advice to aspiring performers?
Don't give up! I always heard people say this and I would always laugh to myself saying "What a ridiculous thing to say! Why would I ever give up?" But they were so right! Sometimes you can have so much rejection you start to lose focus and wonder why you were in this business in the first place. But then you get one job out of 100 or 200 auditions and realize why you do what you do.