Women in the Entertainment Industry: Crystal Nicholls
We are asking women in the entertainment industry around the world some key questions about their life and career. Here is Crystal Nicholls based in Sandy, UK, but she is originally from Barbados.
1. In which part of the industry do you work?
I am a professional dancer and certified nutrition coach.
2. Have you drawn professional inspiration from other women in the entertainment industry? How have they inspired you?
I have been inspired by women who face strong competition in this industry, but never hesitate to offer advice or encouragement to other women in auditions.
3. What would you tell young women who are just starting out? What would you like them to know?
Stand in your power and know your worth. Remember that casting directors and producers need you as much as you need them. It is a symbiotic relationship. When you go into auditions, remember that they are lucky to have you in that room!
4. What is the best piece of career advice you have ever received?
You will never outgrow your mindset.
5. Please share one of your toughest challenges in your career. How did you overcome?
I suffered a bad knee injury when i was 18 years old. It happened right at the beginning of the school year, just when audition season for all the performing arts university programs was about to start. I couldn’t dance for 6 months, and as a result, i missed most of the auditions for the schools of my choice. The specialist who examined my knee told me I should rethink my career choice because he didn’t think my knee would withstand the pressures of a dance career. Thankfully, I ignored his “advice” and stood strong in my dreams. The director of the performance dance program at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada, graciously allowed me to submit an audition video i had filmed the year before, in lieu of a live audition. I was accepted into the school and spent all spring and summer doing physio and regaining my strength. I was able to start school in September with my knee fully healed, and have gone on to have an exciting dance career.
6. What is your favorite musical or play?
7. What is your morning routine?
I do a 20 minute meditation, followed by some affirmations, and I take my dog for a walk.
8. Drink of Choice?
A cup of coffee mixed with butter and mct oil.
9. What is a phrase you are known for saying?
You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
10. What advice would you give to other women in the industry?
Don’t fall into the trap of seeing other women as your competition. Let’s support, praise, and lift each other up because there is room for us all.
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