Today we’d like to introduce you to Natalie Nichole.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I’m a singer-songwriter, actress, dancer, scriptwriter, director, etc. I was born in Lubbock, Texas & raised in San Antonio, Texas. Given the birth name Natalie Nichole Carrizalez I chose to use Natalie Nichole as my stage name when I moved to California January 2016 in spite of going by “NC” or “TheOnlyNC” all my childhood & high school years. I figured it’d be easier to pronounce, spell & remember Natalie Nichole instead of continuing to use my last name Carrizalez. I have been performing ever since I can remember. At a very young age, I was involved with dancing groups, talent shows, TV Shows, Commercials, and youth organizations such as NYA and HYPE. With NYA (Network for Young Artists), I gained experience throughout San Antonio, TX performing at local rodeos and festivals such as Luminaria. While a part of HYPE, I helped to write songs, danced, and helped educate Texas youth about anti-bullying movements and drug and alcohol abuse prevention.
In my junior year of high school, I was involved in the Rock Star Academy, an organization in which multi-Grammy winner Michael Morales mentors and trains aspiring artists with skills such as guitar, singing, drums, and performing. I was involved in all these things all while being a ‘normal kid’ with normal kid dramas; heartbreaks, growing up with a single mother, not knowing my biological father, at times experiencing abuse in all forms from different family members, feeling ambiguous for being of mixed race & trying to figure out how to cope with all that. I think I released by being so creative, that truly was my only outlet.
I’d personally, describe myself as a multi-tasker. While I was a member of the Rock Star Academy, I began working on my first album titled The Differe[NC]e. It was released on iTunes and CD on April 27th, 2012. I immediately began working on my second album titled New Kinda Feeling, which was released on iTunes and CD on June 27th, 2015. To promote my 2nd CD while continuing to work on it, I released a seven-song demo, which I used to perform at Ashford & Simpson’s Sugar Bar in New York City.
Soon after arriving back to Texas, I was randomly contacted and asked to audition a cold read of a script in Austin for CGTV. I ended up being the #1 pick in Austin and was given the scholarship to be mentored by Adrian R’Mante in California for the CGTV Summer Acting Intensive in June 2015. I was given the opportunity to perform at ACME Theater in front of multiple agents, from which I received six call-backs.
Upon the realization that I could have a successful acting career, I decided that I would move to California to pursue it. When I was asked what I would do with my developing music career, I’d always say, “I will definitely continue it. It’s my passion; my first love. There’s never going to be a day that I don’t incorporate my music in some way, shape, or form. It’s a part of who I am & definitely an outlet for me.”
I am a member of ASCAP, which is an organization for singer-songwriters and producers. While I was in California I went to some of the conventions & met greats like Brian McKnight personally & other amazing artists in the industry. While living in Burbank, California starting at the beginning of 2016 I jumped right into work becoming an UBER DRIVER, being involved in the CGTV Pilot Program with Adrian R’Mante, rubbing elbows in the studio with the likes of Smitty Soul (Credits: Chris Brown, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj etc.), Ron Aniello (Credits: EMPIRE, Bruce Springsteen, Shania Twain.), Pusha Rod (Credits: YG, Dreezy.), Rita Wilson & gaining even more experience in songwriting in sessions for artists like Disney Star CoCo Jones.
I became homeless shortly after my 22nd birthday for 10months while living in California but that didn’t stop me from continuing to work, becoming an extra in popular TV shows for more money & still pursuing my dreams! While surviving in L.A. a few CSUN college students asked to do a Documentary-Short on me for their graduating project that’d premiere in Beverly Hills at the WGA Theater; Nominated for Best Documentary & Best Director for the film. During this same time, I was also auditioning for Nick Cannon’s #SignMeToNCredible Challenge via Instagram/Youtube/Twitter & I WON! I personally think it’s destiny and if you know me personally or know even a few pieces of my story you know how significant it is that I caught the attention of Nick Cannon out of all the people I’ve been in front of & have worked with throughout my life.
My short-term career goals are to finish the book about my life, keep auditioning acting roles & expanding my brand as far as my music goes as well as release my EP “OVERDUE” that I’ve been working on the last 2yrs with Nick Cannon/NCredible. My long-term career goals are to have a successful acting career & continue building my musical career as well along with my other organizations I will start to help others. I’d like to be involved in popular TV shows and movies. Eventually, once I gain more experience in the industry, I would like to bring to life my own written scripts and direct professionally under my own Production Company INDIENCE a branch of my original business Beasta Baby Productionz I started in the 9th grade.
So far, I have been a part of Nick Cannon’s Projects Titled “Calling All Models (The Prequel)” & The “Fuck Him Trilogy” that released early 2018. I have also released my first single titled “Simple” by Natalie Nichole that is featured on my upcoming EP “Overdue” available on all platforms! The next project I feature on with Nick Cannon & The NCredible Gang is “Model Music” due to release Spring Break 2019. My first original EP Overdue is also due to release 2019! I’m very excited!
I would like my legacy to be for my storytelling skills because I pull from my own life experiences to create. I want to be known for my heart. I express it and give back in everything that I do in the most honest & authentic way I possibly can by using all of my various talents. You will know me, my name, my gifts & what I give but ULTIMATELY you will know MY GOD — & how he did it all! That’s always my main focus.
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?
On this journey, I’ve faced all the obstacles you could possibly imagine. I’ve faced sexism, racism, homelessness, personal life issues & dramas but throughout it all, I focused on GOD & the promises & purpose he gave me since I was a little girl. I’ve always been a very focused individual & that’s what got me through it all. If I could give any advice to other women or anyone in general young or old it’d be to trust your gut instincts, keep your faith & never give up. If God gave you something to execute go for it without hesitation & if you’re still searching for your purpose pray & God will reveal it to you in time. For young people, in particular, my advice for you is to never be afraid to know that you know what you want out of life. People will try to make you think you’re too young to know that you want to pursue something. Don’t listen to the nay-sayers they will always be there & say anything to detour you. Move passed them & strive! As long as your desire is towards something productive & beautiful never let anyone stop you from going after it no matter how young you are!
What should we know about NCREDIBLE ENT.? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I’m a God loving woman first & a singer, songwriter, dancer, scriptwriter, director etc. second. Being a creative is my specialty although, most people know me for my music currently. I’m proud of everything I do as an artist, being able to have many forms of expression & actually be good at all of them like, Chris Brown & J.Lo is a gift. This is only the beginning for me but I’m here to stay. I think what sets me apart from others is the fact that I’m extremely raw yet there’s this sweetness about me that you can’t deny. I’m very much a question mark for people to figure out yet I give you all the facts & hide nothing.
What do you feel are the biggest barriers today to female leadership, in your industry or generally?
I think the biggest barriers today for females in the position of leadership & in the industries, I’m a part of is the fact that a lot of our male counterparts haven’t yet fully come to the realization that we are just as valuable as they are. We have ideas & can be just as innovative as anyone. Creativity isn’t a gene that’s only developed in males. Once we truly have an equal opportunity not just for women but for EVERYONE, everything would run smoother. We’ve begun the process of involving everyone but we still have ways to go. I’m excited & positive for the future though.
- Website: NatalieNichole.com
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/natalie_moments
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/MsNatalieNichole
- Twitter: www.twitter.com/Ms_N27
- Other: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/simple/1372390333?i=1372390702
Stevie Murrell & Natalie Nichole