Interview with 2011 Show Me Shorts Best Actress Winner, Nicole Gulasekharam
10 Jan 2012
Nicole Gulasekharam is an Australian actress best known for her roles in 'Bed of Roses' and 'As the Bell Rings'. She recently took home the StarNow award for Best Actress at the Show Me Shorts Film Festival for her performance in the Australian film The Kiss.
StarNow: We noticed that your acting credits go back to when you were quite young! When did you decide you wanted to be an actor? And how did you first get into acting?
Nicole: It started when I won the role of Annie in ‘Annie’ the musical at the Regent Theatre when I was nine years old, which to this day I believe to be the biggest fluke! But that’s where I fell in love with the idea of playing different characters and people. So I started taking acting lessons, got a couple of jobs, and now I’m hooked!
StarNow: Who is your agent? And how did you find them?
Nicole: I am currently with Ian White Management. I knew them through a course I did, and through friends.
StarNow:Is it very different acting in a film than it is for TV? What advice would you give any budding StarNow actors?
Nicole: Both film and TV are lots of fun and really stimulating. With film, it’s great because you can take more time to work out your journey from start to finish before it begins. With TV, you may not necessarily know what’s going to happen to your character, which can also be exciting! My advice is to get as much training as possible, and of a wide variety. You don’t know if something will work for you unless you’ve tried it.
StarNow: Have you been to many unsuccessful auditions? We hear it’s hard work dealing with the rejection, but all part of the job. Have you ever had a disaster audition? And what pearls of wisdom did you learn from it?
Nicole: I am the master of unsuccessful auditions! I haven’t had any disasters as such, but have definitely learnt that if you’re not prepared, then there’s no point doing it. You’ve got to make the time and put in the work for auditions, but when they’re over, you just have to forget about them and move on. I believe that the best way to come out of an audition is: “I am really happy with what I did, so what’s for dinner?”
StarNow: We see that The Kiss has won a few awards at festivals in Australia and New Zealand - that's great! Has the film’s success helped you in your career? What’s next for you, Nicole?
Nicole : I absolutely loved making The Kiss. The people I met while making it were all so talented and lovely to be around, which definitely helped make the film a success, and I hope I will get the chance to work with some of them again in the future! Who knows what’s next for me? I’m just really trying to get as much training as I can, so I'm ready for anything that comes my way.
StarNow: What's your StarNow profile address, so other members can find you?
Nicole: You can check out my profile here.
And the winner of the Clothes Show prize package is........
9 Jan 2012
Geraldine Taylor! Congratulations to Geraldine, who has won a lifetime membership to StarNow, a portfolio shoot and a year's worth of dance classes with Popdance.
We look forward to seeing Geraldine's career progress over the coming months.
StarNow partners with Miss Wellington
8 Jan 2012
We’re excited to be an official partner of Miss Wellington, 2012.
Want to be the new face of Wellington, NZ? Applications are now open for Miss Teen Wellington (14 – 17) and Miss Wellington (18 – 27).
All contestants get to spend a week training with industry professionals, covering hair and make-up tips, health and fitness, catwalk techniques, and deportment.
A final gala evening will be held in March and the winner will be announced. The winner gets paid entry into the regional final.
StarNow Santa is giving away goodies on Twitter
12 Dec 2011
Have you been naughty or nice? StarNow Santa is giving away spot prizes to members in the lead-up to Christmas (and beyond).
Want your stocking filled? All you need to do is follow StarNow Santa on Twitter. Ho ho ho!
StarNow selects Hollywood Immersive Winner
9 Dec 2011
Thanks to all StarNow members who entered our Hollywood Immersive competition this month.
We received a whopping 3,082 entries, next our panel hand-picked the top 50 ‘Rising Stars’ in the competition, it was then whittled down to just 8 finalists!
We would like to congratulate all the finalists for their fantastic auditions.
And now the moment you have all been waiting for… CONGRATULATIONS JUDAH SIMARD! YOU ARE GOING TO HOLLYWOOD IMMERSIVE IN LA!
Judah will get the opportunity to meet industry professionals, including casting agents, managers, and actors for 10 days in LA. The total prize package includes flights to LA, accommodation, entry to Hollywood Immersive, a lifetime StarNow membership and USD$1,000 spending money!
Check out the video HERE of the StarNow team calling Judah to give him the fantastic news.