Di Vito “Nik H.” Nicoletti
HI MOR. IT’S A GREAT PLEASURE TO HAVE YOU AS OUR GUEST ON VOCESPETTACOLO.COM . LETS’ START FROM THE FIRST QUESTION. LET’S HAVE A JUMP INTO THE PAST. WHAT WAS YOUR DREAM SINCE WHEN YOU WERE A KID? WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO DO?
I was really into acting pretty much from the beginning. I was always performing to friends and family, and my mom swears that she once heard me cry as a toddler and rushed to my room, where she caught me practicing different “crying faces” in front of the mirror. The dream of becoming an actor became more solid when I started acting on real stages and in television, when I was about 9 years old.
CAN YOU TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF? …WHO IS MOR COHEN?
I am an Israeli actress based in New York City. I am in love with what I do and am filled with gratitude for all that this profession has done for me as a person, and for the beautiful community of friends and artists I get to share my life with.
I’m always into learning new things, love traveling and exploring and I see every day as a new adventure. My newest love is playing electric bass, I also write and sing and I have a warm corner in my heart for old dusty books and fresh coffee. What else? I am working as a lead judge in several film festivals, I collect sunglasses, and I glue magnets to the backside of all the business cards I receive and put them on my fridge, to make sure I don’t lose them anywhere.
HOW DID YOU START AND HOW WAS YOUR FIRST EXPERIENCE IN THE INDUSTRY?
My first stage performance was in a musical that performed in my home town, where I got to act and sing. I was nine years old and I was very excited and very nervous but everyone around me were so nice and the helped me relax. My first time on television was a year later and it was also a positive experience; I was co-hosting a part of a show with one of my favorite actors in Israel at the time. I think it was one of the proudest and most rewarding moments of my career as a kid.
WHAT’S THE BEST AND WORST ASPECT OF YOUR JOB?
The best aspect of being an actor is that you’re always exposed to new things and new people. A lot of roles require acquiring new skills and perfecting them, like languages or dialects, physical training.
Everything I learn as an actor, is knowledge or experience I later have as a person. My world is constantly expending thanks to the many different roles I get to play and new people I meet on set or in the theater.
Sadly, this is partially that worst aspect of the job as well. Working in film, theater and television is always very intense. You spend a lot of time with your fellow cast and crew members, and then once the project is completed we all often part ways. I personally tend to get attached to my characters and colleagues, and having to let go of it instantly was always a little hard for me.
HOW DO YOU HANDLE THE PRESSURE THAT THIS TYPE OF JOB INVOLVES?
When I know I have a stressful time ahead of me, the best way for me to deal is by creating stability around it. A daily work out, a well balanced diet and making sure I get enough sleep every night usually does it. I try to structure these three elements into my routine in general and highly recommend it to everyone.
WHAT DOES MOR LIKE THE MOST ABOUT HERSELF AND WHAT THE LESS?
I am very open to new experiences and ideas. When I’m into something, I’m ALL IN, my heart is invested in everything that I do. I like that about myself because it often gives things a deeper meaning, and because there’s nothing I like more than working with people who are passionate about what they do.
Since I really love what I do, it’s very hard for me to say no to a good role, and I often take to much on my plate and end up having to deal work full time with minimal breaks, which I think is just not to healthy. I think I could get better at setting my personal boundaries and not over-working myself.
WHAT ARE YOUR BEST SATISFACTIONS YOU HAD IN YOUR LIFE AND CAREER?
I recently won the Best Actress in an Indie Film award in the Actors Awards film festival in LA, for my work on The Doll, which is a huge honor. I’ve worked with many talented directors and alongside magnificent actors, but I think artistic satisfaction for me mostly comes from dealing with challenging roles. Last year I got the opportunity to play a rabbit on stage, which was a lot of physical acting that I wasn’t as experienced in at the time. I spent hours watching rabbits jump around and studied their behavior until I was able to perfect this character’s movement, and performing it on stage
was an incredible experience. I find great joy in roles that make me step out of my comfort zone and push my limits. Expending- artistically, in spirit and in mind, is another great aspect of this job.
IS LIFE ALWAYS BETTER THAN A NICE MOVIE?
I don’t know if life is better than a nice movies, but it’s definitely fuller. When we watch movies, we see someone else’s point of view of life, or a part of life, and not the whole thing or the”real deal”. It’s like having selective memory. I think life
has its ups and downs but we grow and evolve from everything that we experience along the way. My top motto is ‘when life gives you lemons – say thank you’ (and then make a movie about it)
WHAT ARE YOUR PROJECT FOR THE FUTURE?
I’m currently waiting for three films and a crazy new-media project I’ve recently worked on to be released! I’m also currently filming in Israel for a project that I’m very proud of, titled “Over the Wall”, and when I get back to New York I’m scheduled to start filming for a super cool superhero web-series called Hope Never Dies, where I have the honor to portray Wonder Woman! A theater community that I’m a part of, Amios, just opened its 2017-2018 season, so all in all I have a very exciting year ahead of me.
WHAT’S HAPPINESS FOR MOR?
Life, love, friends, family. Being able to share my highs and lows with the people around me, making active choices about my life and how I lead them. Waking up every morning to do what I love most.
Thanks a lot Mor, you’ve been very kind. Voce Spettacolo wishes you all the best in your career and life.
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