ART, MUSIC AND ACTING WHAT AN INSPIRATION……
Nicole Chamoun is a Melbournite of Lebanese heritage. A High School Artistic Director and aspiring actress, Nicole is a talent to be reckoned with and one very smart cookie.
At 28 years of age she has gained much, to her credit, in the areas of creative art.
Nicole, who is tri-lingual (English, Lebanese Arabic, Indonesian) also majored in Bachelor of Arts in 2005, the same year she began acting roles on TV that has followed with film roles and is currently keeping her very busy………….Nicole ‘s filmography includes:
– 2012 Last Dance Travel Agent
v– 2012 10 Terrorists
Show’s Sound Recordist
– 2009 Housemates (short) Aly
– 2007 City Homicide (TV series) Selma Al Basri
– The Promised Land (2007) … Selma Al Basri
– 2007 Kick (TV series) … Layla Salim
– Crunch Time (2007) … Layla Salim
– Issi, Ozzie, Oi Oi Oi (2007) … Layla Salim
– Get up, Stand Up(2007) … Layla Salim
– While the Cat’s Away(2007) … Layla Salim
– Baby, Believe Me! (2007) … Layla Salim
What is your daytime profession?
Currently I work part time as the Artistic Director of a high school located in the south eastern suburbs. I also study acting at the Melbourne Actors Lab with an amazing teacher. His name is Peter Kalos.
Where were you born?
I was born in Melbourne
Where are your parents from in Lebanon?
Mum is from Beirut and Dad is from Zahleh
Would you be the first actress of Lebanese descent to hit the screens in Australia?
I might be. I don’t know of any other female actors of Lebanese decent, but the industry is large and I hope there are others. I know of a few Lebanese male actors who are currently working and they are
wonderful. I think it would be great to see more!
One brother who has just completed his medical degree, and a sister who has just begun her career in the music industry (behind the scenes)
دWhat Interests do you have outside of acting?
I am interested in all facets of creative work. I am currently developing an online comedy series with another talented actor. We plan on shooting in a month’s time.
I also love to write, and hope to direct one day.
What’s on your professional horizon?
I have recently been cast in an Australian Feature Film titled, ‘Detour into Darkness’. We shoot in March.
I am also working on a short film which is set to be entered into ‘Tropfest’.
Also I am working on the online comedy series I mentioned earlier.
Do you have an in interest in world affairs?
Absolutely! I am interested in woman’s education and equality. I think it is so important for young girls to grow up believing that they can do and achieve anything they desire. To give them the same opportunities to be educated as young boys. Women are strong, intelligent creatures, who are just as capable as men. We need to give them the opportunities to show us.
How would you encourage children to enter this field of art?
I think it’s important to introduce kids to all areas of art (music/visual art/film etc).
Encouragement comes from nurturing and recognising someone’s potential abilities.
My advice to children, who are interested in acting, is study! Learn all you can about the craft. Read books, watch films, talk to people who are in the industry.
If you have a passion, drive and determination you will do great things.
Who have you idolized or patterned yourself on?
I think to idolize or pattern yourself on anyone is extremely dangerous. We all have our own paths to lead.
Some who I respect and admire is Lebanese Director/Actor, Nadine Labaki. I am so inspired by this amazingly talented woman! She creates films about strong, intelligent Lebanese woman, and depicts Lebanon in such an honest and gorgeous light.
I would be so honoured to one day work with her. If she ever makes it to Melbourne, I’d love to be her tour guide and pick her talented brain about her process as an actor and director.
What is your favourite music and who are you reading at the moment?
I am a fan of music that makes me feel. I love blues, hip hop, reggae and lots more!
Of course Arabic music is high on my list! I have always loved Wael Kfoury. I’ve seen him live both here and in Lebanon and he was great.
At the moment I am revisiting one of my all-time favourite novels, The Alchemist, by Paolo Coelho. This book has the most amazing way of speaking to you directly. It inspires me to follow my dreams without fear.