We had the good fortune of connecting with Nicole Dickson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nicole, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I think that more people would start businesses if they didn’t let fear of failing stop them. I take risks constantly in my business, it doesn’t always work out, but I’d rather try & fail then not succeed at all. That said… I’m lucky. I have a wonderfully supportive husband who did 20 years in the Navy to ensure that I CAN take risks without gambling too much of my security. One of the things I think that balances taking a risk is knowing your worth in your chosen endeavor – if you think you’re worth it – eventually you’ll convince other people you are.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I do A LOT of things, but I’m an actor first. Pretty much everything I’ve ever done, every career I’ve ever had and most of my big lifetime opportunities have happened because I’m an actor. Most people think theatre & acting is just pretending or play time. Acting is hard work. It takes discipline and skill and many soft skills that work places require (communication skills, managing people & relationships, adapting to change, and being innovative within a workplace environment) are all things actors learn and/or have a natural ability for. I’ve been very blessed. I’ve had some great career opportunities because I’m an actor (and consequently an educator) – but it’s also because I’ve taken risks & put myself out there for those opportunities. It’s been a balance of luck, ambition, perseverance, talent and LUCK 😉
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Here in Pensacola…..
I’d make sure they saw one of our murder mystery shows (if we had one going on that weekend) at a local favorite bar & event space – Seville Quarter & then invite them to hang out afterward for drinks in one of their several entertaining bar/lounge areas.
If they have kids – I’d also be SURE they visited the Pensacola MESS Hall an incredible & unique hands on science museum for families that focuses on learning through exploration & play.
We’d probably also hit up karaoke at Casks & Flights Wine Bar with the fantastic folks at Rock Child Entertainment.
We’d definitely catch a show at Pensacola Little Theatre – where some of the best talent in Pensacola produce main-stage & studio productions year round – if we come on the right Saturday night that month – we’ll get to see our sister troupe Improvable Cause’s improv comedy show afterwards.
If it’s end of February – we’re DEFINITELY going to PENSACON – Pensacola’s Comic Con.
I’d also be sure to show them our historic American Legion Post 33, originally a gorgeous turn of the century old fashioned American dance hall, which is now being renovated & restored to serve veterans, community & the arts.
For music I love cover bands so… I’d try to see if White Tie Rock Ensemble had one of their incredible concert shows happening. Or… I’d catch local favorites Coastal Fire or Six Piece Suits
For original music… I’d travel to Ft. Walton to see Nik Flagstar & the Dirty Mangy Dogs play at a local bar.
And of course… the BEACH where I’m sure I’d run into my buddy and local celebrity Sid Kuhn playing volleyball- and he’d have a whole new itinerary for us! 😉
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Gosh… too many folks…
Ok let’s see…
EVERY SINGLE ONE of my amazing actors in ICMT.
The small business & arts scene in Pensacola, Florida. I’ve been very blessed that many businesses support what I’m doing with my company & my art. Special thanks to fellow entrepreneurs & constant supporters Eddie & Nikki McGrath for getting me in contact with ya’ll for example! 🙂
Supporting fellow artists & entrepreneurs and establishing relationships not only helps your business grow – but gives you the opportunity to help others achieve their goals as well, which is key to establishing a strong community.
Finally… my family. Work/life balance is hard sometimes and my family gets the short end of that stick often, still they constantly support me, and I couldn’t do what I do without them.
Headshot: Toni Riales
Other: Dee Dee Kohl