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Interview with Christina Sicoli

Christina was born and raised in Port Colborne, Ontario where at a young age spent most of her days playing dress up and pretending to be a teen detective, Nancy Drew. A triple threat performer, she graduated at the top of her class from the Randolph Academy For The Performing Arts and The Second City (Toronto). A “tour de force”, Sicoli is an award-winning actress, character-driven comedienne, writer, and accomplished improviser.

1. For the people who might not know you, who are you and what do you do?

My name is Christina Sicoli and I am an actor, writer, comedienne, and visual artist.

2. What are some projects that you have worked on?

Most recently, I starred and executive produced in a feature film called “Restraint” (Tilt 9 Entertainment/Rare Little Bird Pictures Inc.) Other projects you might have seen me on are Supernatural (CW), Salvation (CBS), Unreal (Lifetime) and upcoming Ghosting (Freeform).

3. How did you get started in the entertainment industry?

I was involved in theatre throughout elementary and high school. I did my undergrad at the University Of Toronto in Sociology, dropped out in my second year, had a mini break down in the park with my parents and professed longingly to them that “I had to live my dream and be an actor!” It was all very dramatic. I went to theatre school and during that time I also completed the Conservatory at The Second City and studied with renown horror clowns, Mump and Smoot. After I graduated I continued to create, collaborate and perform. I got an agent and started working (and not working) in the many adventures of tv, film, and stage.

4. How did you start painting professionally?

When I was younger, I took private classes and continued to learn throughout the years. I had fantasies of going to art school but the acting bug told me different. I continued to draw and paint. It wasn’t something I consciously or subconsciously thought about tucking away. I clock that feeling of getting lost in the work and enjoying it. Being at ease. It’s that magical feeling I hold as an artist that I bring into my work as an actor with no expectations. I love to create, it’s an energizing feeling, and the rest aligns as it’s meant to. I was encouraged to “put it out there” and I did. With my work being on social media and my website, I’ve been grateful to be commissioned, have created pieces for a few shops, rent my work out, and most recently displayed in a gallery. From small to large scale, it makes me very happy to see how my work impacts another person’s space (home/business). I love the feeling of connecting over a canvas, to tell a story through what a client envisions and make it a collaborative experience.

5. What are some misconceptions about your job that most people believe?

Haha, you’ll have to ask them! My job is to hustle, create, cultivate work aside from the regular audition rigamarole. I don’t have the energy or time to worry about what others believe regarding my career. I’m pretty good at getting in the zone, focusing on myself, putting my blinders on, and being a professional.

6. What has been your biggest accomplishment so far?

Well, I plan to live to be 102 like my nonna so that being said, I still have a lot to learn and do. Instead of “accomplishment”, I’d like to think in terms of growth. I’ve stayed true to who I am and what I believe in. I’m never going to stop evolving and shifting, so finding a balance at every stage is what has made me feel empowered and aware in how I set boundaries and where I want to spend my time and energy. I’ve let go of situations in life that I’ve outgrown and try not to punish myself for feeling like I’ve failed at a relationship or in my career. I’m still the passionate, stubborn, fiery little weirdo that I’ve been my whole life. I’m lucky to call myself an artist. This in itself is pretty cool especially when the invisible “Debbie Downers” on your shoulder tempt you to throw in the towel or make you feel like you aren’t good enough. Tomorrow may be a different story. I could pack up and move to Italy.

7. What do you hope to achieve through your art?

To tell stories and bring a sense of play to my work. To challenge myself and engage others. I’d like to continue to push boundaries that are more unconventional as an actor and encourage others to think outside the box. There’s excitement in finding the juxtapositions in a conventional and unconventional life. I gravitate towards characters that live outside the mainstream. These are the beings I want to continue to explore and give life to.

8. If you weren’t an artist, what would you be doing?

I’ve always had an avid imagination as a child. So…. probably a pediatrician who pretends to be a news anchor from Louisiana thinking she’s Nancy Drew living in a staircase while seeing birds on her pillow and making art while keeping a journal of the poems I’ve written. Or …a Bathologist. Is that a thing?

9. Can you describe your paintings in three words?

Abstract, Playful and Colour-pops.

10. What would you say to someone who wants to follow in your footsteps?

Don’t do it! OR;

A.) Be uniquely you. Don’t try to push a circle in a square. You are who you are so embrace it and don’t get in your own way (easier said than done most times).

B.) Have other creative outlets/activities that fulfill you or you’ll be very miserable.

C.) Hustle and focus on your own adventure. Trust the timing. Don’t let someone tell you that you can’t do something because of your age or how you look. Keep studying with a variety of mentors who challenge you in different ways. You’re going to work the hardest for yourself in moving things forward that only you have control over. When it comes to auditions, do the work, play in the room, let it go, repeat. The worst thing you can do is let someone dictate your talent to your self-worth. You can’t equate the two. More likely than none, a decision has nothing to do with your talent so I revert to B.)

11. Who are some of your favorite artists?

The Coen Brothers, Wes Anderson, and Tim Burton for their character-driven distinctive visual and narrative styles. Prince, for his ability to create a body of work that varies in musical stylings and eccentricities. Katharine Bradford, an American artist who works primarily as a contemporary figurative painter. She’s playful in her use of color and ability to convey activities with a certain gesture and abstract form.

12. Do you have a favorite painting?

That’s a toughie, It’s like asking me what my favorite pair of shoes are. They each serve a different purpose. Right now I really like Katharine Bradford’s “All Of Us”.

13. What are some causes that are dear to your heart and hope to bring awareness to?

Cancer, ALS, and Heart disease run in my family, they are dear to me. Our planet is in trouble, so doing my best to invest in products that limit the use of plastics and other harmful materials that affect our spaces whether it be in the ocean, the streets, our homes. Helping others be more confident in speaking their truth based on their own personal traumas and experiences without being criticized for doing so.

14. Do you have anything to say to the people who support you?

Supporting, encouraging, and believing in someone on their chosen path is an amazing gesture for another human to give. I’ve been fortunate and not so fortunate at times to be surrounded by these people. Thanks to those who lift me up beyond the things I see. It takes one person to show you the seeds you’ve planted that are still growing. Cheers to that.

Thank you so much to Christina for the wonderful interview! You can find more about her and her work on

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