Nicole Pryor Dernersesian
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Raised just thirty minutes from America’s entertainment capital, Hollywood, California, Nicole always felt drawn to the performance spotlight. She began taking piano lessons at four and at age 12, talent met discipline when she added formal voice lessons and began writing original music. Her hard work paid off with a scholarship to Pepperdine University for classical voice. Typical of her incredible work ethic, she graduated with a degree in adverstising and music in only three and a half years.
The start of her professional performing career was in the role of Yonah in the musical, “Children Of Eden” at Cabrillo Music Theater in Thousand Oaks, California. That same year, she was crowned Miss Ventura County 2002 and was 4th Runner-Up to Miss California in the Miss America Organization, winning the talent competition at both levels as well as “Miss Congeniality”. Nicole went on to perform the role of Sarah in the musical “Ragtime” in four southern California theaters. In 2004, Nicole joined Disney's popular a-cappella group, American Vybe, at Disney's Epcot Center in Orlando, Florida. And in 2006, she was cast in the Las Vegas Company of The Phantom of the Opera. In September of 2012, after 6 1/2 years and over 2600 shows, Nicole took her final bow on the stage of The Phantom of the Opera and returned home to Los Angeles where she started her own talent agency,
FireStarter Entertainment (FSE Talent).
In addition to running her talent agency, Nicole continues to perform on occasion in special events and regional musical theatre. As a vocalist and songwriter, Nicole released 2 albums, both available on iTunes: "I'm Here" and "The Long Way Home". In addition to her stage and vocal work, Nicole taught private vocal lessons for over 14 years, including a two year stint as a Professor of Vocal Performance at her alma mater, Pepperdine University. Whenever possible, she lends her time to teach master classes at Universities and Organizations around the country. Nicole is also the star of the weekly inspirational show, NICOLE TALK, which airs every Monday at 1 PM PT on YouTube.
Nicole feels blessed to be a part of the entertainment business and will continue to work tirelessly to make a positive impact for as long as she is able!