Today we’d like to introduce you to Andrea Hickey.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I have been acting since I was about three years old. I was watching an episode of I Love Lucy with my Grandma and fell in love with Lucille Ball. I said, “That’s what I want to do when I grow up!” And the rest is history haha! I competed and won an acting scholarship for college and while there, I was nominated for the Irene Ryan National Scholarship Award. I also won the Best Actress Award. While the professional part of my life was very successful, I was falling apart inside. I had been struggling with an eating disorder, and it was taking over my life. The very thing you think you have control over ends up controlling you. I was soon unable to keep up the facade that everything was fine, and my parents pursued treatment for me.
When I entered the treatment doors, I had no hope for the future. I was broken and dying. I also had to give up my acting scholarship to college because I was very sick. I was saying goodbye to the life I once loved…. or so I thought. I will never forget the moment I surrendered. God told me that I needed to trust Him because He had big plans for me. I didn’t know how I would accomplish my dreams, but I trusted that God would do something with my life. After leaving treatment, I decided to get my Masters in Counseling because I wanted to help others who were struggling with body image issues and eating disorders. I wanted to give hope that recovery and freedom from the bondage of eating disorders are achievable, and through Christ, anything is possible. Yet during this time, I still felt the Lord pulling at my heartstrings to go back to doing what I loved most… acting.
Two years ago, I stepped away from counseling and walked back into acting. From that moment, God opened so many doors for me. I signed with Dani’s Agency, and I was cast in commercials, lead roles in theatre, big print shoots, and I am starring in films. I recently returned from Los Angeles where I signed with The Robb Company, and Sherry Robb is my new Hollywood Talent Manager! Sherry and I immediately connected over our love for I Love Lucy, and she even knew Lucille Ball personally! If that isn’t God custom making the plan for my life, I don’t know what is!
Please tell us about your art.
I love to perform and entertain! When I was younger, my dad used to videotape me doing everything from riding my bike down the hill screaming, “Cowabunga Dudes,” to singing, dancing, and entertaining the entire family. I feel like I am my truest self when I am in front of the camera or on stage. I love giving a voice to characters who don’t have one and bringing a script to life. When I take on a role, I don’t think of myself as inventing a new character from scratch. I use my own experiences and backstory as a starting point. I find a way to identify myself with that character, and then I create the nuances that set them apart. I work out what my walk is like, posture, confidence, voice rhythm, emotional barometer, perspective, and how they relate to the world. The audience goes on this journey with me and becomes accessible to my vulnerabilities, hopes, fears, and dreams through my character. I get to express myself through these roles which ends up being an extremely therapeutic process. It’s a win-win for everyone!
Do you have any advice for other artists? Any lessons you wished you learned earlier?
Believe in yourself. If you don’t believe in yourself, you can’t expect anyone else to. In my own journey, this was a hard thing for me to learn, but I realized that I couldn’t put my self-worth in other people’s hands. I had to know that I was enough, just as I am, and that my dreams were put in my heart for a reason. Each person is unique and their story is different. If you can use your own story and individuality in your work, you will automatically stand out from everyone else. People will be attracted to the real you. I have always been very energetic and lively. Some people used to tell me to tone it down. When I listened to them, I didn’t book the job. Energy is electric, it is inviting, it is admired. When I stopped listening to other opinions and focused on my own, not only did I book the job, but I was happy with the outcome. As the Genie said to Aladdin, “Beeee yourself.” It is your greatest tool!
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I am currently filming a feature film where I star as the female lead. My commercials are running, and my other films are all heading to film festivals! I am consistently updating my website (theandreahickey.com) and Instagram page (www.instagram.com/andrea_l_hickey) with announcements and projects so I would be grateful if you kept an eye out on those sites!
- Website: theandreahickey.com
- Phone: (818)850-2699
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/andrea_l_hickey
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