Niecy Nash is a very talented actress and comedian who has really made her way to the spotlight through her multiple appearances in movies, TV shows, on magazine covers, and now her own very successful Home Makeover show, Clean House. While she has given people a good laugh and great advice, she is now giving her time by helping the Children Affected by Aids Foundation at the upcoming Dream Halloween event. We here at Factio were lucky enough to gain a little insight into her life, her career, and her style.
FM: Tell us a little bit about your involvement with the Children Affected by Aids Foundation and what you view as the most special aspect of the Dream Halloween Event.
NN: This is actually my first time getting involved with this organization. I met John Gile at a party a little while back and he told me about the organization and the event coming up and asked me if I would like to be a part of it- I said absolutely. For me, the best part about this event and why I wanted to get so involved is that it gives me an opportunity to give back to others. I have no idea what to expect because this is my first event with CAAF, but just being able to make myself available to others in need, specifically the children, that is the most special aspect for me about Dream Halloween.
FM: What costume do you plan on attending the event in?
NN: Originally I was planning on being Wonder Woman. Then I realized that most of the children from this generation wouldn’t really be able to connect with that character so I decided to dial it down to something they would recognize more, so now I am going as a brown version of Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz.
FM: If you weren’t an actress and comedian, what do you think you would be doing instead?
NN: Probably own a salon, I would love to be a beautician, I consider myself to be very good with hair and styling.
FM: What is your favorite hair product you are using right now?
NN: I don’t really have one favorite, right now but I’m really enjoying Biolage products!
FM: What is the next big goal you would like to accomplish in your career?
NN: That’s hard to say…at some point down the line I would love to be the host of a talk show. I don’t really have anything specific in mind but I have always wanted to be a talk show host.
FM: As a female, I could imagine making a name for yourself as a comedian in the entertainment industry would be difficult because it’s such a male dominated field, where did you start off and when did you know you made it big?
NN: Well, I started off by calling up a casting director and shooting it straight: ‘I’m broke, I have a baby, and I need a job’ he said okay and let me come down for an audition and the first role I landed was in Boys On The Side with Whoopi Goldberg and Drew Barrymore. When did I know I made it? (she chuckles) I’m still not quite sure I’ve made it! But a very affirming moment for me was when I landed a cover on Ebony Magazine (a magazine she has been reading since she was young) and that same year winning an Indie Award for my Home makeover show, Clean House. Oh, and also when my daughter (She has 2 daughters, age 11 and 15 and a son, age 18) wanted to meet Miley Cirus, and I knew I was a big enough woman to make that happen.
FM: What was it like being a contestant on dancing with the stars? Did you enjoy all of the fun costumes you got to wear for your performances?
NN: Dancing with the stars was so much fun! It was a lot of hard work and I haven’t worn a leotard since I was probably 8 but I just jumped into it, didn’t really prepare at all! And being able to show off my dance moves wearing sequins and big hair? Every girls dream!
FM: What is your favorite article of clothing that you own?
NN: Hm, I’ve never been asked this question before! Pajamas? Do those count? (joking around). If I had to choose my favorite outfit it would probably be jeans and a cashmere sweater.
FM: How would you describe your style?
NN: Definitely comfortable glamour.
FM: If you could give one piece of advice to women wanting to make a career for themselves in the entertainment industry, what would you say?
NN: Three words that I’ve lived by through my journey- No matter what. If you feel like something is really a part of your destiny, not just a hobby, you can get there no matter what. Even if it’s just taking baby steps, you are still taking steps forward and believing you can get there no matter what.
The 11th Annual Dream Halloween Presented by Toys R US & Mattel will benefit Children Affected by AIDS featuring amazing food, face painting by MAC Cosmetics and gifting for the kids. Spot your favorite characters like Barbie, Beetlejuice, Bugs Bunny and Shrek, all while supporting an amazing cause! For more info about Dream Halloween and CAAF, click here.
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