Actress and dancer Cree Cicchino dishes on her biggest inspiration
Raised in New York, Cree Cicchino made a big move when she got a callback from Nickelodeon's "Game Shakers."
Cicchino was picked up for the pilot of the Nickelodeon show, and immediately packed up and moved to L.A. with her family. Now, the show is about to start its third season, and Cicchino is going strong in her role as Babe.
Not only that, but this up-and-coming actress also has a passion for dance and makes time to talk to her fans on social media -- who call themselves 'Creetures.'
We had the chance to chat with Cicchino about her role on Nickelodeon's show, her social media presence, and more. Check out the interview below, and see part one here!
#YouShouldKnow is a feature that showcases rising talents. To see more past interviews, including more features on Cree Cicchino click here.
What's your relationship likes with your fans?
Oh, my 'Creetures!' I think we have a good relationship. I try to be as active as possible on social media, like answering their questions. I just can't say how much I appreciate them, and I am still such a humongous fangirl for so many TV shows and so many people. It still hasn't kicked in for me yet that there are people out there who are fans of me. Social media is obviously a great tool for connecting with them, getting their feedback and talking to them -- it really is amazing.
Who's been your biggest inspiration as you've continue in the world of acting, dancing and performing?
There's a variety of people that inspire me in different aspects, because I've done both dancing and acting. I also look up to different people in comedy and drama, there are just so many different categories. But I think the queen above all, who I worship daily, is Beyonce. I'm not lying -- I make all of my friends call me Creeyonce! I saw her in concert and when I left and got home, it was like I stepped out of my own body and I felt like I was watching myself watch her perform.
How has your hispanic heritage been a part of your identity as you continue to grow in acting and in the limelight on TV and social media?
It's exciting, as I've gotten into it, to see more hispanic representation in the acting world. I grew up in my grandmother's house with a very hispanic environment, with the food and the music and Christmastime. I'm close with all of my hispanic family. My grandfather came to the U.S. straight from Ecuador. I've always been proud of being Latina. So getting into this career, it's great to see more and more hispanic roles and representation -- like Jane the Virgin, for example. Everyone does an amazing job in that show.
What's your favorite advice you've received and what advice would you give to someone who's looking to pursue a similar path?
There have been a few pieces of advice that I go back to. Every time I would go into an audition, right before I would walk in the door, my mom would say 'Be Cree.' It's very simple, but there's a deeper meaning. Never lose yourself through everything you go through. It's been really important when people have told me to grow thicker skin, and telling me that not all attention I'm going to get will be positive. You also have to block out the noise and focus on working hard, and getting to your own goals.
I think the best I could give is to work hard at what you want, stay dedicated. Even when you reach your goals, you can always grow more. There's never an absolute finish. You can always improve and grow and learn more about yourself.
What are some things you're passionate about outside of performing?
I've always loved writing, I've obviously written in school forever, but then I started getting into poetry and writing short stories. I think it's a great creative outlet. I've also been an animal lover forever. That's something I've always been passionate about.
What are your hopes for the future of your career?
I definitely want to explore doing film and more genres like drama. I want to dabble in everything. I've been working on singing, so we'll see where that goes. I hope I can do a little bit of everything.
RELATED: Kel Mitchell talks about returning to Nickelodeon