Nicole Serrato is a producer, director, screenwriter, and actress born and raised in El Sereno, Northeast Los Angeles.
In the summer of 2019, she interned with The Moving Picture Institute, receiving placement at Millennium Films in development and sales and The Academy Gold Rising Program, a diversity and inclusion initiative through the Academy of Motion Pictures.
She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BFA in Film Studies and a Minor in Journalism from The State University of New York: City College in the Spring of 2020.
Since graduating, Nicole has accepted a leadership role with the Academy's Latinx Affinity Group. She hosted Q&As panels with Academy Members, such as Lou Diamond Phillips and Jaime Camil, and organizes social gatherings for other Latinx members of the Academy Gold Program.
She is currently enrolled in The Anthony Gilardi Acting Studio and started her own production company, Serrato Productions LLC.
"Nineteen Ninety-Three," Nicole's first short film, received awards from The Pasadena Intentional Film Festival and The Garden State Film Festival. "Siena House," a short film project completed during her undergraduate, is currently in the film festival circuit.
Her goal is to tell stories through film that focuses on female protagonists and Latinx stories that explore mental health, psychology, and the dynamic relationships which shape us through childhood.
After a brief career in finance in 2016, I quit my job to pursue my dream of being a writer.
After my mother's tragic murdered, I started a Dear Mom Journal at age six, detailing my life every day before, during, and after school.
In 7th grade, my teacher Mr. Flavio introduced me to Emily Dickinson and the other great poets. He assigned each student to write an original poem, which unlocked a passion for writing that never left me.
After high school, I turned down an acceptance offer to California State Univerisity to begin a career in finance selling life insurance and mortgage loans. I continued to write extensively after work hours and accumulated a poetry collection.
The 2008's financial crash sent me on a different path. I started working as a model, poet, and actress in Hollywood.
During this time, I frequently performed in the Los Angeles open mics, graced the runway, and trained at Anthony Gilardi's Acting Studio.
Once the economy improved, I went back to finance, selling medical and business loans.
Although, I continued to follow my passion in my spare time and began hosting an open in Montebello, Eastside Poetry, with Richard Cabral and Lineage Entertainment.
Shortly after, I self-published a collection of poetry, Pieces Of The Puzzle. The last poem in my book, "Nineteen Ninety Three," is about how I dealt with the anger, pain, and resentment toward the person who killed my mother. I found that many people resonated with the message, so in 2017 I adapted it into a short film.
Through this process, I fell in love with screenwriting, producing, and the director's approach.
I am a storyteller and look forward to sharing visions with the world.
Be Blessed, Be Loved, Be Inspired.