Nicole Ohara is a Hapa* actor, producer, writer, and creative developer.
She began acting professionally when she was 11-years-old. However, by 15, she took a hiatus to take care of her grandmother who later passed away of ovarian cancer.
After her experience as the sole caretaker for her grandmother, Nicole shifted her focus from acting to medicine. She discovered a passion for taking care of others and improving people’s quality of life. She received a full ride to university and studied Health Science and Theatre, with a concentration in Pre-Medicine. She graduated as a Valedictorian with dual Bachelors of Science and Bachelors of Art degrees, her certification as a Certified Health Education Specialist, and is currently pursuing an MFA equivalent in Acting from the Art of Acting Studio in Los Angeles.
Nicole wants to build a body of work that guides people down an intimate journey of self-discovery. After many life-changing experiences interacting with marginalized groups as a mixed-culture kid, a researcher, and an artist, she strives to tell the stories of those who are overlooked, who feel lost, and who struggle to find meaning. By exploring the humanity in all of us, she hopes to create art that bridges understanding and heals our communities.
In May 2020, Nicole founded the creative collective Street Rat Media. Visit the website to view their upcoming projects, learn about their mission statement, and get in contact.
*Hapa is a Hawaiian pidgin word used to describe mixed-race people — primarily, though not exclusively, those who are half white and half Asian. It is a term that normalizes the unique multiracial experience of Hapa people and allows a multiethnic child to identify as both rather than pigeonholed into choosing between their different identities. They are not half one thing, and half another thing. They are wholly Hapa. I am both. I am Hapa.