Speaks To Me Sunday #49

1 May

This is so my life.

(Except for the songs I can’t make it through without weeping.)

I can’t stop, won’t stop listening to Hamilton.

But really… The tour is coming to L.A. next year, and this fanatic is going to need some tickets. Who wants to start donating to my Hamilton fund?!:)

What is your favorite thing to listen to in the car? Are you a car-singer? And, most importantly, have you listened to Hamilton yet?! 

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Favorite Five Friday (144th Edition)

29 Apr

It’s Friday and I’m back! It’s been a really wonderful and exciting week…


1.  Day Dates are a wonderful thing. This week we got to go on TWO of them! We went to see Disney’s new live action version of The Jungle Book, and we loved it! The effects were fantastic, and the kid who played Mowgli was adorable. So glad we went to see it! For our second Day Date, we went to lunch at Moore’s Delicatessen just a few blocks away from us. We’ve had them on our list of places to try for forever. It was totally worth the wait. Pretty sure it was the best tuna melt I’ve ever had. AND they have breakfast… Can’t wait to go back. I think it’s really important to keep dating your spouse, and I love our little outings together. Day Dates for the win.

2. Snapchat has been around for a while now, but I feel like I’m finally getting the hang of it. Or maybe just enjoying it. It’s silly, ridiculous, and superfluous, but it’s a lot of fun! I like playing with the filters and having snap conversations (or chats) with my buddies. So, if you wanna see more of my adorable cats, the adventures of #OhThoseHackmans, or me making a fool of myself… Follow me! @JoannaNichole26. Snaps for Snapchat.

3.  Speaking of my adorable cats… Aren’t they cute?

4.  It’s a good thing they are cute! If they weren’t, they might be in a lot more trouble. They discovered that they could tear into the bottom of our cute little accent chair and climb into it… We had it reupholstered, and they tore it back open less than a week later. (Little monsters.) Well, they have forced me into being crafty. I got some particle board, covered it in fabric, and fit it to the bottom of the chair. Pretty sure they aren’t getting through that! (Did I just jinx myself?) This has sort of created a frenzy of wanting to redecorate our whole apartment. I have dubbed this frenzy “Project Refresh.” And I’m having a blast! We are slowly making changes and adding pieces we like. This is something I’ll keep updating you on as we continue… So, here’s a look at the start we’ve made!

The Infamous Chair

The refinished bottom of the chair.

Our fabulous HP print! More pictures to be added, obviously.

London and Paris prints we had to have.

5.  I am so pleased and proud to share that I made my TV debut this week on General Hospital! It has been an amazing experience, and I feel nothing but gratitude for the positive feedback from the cast and crew and the love and support from family and friends. If you want to check out the episode, it aired on April 28th, and you can find it on Hulu, On Demand, and ABC.Go.com. It means the world to have so many friends tell me they’re watching.:) I love this working actor thing, and I can’t wait for more!

Happy Friday, guys! 

Speaks To Me Sunday #48

24 Apr

This is my ultimate dream.

The biggest reason I am an actor is my desire to inspire people through storytelling. 
I have huge dreams and some fantastic role models in my life to inspire me… Thanks to them I have not given up. One of my big dreams has been to get a role on a TV show, and that dream came true this month. (What?!?) 

 I am going to be on TV this week! 

This week!

 I can’t believe it’s real. And, y’all, it’s only the start. I am feeling so much motivation to keep moving forward. I feel bold and brave and completely ecstatic. It’s the best feeling. I want to keep it forever. Motivation and inspiration. 

Guys. Never give up on your dreams. You can do it! And remember, you never know who you might be inspiring. 

What is your ultimate dream?

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Speaks To Me Sunday #47

17 Apr



This has been on my mind a lot lately… I’m coming up on my ten year high school reunion, five years since I graduated from college. Lots of milestones. And lots of faces and friends passing through my mind. 

People grow apart, change, move on… Sometimes it’s so sudden it breaks you heart. Sometimes it happens so gradually that you don’t even notice until it’s already over. It’s life. So common that it might not even seem significant enough to have a conversation about. But it’s so human and we all go through it… So, let’s talk about it. 

How does remembering those past friendships make you feel? Some of mine make me feel sad, some guilty, some confused, some bittersweet. But in every single instance, I wish that friend the very best. I love seeing them pop up on my social media feed, I enjoy hearing about their lives. I would want them to know that even though we may not be close anymore, I still care. 

What about you? Any long lost friendships you have the feels about? What would you want them to know? 

You know what would be really cool? Being brave enough to tell them. 

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Favorite Five Friday (143rd Edition)

15 Apr

Heya Friday. Still trying to get back to normal after a crazy, wonderful time last week. Normal feels pretty good too…


1.  Slowing down and resting was essential this week. I had to go back to giving myself permission to relax. I’m so thankful for the couple days off I had with Dan so we could recuperate. I’m still feeling a little bit like I just got back from a trip (you know that tired feeling?). I would love some new ideas to relax! Some “me time.” Any suggestions?

2.  Happy to have worked another Tour Guide Open Call open call this week! More fabulous folks becoming part of the Tramily. I love feeling their energy and enthusiasm… It’s the perfect reminder of how lucky I am to have this job.  

3.  Being back in acting class is wonderfully uncomfortable. It’s certainly the kick in the butt I needed. As an actor, it’s important to keep working those muscles. Right now, it’s been a little while since I’ve been in a class… I’ll be honest, my muscles are feeling a little weak. Working them out right now is a bit uncomfortable,  but I know it’s making me stronger.

4.  Cats. They are insane, trouble-making monsters. But, man… They are adorable. Can’t help but love them. 


Yes, she is hugging my head.

 5.  As of last night, I am caught up on the most recent episode of Dr. Who. I guess that makes me an official Whovian. Pretty safe to say that the show lives up to the hype for me. I already miss it. It took me a while, but now I know! I’m Joanna, and I love Dr. Who. 

Happy Friday, guys!

Speaks To Me Sunday #46

10 Apr

This was just too perfect for the week I just had. 

It’s taking a little time to get back to real life after the excitement of The grand opening of The Wizarding World here in Hollywood. But I think the time has come to take Professor Dunbledore’s words to heart. It’s time to live. 

But that doesn’t mean living isn’t just as exciting! Sometimes life exceeds out wildest dreams… Isn’t that amazing? I can’t wait to see where this precious life leads me. 

What about you? How does your real life exceed your dreams?

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Favorite Five Friday (142nd Edition)

8 Apr

This has been an epic week for me. Truly so many amazing things have happened. Unfortunately, I am unable to share all of them, but I’ll tell you what I can!


1.  I booked a job! I got to spend some time on the set of a well known television show this week… I can’t tell you which one… Yet. Guys, I had an amazing time. This was also my first job! My first role on TV. I am completely ecstatic about it! I loved being on set, and I really learned a lot from my experience. I am so ready for more.  I’ll keep you posted on when and where you can see me!

  2. I am back in acting class! I had a great experience bringing Casting Director, Matthew Barry, to Universal to do a workshop with the guides. This guy knows his stuff. From there I found out he teaches a class, and I knew I had to give it a shot. It was almost strange being back in a class setting, but I really enjoyed it. And it’s certainly a great thing to add to my resume. My plan is to dig in, work hard, and become a better actor.
3. This week included some favorite things like… Time with friends (& being ridiculous on SnapChat: @JoannaNichole26), manicures, and kitties! Here are pictures of those things:

 4. Family vacation! Dan and I are heading to Orlando this September for Universal Studios Orlando and Disney World! (Because apparently we don’t get enough of those here at home.😉 haha!) We are super stoked to head some place new, have some adventures, and relax a little too. (Sidenote: watching Dan plan for vacations is one of my favorite things. He is so detailed and gets really excited about all the things we will be doing. It’s adorable.) Look out, Orlando! #OhThoseHackmans are coming for you!

5. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood is officially open! I spent the majority of this week working all of the opening events. I stood in wonder as I watched the incomparable John Williams conduct the L.A. Philharmonic in gorgeous renditions of his masterful compositions for the Harry Potter films and saw the castle brought to life with intricate projections and stunning fireworks (Yes, I cried a little). I had the privilege to work with the talent and witness as they graciously met fans and enthusiastically shared their experiences. (These amazing actors showed me exactly who I’d like to be should I ever find myself stepping into success like theirs.) I was covered in goosebumps and confetti as the Wizarding World Hollywood was officially declared to be open! And I still have a grin on my face. I feel so truly blessed to have been a small part of something so huge, so impactful. It means more than I can say, and I will treasure these memories for the rest of my life. So, welcome to Hollywood, Harry! And to those of you ready to come visit… “Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.” (Gosh, J.K. Rowling is the best.) It’s pretty safe to say, mischief managed.


 Happiest of Friday’s!!!


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