The Calexico Community is known for its many shining stars, but none shining brighter than that of Tatiana Piccone and the life she now lives in Hollywood’s fast lane.
If you’re not familiar with Nickelodeon’s award-winning hit television show iCarly, just ask your kids. iCarly was nominated and won the 2009 Kids’ Choice Awards for Favorite TV Show. Again it won in 2010 and once more in 2011. The show was a teen sitcom (situation comedy) and had a tremendous five-year run starting in September 2007. Piccone, one of the show’s writers, was involved with 44 episodes and the only woman writer in the group. “It was a dream job come true,” states Piccone. “I was actually pursuing an acting career, funny how things develop.”
Alongside iCarly, Nickelodeon was also heavily invested in another successful teen show, Victorious. Victorious was centered on a Performing Arts High School and an aspiring teenage singer character named Tori Vega. “I also had the opportunity to write for Victorious when iCarly was on hiatus,” shares Piccone. “It was truly a great experience.”
So how did this former Calexico High School graduate find her way to Los Angeles and land a job as a television writer on one of the hottest shows Nickelodeon has produced? Well, for starters, education. Leaving Calexico and family behind, Piccone relocated to San Diego and continued her education at UCSD. Receiving a BA degree in theater, she then was accepted into a three-year program at Valencia’s California Institute of Arts. “I was thrilled to get into the program,” says Piccone. “The Institute is one of the top 10 schools in the country focusing on acting and film.”
After earning her master’s degree, Piccone set out to make it in Hollywood. She was blessed right from the beginning landing small acting jobs to pay the rent, living her dream and putting to use the years of education and training. She’s quick to acknowledge she always wanted to be an actress, even as a little girl. Once out of college she was most fortunate to get work, it doesn’t always happen like that. People show up in Los Angeles every day filled with hopes of becoming an actor only to face rejection upon rejection. “But reflecting back on my childhood I know my destiny was to be exactly where I am, right smack in the heart of the Film Capital of the World,” claims Piccone.
Read more about Piccone in the February 2013 edition of Valley Women Magazine in print or our online E-Edition.
Tatiana Piccone: Small Screen Star
Tatiana Piccone (February 20, 2013)