…and Give Her a Nick Name!
Here’s the deal:
About a year ago, Natalie Stone decided to heed the advice of her wonderful husband Anthony. “Quit your job and do whatever makes Natalie happy,” he said. So she did. She left a six-figure corporate job in financing to pursue her dreams.
Natalie had two ambitions throughout life: to establish a biscotti business and to become an actress.
Yes, they seem like diametrically opposed ambitions but in today’s world of reality this and virtual that, anything is possible. And if there’s one thing I know about Natalie, ANYthing she decides to make possible is more than probable, it’s going to happen.
In less than a year, Natalie has been on numerous auditions and hired for various acting gigs. She’s appeared in commercials, TV stints, as an extra here and there–most notably on HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire,” where she had an opportunity to don her favorite early 20th Century look–and perhaps her biggest gig to date as a competitor in Bravo’s “Rocco’s Dinner Party” series. Natalie’s segment airs this Wednesday at 10:00 pm Eastern. [Take a peak at the trailer for this week's episode of Rocco's Dinner Party.]
During this time, she successfully launched Bella’s Biscotti, named after her daughter Isabella. Her signature biscotti are available on-line and in specialty shops across South Jersey. Natalie has also taken them on the road, as merchant at vendor events and festivals.
I’ve had Natalie on Cucina Chatter as a guest a few times and she’s a hoot. I look forward to her becoming a regular. Because Natalie’s rise in the specialty baking business and acting world is so rapid, I thought I’d Google her to see what media outlets are following this shooting star. [Links to articles about Natalie Stone: South Philly Review, Philadelphia Daily News]
To my surprise, I found another Natalie Stone, on IMDb no less!
OUCH! This is going to be confusing for my friend. And I bet the other actress is using Natalie Stone as a stage name!
What would you do if you were in this situation? I would not change my name, but I might set myself apart by adding a descriptive nickname.
Give Natalie Stone a Nickname!
We’re running another Cucina Chatter contest. Last month we played name the baby. Una Mamma Italiana named her newborn Giuliana Carmela and Mel Sarnese won a copy of “Gravy Wars: South Philly Foods, Feuds & Attytudes.”
This time we’re asking Cucina Chatter followers and listeners to give Natalie a nickname.
- You must watch “Rocco’s Dinner Party” on Bravo this Wednesday night, July 20, 2011 to get a feel for Natalie’s personality.
- After watching the show, log onto this site to submit your nickname for Natalie. No submissions will appear on this blog before 11:00pm EDT, July 20, 2011.
- Valid entrees are those that appear as comments to this blog post only. Facebook submissions will not be eligible for a prize.
- The winner will receive a signed copy of “Gravy Wars: South Philly Foods, Feuds & Attytudes” plus unlimited bragging rights. What did you expect, a million bucks? It’s just for fun!
What I truly love about Natalie is that she is inspiring and very real. Natalie is proof that anything is possible in life regardless the hand you’re dealt.