PUTTING on a school uniform for her first feature film role felt strange for Nikki Webster. Now 23, many remember her as the cute, curly blonde-haired girl who flew through the air at the Sydney Olympics opening ceremony in 2000.
“I think a part of me will always be that little girl at the Olympics,” she said. “It’s why I’m here today and it was such a wonderful experience and more people remember that about me.”
Ms Webster was excited about her role as one of the “exclusives” at the school in Short Beach. “It felt freaky putting a school uniform on again,” she said of her film role. “Feature films are something very new and exciting for me and it came out of the blue.”
Ms Webster has many projects including her dance school and talent and modelling agency on Parramatta Rd, Stanmore.
“We opened the talent agency over a year ago and we’ve got 32 clients aged 0-17,” Miss Webster said.
She said her film experience will feed back into the agency, which she started with her brother, Scott, and agent Cimone Grayson. “Getting hands on experience allows me to give feed back to my clients and tell them what I’ve learnt on set,” she said.
“I’m also writing lots of music with different writers and producers.”
The dance school has seven teachers and the business is continually growing.
“I’ve been so busy since I was 13 so I’m very used to being busy,” Ms Webster said.
2000 Performed in the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games opening ceremony.
2001 Her first pop single, Strawberry Kisses, opened at No. 2 and was nominated for an ARIA in the highest-selling album and single categories.
2001 Starred as Dorothy in Australian production of Wizard of Oz.
2002 Released second album Bliss.
2005 Participated in TV dance show Dancing with the Stars.
2007 Starred in musicals Hair and Rent.
2008 Opened dance studio with brother Scott.
2009 Opened talent and modelling agency.
Source: The Inner-West Courier (digital edition)