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Shi Ne (pronounced Sheena) Nielson, daughter of Jong Ok (known by locals as Jackie) and Corry Nielson of East Elk Creek in the New Castle area has landed a part on NBCs ER television show. She has filmed not one, not two, but four episodes, three of which have already aired. The remaining episode will be aired on Thursday, Feb. 5. Her character is listed on the credits as Sheila, a medical student.Her father says Shi Ne always wanted to become an actress. A 1999 graduate of Glenwood Springs High School, she participated in GSHS plays and CMC productions. She studied piano with Barbara Eanes of New Castle.In the fall of 1999, Shi Ne went to Hollywood, Calif., to audition for the American Academy of Dramatic Art. Her talent was so evident that she was accepted and obtained a scholarship for the first year. Shi Ne successfully auditioned to continue and advance for all three years at the prestigious academy. Parents of young impressionable actresses are naturally quite worried about their daughters in Hollywood, especially when they first embark on their careers. Back at home, her parents felt a little less apprehensive because of the Academys professional reputation. Shi Ne currently lives in Burbank and lives the life of a typical budding actress, working in restaurants and fitting all types of auditions into her work schedule. She is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and has an agent and a manager. She has continued theatrical study at South Coast Preparatory.Shi Ne realizes that being an actress is a tough thing because of the incredible competition at all the auditions. She told her parents the first thing the Academy told her was that serious actors must know they are in it for the long run. If students begin to have doubts, thats when they know they are done and to go back home.Shi Ne also told them life as an actress is as hard as she thought it would be, but not harder than she imagined. She is very excited about the ER. gig, and everyone on the set has been very nice and helpful. Shes having lots of fun, and it is a very big deal for her career. Way to go, Shi Ne! Your friends in Glenwood and New Castle will be watching for you Feb. 5 on ER!Speaking of television stars, have you watched Zamboni King Brad Mastro in his commercial for Buzick & Associates during the Colorado Avalanche intermissions? He is wearing a referees jersey and breaks up an altercation at the net between children.Mastro and his wife Donna and their two children live in Elk Creek subdivision outside New Castle. Let the Zamboni King know youve seen his creative commercial the next time you see him. Who knows? Maybe the hockey fanatic will be driving the Zamboni in the next commercial.Go, Avs!Kay Vasilakis column, New Castle News, appears every other Thursday. For news tips and inspirations, please call 984-2308.

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