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Ian Nunney

From Ventura, California, Ian is a Young Artist Academy Awards nominee who has worked with
some of the giants of the industry. As Young Elnor in Star Trek: Picard, Ian’s work with Patrick
Stewart and Jonathan Frakes was his most rewarding experience as an actor. Earning his place
on Fandom, Ian has his own collectible card as Young Elnor.

In addition to acting, Ian sings and plays guitar and he loves to surf, skateboard, and play
basketball. Fun fact: he can solve a 3x3 cube in less than 20 seconds. Keep a look out for this
rising talented young performer!

Young Artist Academy™ Awards
2021 Best Performance in a Streaming Series Role: Young Actor - Nominated
2020 Best Performance in a Commercial Role: Young Artist - Nominated

Academy Activity

41st Young Artist Academy™ Awards 
Nomination Announcements
(Watch for Ian's Nomination at 2:30)

41st Young Artist Academy™ Awards


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Academy Newsletter Interview - November 2020

At 10-years old, Ian Nunney from Ventura, California has already worked with some of the greats of the Entertainment Industry.  Read how the Young Artist Academy™ Award nominee stays connected with contacts despite the pandemic, and what he loves to do when he’s not acting.

I’m born and raised in Ventura, CA.  I knew I wanted to act after watching some Disney shows, particularly A.N.T Farm because in my opinion it looked like so much fun.  Just being able to do all these different things in all the different episodes looked like a blast to me.  They also looked like they were happy to be there.  And my experience on set has made me very happy. 
In Star Trek: Picard Season 1, I was a guest star as Young Elnor.  First, getting the part was exciting.  I auditioned, then met with Director Jonathan Frakes, then had to get network approval, and I booked it!  Around a month later, at the table read, there were many legendary Star Trek actors like Patrick Stewart, Jeri Ryan, Michelle Hurd, to mention a few.  I even got to sit next to writer, Michael Chabon!  I spoke the first Romulan line at the table read and they all clapped for me.  Then on set, I got to film at the Universal Back Lot with about 100 Romulan background actors.  The production was huge, with so many makeup artists! It was insane!  And then, at the Santa Clarita Studios, I got to work with Patrick Stewart and Amirah Vann.  And I still can’t believe I got to fence with Patrick Stewart!  How cool is that?  Even though I did not work with Evan Evagora (Elnor), meeting him at the table read was amazing and I was able to visit him on set one day.
I like pretending to be different people.  It helps me to understand other characters and to put myself in other people’s shoes.  I’m not confined to my personality. I can be whoever I want to be when I am acting.  And acting helps me in real life.  I can be more relatable to a person because I have a sense of how they feel in different situations.  When I am not acting, I like to watch anime, do speed cubing, play video games, play guitar, ride my bike, go skate boarding, and go swimming.
School is easier now because of the distance learning, but I prefer school in real life.  I think that it’s more interactive and I gain more from it.  As far as balancing it with acting, I’m lucky to have my family help me with getting me to auditions and acting jobs, especially my mom.  It helps that my teachers and principal are supportive of my acting.  Whenever I leave class for an audition and come back, my friends always help me and fill me in on what I missed.
My mom and I email and text my managers and agents.  We made postcards to send to casting to thank them for a pin I got after a video audition for a series regular role.  Of course, Zoom has played a big part with acting classes, auditions, and call backs.  Also, I like to keep up with other actors, acting instructors, and of course the Young Artist Academy™ on IG and FB.
Networking Tip: Be yourself. Be social and personable, but not pushy.
Business Advice: Creating a brand that can grow with you is important. Be professional and kind.
Watch for Ian playing the lead role in Cornbread in the short film festival circuit this year!

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