Grieving and healing may seem to be impossible partners, but for others, it takes courage to find healing through grief. Notable Los Angeles costume designer Nancea Ceo walks us through her life experience – from losing her precious daughter and grieving, to becoming sick and going through medication for eleven years, and then finally healing her body and spirit through understanding her life’s purpose. Nancea believes that grieving for her daughter helped her connect to that place where she was with her so that she could get some reprieve from the sorrow. She says even though you are at your worst point, if you work towards healing, everything can be okay.
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Learning About Life Through Grieving And Healing with Nancea Ceo
Tell me a story. I want to hear the pineapple pants story.
At a chiropractor event, we went up there and we were supposed to help out our friend, Dr. Adam del Torto.
If you haven’t followed his podcast on Cranial Facial Release, go check it out.
He’s quite fun and amazing too with that. We’re walking through on the Reno Hotel in Nevada. In the bottom floor, there was this guy who had a Mahalo shirt on and he had these pineapple pants that stood out from a mile away. I said to Taylor, “Let’s go and talk to this pineapple guy.” Taylor’s like, “What are you going to do? Who are we talking to?” It’s interesting because you’ve been watching me all along and how I engage with everybody because I enjoy it.
If you’ve never spent a day with Seany, you don’t understand that he’s going to get into a ten to a fifteen-minute conversation with everyone that you run into. He’s like, “I’m going to talk to this person.” There’s something very beautiful about your ability to connect with people and it’s been something I’ve been working on. Since I moved to LA, I’ve been very into mastering my own health and to me that’s been a very isolated closed off practice and honestly, I don’t go out and talk to random people. I’ve not been very interested in pushing that limit because I got into this bubble of safety and security where you’re always in your own safe zone.
The safe zone is a good thing to look out there too because people don’t want to go inward but at the same time, we’re going to go outward. What we’re looking at there with everyone who’s on Instagram or Facebook or social media or texting, there’s no human connection there. We’re missing that. When we go out in public and whether we work in an event or we’re sitting in a restaurant, I always tell my daughters, it’s so easy to be mean but it’s hard to be nice. If you’re nice to people, they treat you back and create a smile. It wins everything.
I think you touched on the connection piece being so important. I didn’t realize that was happening to me. I was so focused and honed in on a path that I lost touch with connecting with people.
The human touch.
Not necessarily human touch, but connecting with people and being able to relate to someone on their level. Because I was so focused on a path and I got somewhere, but I wasn’t looking at who was around me. I was in my own little world.
It’s tunnel vision.
This is what I’m coming to realize is how important it is to be able to relate to someone on their level and connect with someone on their level. You’re always craving and looking for this connection as a human being. We tend to isolate ourselves in our own little cell phone bubbles.
Back to the pineapple pants story so everybody knows, Gabe Ellis who’s been on the podcast with Mahalo Wellness was wearing these pants at the chiropractic event. I said to Taylor, “I want those pants.” We end up going up to the floor and as we walk in, the first booth is Mahalo and this guy was wearing these pineapple pants. I literally walked up to him and said, “I saw you downstairs, now drop your pants.” That’s how the conversation started and now, they’re an affiliate of ours, which is cool.
The ultimate end of that story is if you’re open to connecting with people and having conversations with random people, there’s potential out there to create these lasting connections and these relationships that everybody can collaborate and win.
Something else to I talked about is the Law of Attraction. If you’re working in a place where you’re calling in certain people in your life, they’re going to show up. I do want to ask you, Taylor, somebody that I’m having fun with, which I’m enjoying, who’s one of our other partners. Tell me about The Gift because I love this stuff.
The Gift which Sean is referencing is this supplement that I came across while I was in my zone of isolation on a very dedicated path of understanding health. Honestly, I probably wouldn’t have found it if I wasn’t focused because I discovered this in this dry, boring book. Please don’t go read it, called Healing is Voltage. I’m that guy who read, but I was following the rabbit trail. What they described is this idea of recreating the nutrition that we’re supposed to get from the soil. The way I tie this all in is if we were living in an ideal world, we’ll be getting all the nutrition we need from the food that we eat. However, we do not live in an ideal world. We live in a world where modern farming practices have depleted all the nutrition in the soil and killed off all of these microorganisms that are helping to recycle and replenish the nutrition of the soil. What this supplement has done, long story short is they’ve taken this nutrient-dense soil from the part of New Mexico and they’ve turned it into a supplement that you can ingest. It’s giving you 72 trace minerals, but it’s also helping you absorb nutrition. It’s helping to heal leaky gut. Do you know what leaky gut is?
I know but share that.
Basically, one of the symptoms that people are experiencing in the world is what they call leaky gut. A big factor in the leaky gut is actually pesticides on food, like Glyphosate also known as Roundup being one of the leading known causes of destroying the gut. This mineral supplement is helping to repair the lining of the gut that may have been damaged from the food that we eat. We have a story of Thai Starkovich who’s the veteran advocate on Team Adventures in Health who I sent this supplement called The Gift. He said he was dealing with indigestion, low-grade migraine headaches. He said within seven days of starting to take this, simple mineral supplement, he was no longer having digestive issues and his headaches were gone.
It’s a calming effect. It calms the nervous system.
Anytime you’re helping to put the body into balance, you’re going to feel a little bit calmer. That’s what this is doing is it’s giving you these resources that as human beings we’re supposed to get. This is supposed to be a natural cycle of life. This is the only supplement that I actively recommend. I’m not much of a supplement guy, but this is one of these foundational elements of who we are.
It’s so easy to use too. I put a teaspoon of it in my coffee every day and everything about it. You get all the minerals I need. I’m looking back at talking about our guest. Tell us how we met her.
Let me finish up on The Gift. If you haven’t checked it out yet, there’s an affiliate tab on our website. That way you can click through and you can learn more about it. Our guests we’ve met at a spot called Creation and tying it all in, it relates to us going to these places that are serving higher quality food with more nutrition so it can help heal. Seany is sitting down and talking to everyone. We sat down and you started talking to this woman named Nancea.
There was a calling and I felt a connection with her at the table next door to us. I heard a couple of things and then we started talking and found out who she was, what she’s done, her journey and what she’s been through. I’ve gotten enlightened. Something inside of me got inspired to keep going on the conversation. It’s remarkable. It put myself into a place of enlightenment and saying to myself, “It’s not about why me anymore, it’s about what’s next.” These stories of her and what we’re encountering are beautiful. You’ll never know when you’re going to meet your next best friend or your next person that can be in your life for a while. If you turn around or look to the side of you and say hi to somebody and hug someone, life’s better.I think grieving is a human experience, and as a mother or a parent or when you love so deeply, you grieve deeply. Click To Tweet
You mentioned the Law of Attraction. Once you start thinking and doing something in a specific direction in your life, the people will start appearing. I think that was one of those moments, sitting next to Nancea and then you being open and willing to connect with her. It’s like you saw an opportunity and you went from it and because of it, we got to hear an amazing story. We got to understand another person on a deeper level and what they’ve been through and what we can all learn from her experience. It was her life experience and her story, but there’s something for us all to learn within that. I think with Nancea, it has to do with how we cope with loss and healing after we lose a loved one.
Tell people how to find us two, Taylor.
We are anywhere a podcast can be found but specifically, we’re looking to send you over to the website since you’re following the podcast. Our website is AdventuresInHealth.tv. If you haven’t been to the website yet, we’ve got a little email list thing running where you’re going to get eleven videos, which I created the foundation of health from my experience in all the different areas of health I’ve been through. Providing free resources so you can start to take action and learn a little bit more about how you can bring health and healing into your life. Please enjoy the interview with Nancea.
Nancea, how are you doing?
Seany, how are you doing?
I’m good. This is going to be a very interesting podcast and I’m excited about it.
Let’s give the audience a little bit about who you are, Nancea, and what you do so we can relate.
My name’s Nancea Ceo and I am a costume designer here in Los Angeles. I was a single mother. I’m divorced and my child was diagnosed with a terminal brain disease. I was living in Colorado at the time. I had a business. I closed the business with myself and my daughter to live with my parents for about a four-year journey of her slowly losing everything: eyesight, ability to walk and talk. It was a very slow long process and her name was Sydney.
When you mentioned the story to us when we first met. Where did we first meet, Sean?
Do you want to tell that story?
We’re sitting on Montana Street in Brentwood and we got done doing Marianna Zimmerman’s Light Therapy. We’re coming out in this sweatbox and we just detoxed a bunch of stuff. Nancea was sitting next to us and I was trying to order some food and she said, “I’m a vegan.” Through that, I was like, “I need to talk to this woman right now.” We struck up a conversation and I always say angels will find you at certain times in your life. You’ve got to be open to hear them and listen to the story and listen to the lesson. Sure enough, Nancea was my angel at that moment. We started talking and started to have a conversation. That’s how it began.
I know in that conversation you had mentioned this about your daughter, but you hadn’t necessarily mentioned that it was a four-year-long process because more than losing a loved one, I imagine this drawn-out process is more of a challenge. Would you say that with so?
Yeah. I do believe that people show up for you when you need them. I was very fortunate to have a woman who also had a child that was terminally ill, the same illness that my daughter had, which was Batten’s disease which was what her diagnosis was. She was very helpful to me about the logistics of handling everything like how to take care of her, how to feed her, what worked and what didn’t work. In the course of that process, I started noticing things that were amazing but hard too. As she loses one ability, she would replace it with some other things. It would be difficult for a minute and then she would move out of it. A minute could be weeks. Losing the ability to see she suddenly loved opera. We play opera for her and she couldn’t talk, but she would make noises as if she was singing along. They were her ways of learning to bring joy into her life, even though her circumstance was very difficult. She then became my teacher even though I was her mother and caretaker along with my mother who was very good.
It sounds like in the face of losing one sense, she started to find the joy of accessing another one.
It was extremely painful obviously for a parent and all those involved to watch it, but all we could do is take care of her and love her. We came to a point where we’d have to put her on a feed tube. I had one pediatrician that was amazing and he said, “It’s your choice.” I had the full custody, so I had full choice. At that point, I had a soul search because she wasn’t ever going to live, but all she could do was wiggle. I made a choice not to put her on the feed tube and let her go. It was tough.
I’m talking about myself. I’ve been on the feeding tube. I have been through brain injuries and I can relate to what you said about the opera. The brain is so interesting and it relearns and re-adapts that when you said her eyesight was going down and her ears were opening up. Coming from my own sense, I shared with Taylor, I couldn’t see, I couldn’t hear but my smell got better. I’m sure that it was happening to her at the same time. With Sydney, I can’t even imagine what you went through and what you’re still going through, but your story is so gorgeous because you discuss what happens next that which was when she passed away. Can you start there and share with us what you went through?
It became very clear that it was time. We had a bed set up in the family room for her and family came and her father came. Everyone that loved her was around the bed and I was with her in the bed holding her. I started to see the soul of her without even knowing what I saw, move up and out of her body, up through her head is the way that went for her and without even thinking I went with her. What felt like an eternity was probably split seconds. In the moment of her death, I crossed over with her and then I was in this incredible place where you are everything and nothing and you are seamless. It’s enormous love and joy beyond anything you could ever imagine. It was interesting because I felt like I was there forever. All of a sudden I heard the nurse say, “We need to take the oxygen off her,” and then I was back and into the room and then I was holding my child who had passed.
What did you see? I know you said it was seconds or you felt like it was an eternity. Were you able to see a white light? Were you able to see colors or smell or feel anything?
No, it was completely feeling for me. I’ve had those other experiences at different times since the passing of my child, but that particular experience with her I wasn’t Nancea anymore. I was all of it is the only way to describe it.
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My sister-in-law who’s very sensitive, she said she felt it too. We were the only two that felt it. She felt it in a moment, but I was more in it.
Was this the first time you personally have had any experience like this?
What was it like coming back from that?
It was hard. It was like coming back to wearing a very heavy dress that didn’t fit you and you couldn’t get the dress off. I had a very difficult time adjusting with the loss of a child, the grief was enormous and it was very difficult for me. It took me quite a while to come back to what’s going on. I searched for answers of what is this and then dealing with enormous amounts of grief.
You mentioned that you underwent this search for understanding after this. When did it begin for you?
It began with Sydney, but then I was medicated. The medical profession doesn’t quite understand the experiences that they can’t find in a box. My experiences were more outside the box. I became very clairvoyant, empathic with very clear audio. All my senses were very intense through the loss of my child and I didn’t understand it either because I didn’t have a context for it at that point. I was medicated for eleven years. I started searching through religions, Native American, I hold a Sikh name. My spiritual teacher was a Sufi. I started reading, studying, doing yoga, anything that would bring me to an answer to what it is that experience was and the experiences I continued to have after that.
Did you feel this process of seeking for understanding was helping you through a grieving process or do you think it was a way to distract yourself?
I think it helps. Anything that helps you along the way that has a road sign is a help. It may not be where you end up, but at least it moves you and keeps you curious because eventually, you get the answer. The answer for me was pretty simple when I finally got it. All that matters is that relationship and in a relationship is understanding deep love for another being. Also, that deep love that you have with yourself. It doesn’t matter how you do that. It doesn’t matter whether you’re Sikh or Sufi or you do Kundalini, it doesn’t matter. It matters that it’s for you. That’s my experience. With the grief with my daughter, it helped me be able to connect to that place that where I was with her so that I could get some reprieve from the grief. Because I think you still have to grieve. Grieving is a human experience and as a mother or a parent or when you love so deeply, you grieve deeply.
I was about to say that deep love is connected with deep grieving. You mentioned you were on medication for eleven years. Do you feel like that blocks your ability to grieve?
Yes. When I got off the drugs, I started getting healthy. I was very cleaned out nutritionally. The drugs weren’t there for what they were for. I’m not clairvoyant. I don’t have that empathy so that I could walk in the world numb.
It was blocking all those extra heightened senses.
I had a nutritionist say to me because I heard something in her office and she said, “I heard it too. You need to learn to live in the world.” She helped me get off the drugs and I did it holistically, but I did it responsibly and carefully. I was very physically fit at that point because it’s not easy to get off heavy drugs physically. I was immediately blasted into all that awareness again very fast and then all the grief came for it. What I realized is the drug stop the grief process. The eleven years that I wasn’t grieving all came back very quickly because you don’t get around not grieving. At least in my experience, you have to and you can do it any way you want. It’s part of a process so that you can learn to let go and live again and have a beautiful life.
I’ll say this to you too with going through the trauma of anyone. The first thing that the doctors are going to do is give you the meds to numb you and it works at that moment. I’ll tell you, I’m going through it at the moment and decreasing my meds, but the grieving starts when you’re able to be free of that numbing sensation. I’m proud of you because I can’t imagine what you’ve gone through, but you’ve got to clean up your body through the nutrition. What Taylor speaks about a lot on our podcast is cleaning up the gut and those drugs, I swear, get into your gut and do some hard stuff to us.
I have to be perfectly honest. For me, they took away the joy. There was no way I was going to have that kind of joy again, even though I felt like I did. I was going through life feeling like everything’s perfect. I’ve survived this but nothing felt creative like it does off those drugs or joyful to the intensity that I have now. All the gifts that I was fortunate to have because I feel they’re fortunate. I’ve learned to turn them on and turn them off. That’s the key. You approach them as a gift like anything. I’m a costume designer. I still have to learn how to put a garment together before I can design a garment. It’s learning those steps with your gifts so that you can use them to help yourself and to help others.
Do you have any advice in terms of practical practices you can get into to help? If someone is out there who maybe has had this experience of being overwhelmed by their senses, what has helped you and what will help someone else to turn these switches on and off and manage the experience?
You have to be very conscious of your thoughts for one thing and recognize. When my gifts would kick in or my clairvoyance-y would kick in at something that I just said, “I don’t feel like playing,” and I’d turn away. You empower yourself, you have full control over all of that. It’s learning to work with it. It’s like getting a PhD without reading the book. You just got the PhD, you have to go back and read the book. That’s the way how I describe it when you have those experience.
You’ve thrown in the deep end.
I was in the deep end and suddenly had to swim. I was like, “Somebody throw me something.” I swim and there’s no perfect way to swim. You have to decide you’re going to swim. Coming out of the grief and with gifts, my tools get into nature, meditation, laugh, surround myself with people and work. Sometimes I don’t want to do any of those practices. I want to work. When I work, I’m creative too so I do it in a different way. There’s no real way to do it. It’s finding what works for you. There are so many tools out there than there was when this all happened to me. Podcast is a tool than there used to be.
I want to make a comment there. For anyone out there who follows the podcast, I don’t share this much but you’re getting it to come out at me. I will say if you’re finding yourself having the gifts, don’t fight them. Enjoy them and seek help because there are people out there like Nancea and myself and others who can guide you. Don’t run from them because you can’t run away from your gifts. Whether or not you crossover or whether or not you’re clairvoyant or whether or not you’re psychic. This stuff does exist. It’s you wanting to be open to it all.
I have different degrees of friends that have different gifts and some don’t have any of these gifts.
Isn’t that fun? Those parties are great. You get some wine and then people start talking. I’ve got a friend who was on the show, Mark. He’s a medium psychic and he’s wonderful and he’s very good at what he does. He came for dinner and people wanted to talk to him the whole time because of what he does. We have friends with gifts and friends that don’t have gifts and if you’re open to it, it’s like being open to religion. It’s like believing in a Higher Being, believing in a God, believing in faith. You spoke about the religion side of things. I love that because I think we’re all about love and we’re all about the same religion. We’re based on that. You talked about once you leave this body, there is a heaven out there and there is something better than where it is now. When your time comes it’s okay to let go.Grief is part of a process so that you can learn to let go and live again and have a beautiful life. Click To Tweet
I think what you’re touching on, which resonated with me, was that it doesn’t matter what road you take to find peace and happiness and love in your life, as long as you find that place. It could be Kundalini, it could be meditation, it could be whatever resonates with you, but when you find that and you feel that, then you want to share that.
I think people do it in different ways. I think surfing, you find it or having a horse and riding a horse, you find it. Some people find it giving lectures. You’ve talked about this, Sean, it’s about purpose. It’s finding where your purpose lies and it does its best.
It’s your passion. Going back to touching on this again, because I’m such a big advocate on it is that I don’t recommend anybody going off their meds cold turkey. Do it with a professional. Do it with a source of why you want to do it. Some people do it because of ego and it never works that way. Taylor, who’s never been addicted to drugs, but he has some special tips and very good at what he does to clean the body. If you ever want to tune into him on that side, he’s got a whole bunch of things on how to detox. The first thing you’ve got to do is purge yourself of all these meds in order to then see the light.
Because you’re experiencing it, Sean, and I’ve gone through it, I had a team and it was intense. Because they were psychotropic drugs, not just drugs for pain, I had to recalibrate my brain chemistry. I was strong-willed and maybe that’s where my daughter was with me more. She was around, I felt that a lot. You realize that for me the strength of love was in love of self is big and that’s part of what drives you through.
How do you find that if you’re experiencing a lot of mental anguish or physical pain or emotional pain especially if you’re detoxing? How do you still find that thread of self-love?
It wasn’t easy for me. Part of it for me was I was competitive. When I met my spiritual teacher and was teaching me how to navigate through all this stuff. This is another interesting story. I had a dream, I saw him in a dream and then I was drawn to someone’s office and this is about paying attention and then there he was. He knew who he was and he knew who I was. He knew a lot more than I did. What I realized was that the world, if you say, “This is what I want,” and mean it from your heart, then people come. Like you said with an angel, Sean, they come and they guide you and they help you. You just have to pay attention. Even in my darkest hours, and I had a lot of them, I kept saying, “Maybe I need to go through this so I don’t ever have to go through it again.” That became helpful for me.
I think that right at the end there what you said is perfect because a lot of times we try and run away or we try and resist an experience that we’re having. If we let it happen and allow it to happen and go through it, it sucks but on the other side, there’s peace.
There are definite stages to grief if anything of loss and just riding the stages. That’s the one thing I did learn about drugs that I thought were interesting was that they too had a rhythm. You get off them, you go through heavy detox for a short period of time and then it opens up and it becomes amazing. You have to drop it again. You know it’s coming and so you brace yourself and prepare yourself. I used to run in the mountains to deal with the angst of the drugs and then it opens up again. Life is a rhythm, grief has a rhythm. My daughter, it’s a long time that she’s been gone and I still have moments of grief where it’s like yesterday. They hardly ever happen but when they happen, I’m like, “Here we are. What are you going to do to honor this and be in it?” Put a time limit on it and grieve her because that’s okay.
It’s well-said because I tell people, “If you keep moving, you’re going to improve. It’s okay to be in that moment but get off of it as fast as you can.” That’s when I learned to meditate, I learned to visualize. I am learning the yoga again and I find things that make me happy, then I’d take care of myself. Because when you’re grieving and you’re going through that harsh stuff, it’s tough to get motivated. You keep beating yourself up and beat up everyone next to you. I’m learning from you, find joy and happiness. Life is for living on that level.
I would say human existence. I don’t know why because we’re informed, we’re embodied and we’re having relationships. No one’s life is completely perfect. Everyone has something that is tragic that has happened in their life and they’re all different. Some you may say they’re more than others looking on the outside, but it’s still theirs. There’s comfort in that too. Know that everyone’s life is a journey and it’s a flow and sometimes it flows and sometimes it doesn’t. How you are in those moments where it doesn’t flow or before it picks back up because it will, that’s one thing I can say without a doubt, your life will always get better even though you’re at your worst point. If you allow it and work toward it, everything will be okay. It’s how you are in it that makes the difference.
You’re talking about presence right there at the end, being in it. I’m wondering too going back to your search for understanding and your search for meaning, do you have any fun stories from that time in your life when you were seeking and searching?
After my child died and I left, I got a call from a producer to come and do a show in Park City, Utah. He goes, “You have to work as a local.” I left with a car and $600 in my pocket. I said, “Sure.” I ended up living in Park City for four years beyond that. I used to hike a lot in the woods and listen. Of course, my sensitivities were there too even though I was medicated. As I started, the fun thing is when I made that decision that I wanted to open up. A spiritual teacher arrived and helped me navigate me and simultaneously doors would open. It’s wild experiences. People would show up and guide me. I know one experience when I decided that I wanted to get a Sikh name, I went up to Berkeley.
What is a Sikh so we can cross that t and dot that I?
I do a lot of Kundalini yoga, which made my senses even stronger. I decided I was going to go meditate up in the Napa Valley, in the mountains on a cot and do chanting all night. First, I was going to go to the five-star hotel in Berkeley into a spa thing before I went and do that. I went there and floated and enjoyed that experience. I did the three nights on the cot and chanting all night. Driving home back to Santa Monica, I realized and I was thinking about it, “There’s absolutely no difference from my experience of being in that spa to the chanting all night.” I realized it’s how I show up for it. I think it’s true of every experience I’ve had. I had a friend who was Native American. I started studying Native American traditions. For a while, I have an eagle feather in ceremony for healing that he gave me. I’ve been to Peru with the Shamans down there. For a while, I was a pipe carrier for a shaman. I immersed myself in these rituals to keep myself connected to that love that I felt with my daughter and to try to find out where is this place. When the understanding came to places within us all, it doesn’t matter. I had another unfortunate circumstance where I had a very severe car accident. After that, people would come up to me and start saying, “Who are you? You’re not from here.” It’s interesting.
I love the stories of adventure because I find it so interesting in what we do in response to an event in our lives. Sometimes for you, it was in response to your child passing, it sent you on this soul-searching type of mission. What I’ve realized, at least in my own experiences, we’re all seeking in a way. It’s a matter of how our own life steers us towards whatever it is we’re seeking.
As you said that, I had a thought. I remember my second open dive. I went to the Galapagos Islands to dive with sharks. The experience was also religious because I got to feel the rhythm of the Earth in the sea. Anything can inform you who you are if you’re willing to pay attention and listen and allow. The searching for me was trying to explain something that I already had the answer to.
Is that scary at all diving with the sharks?
I was the first one up. I thought I had it under control, but I didn’t.
You’re willing to go there and I think that’s admirable.
That’s the key. Are you willing to go there?
That’s a great way to put it.
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I want to ask you one more question. What’s your inspiration?
I think allowing myself to sit with how amazing this world is and life is and how fortunate I am. I’m inspired by that and love.
Thank you, Nancea. That was nice.
I love it, unbelievable. You surrender yourself and that’s great.
- Nancea Ceo
- Dr. Adam del Torto– Previous episode
- Mahalo Wellness
- Healing is Voltage
- Thai Starkovich – Previous episode
- The Gift
About Nancea Ceo
Nancea Ceo, costume designer, has a painterly approach to costumes, visualizing the writer’s words, the production designer’s sets and the director’s vision as a work of art, moving and multi-layered, and from this, she draws a fabric skin for each character.
In fittings, the character is revealed fully. She always works to better tell a visual story through character. Currently, Nancea created costumes for The Originals, nominated for best cinematography, ASC Award, for Kurt Jones DP. In 2011, Nancea costume designed, Awkward, a winner of the 2012 People’s Choice Award for Comedy TV Series and The Hard Times of RJ Berger, winner of the Teen Choice Award for Best Breakout Show.
She also provided assistant costume design for the 2010 CDG Award-winning Crazy Heart, starring Jeff Bridges, also an Oscar Award-winning film. Nancea is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, RISD, with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art. She majored in fashion design and minored in painting and glass blowing. During her studies, she owned a glass jewelry company, Apparel Art, and was assistant to the curator in the historical costume and textile division of RISD’s museum.
She co-owned a sportswear company, CEO international, in Boulder, Colorado, which the Denver Post named as a best forefront woman’s sportswear company in the late 80s. In between TV and film projects, Nancea cultivates her interests in art, architecture, fashion, meditation, yoga, surfing and in international world cultures through travel, which all influence her creative work.