Interview With Nik (@therealnik._)


Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
I was a very active child, always “getting into something”. I can vividly remember multiple instances where I got myself into trouble, especially with my mom. My mom was a strong woman, but after her divorce, she became very depressed and turned to alcohol for relief. Her alcoholism made her abusive and made it difficult for me to be myself. I knew that the life I had with her wasn’t one that I wanted for myself so I reached out to my grandmother in Arizona and eventually I was able to move with her. There, I was able to envision a life better than the one I had imagined for myself in Detroit. Although my life was better in Arizona, I couldn’t fight the urge to build a relationship with my mom. Missing her was enough for me to move back to Detroit, but that was short-lived. I ended up moving to LA with my dad, and honestly, that’s where the change happened. That’s where I realized that I was dreaming too small, and so were my people back in Detroit. You can’t do better when you don’t know better. We didn’t know about the type of lives that people were living all around the world, and I want to change that. The people in Detroit deserve to know that there’s a better life out there waiting for them, and I want to help them achieve that; starting with my sisters. That’s why I moved back to Detroit the last time. I want to help them obtain a better life for themselves and the generations to come. This is why I’ll be partnering up with Smokecamp Chino to start S.R.T records, A label for young people with talent who went through extraordinary events in their life.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this?
The most interesting moment of my life was having my child. My little girl changed everything, for the best of course. She’s amazing, and she opened up my heart to the world. Because of her, I felt strong enough to take my little sister in. She’s been living with me, and watching her grow has been so eye-opening. I love being able to watch her deal with her own societal problems as a 17-year-old without the stressors I had to, and watching her do it in a less aggressive way is teaching me to be more gentle myself.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
The best advice that I can give is to never overestimate what you can do in a year, and don’t underestimate what you can do in a decade. Change takes time, but it’s worth the hard work and patience… as long as you have the people that you love embarking on the journey with you.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
I want to start off by saying it takes a village! The person that made the greatest impact on my life is my grandma though. I really want to thank her for showing me unconditional love, that’s free of judgment. I really miss her, I could talk to her about anything. She gave me the best advice about life, and I carry it with me every day. I’m also grateful for the love of my sisters. Sometimes, knowing that there are people out there that care about you is all that you need. My sisters and I share love and PTSD, but regardless we are each other’s happy place.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
So far I’ve reached out to families who went through similar events I went through in my household. I helped them understand that there is help out there. Nobody forgot about you . There are people out there who went through traumatic events that notice you
Do you have a favourite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
Don’t underestimate yourself
How can our readers follow you on social media?
They can follow me on Instagram @ Therealnik._
Anything specific you’d like to have mentioned in the article?
In 2023 I and Smokecamp Chino will be looking for talent across the entire country. Anybody who thinks they have what it takes to be apart of S.R.T records feel free to email me at [email protected]