We had the good fortune of connecting with Nikky T and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nikky, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
The biggest takeaway I have ever learned in life is to “love what you do.” The one thing that sets me apart from others is my passion – it drives me forward every single day. To me, passion is like a burning candle that never dims nor burns out, it stays lit purely for the satisfaction of its lifespan. With that being said, I chose my career as a creative in music because I love being surrounded by my passion. I love waking up with lyrics in my head, a melody on my tongue, and a heart beating of joy. Music brings a certain kind of happiness that is unexplainable, it is something that I know will always be there; it will never leave me, it will never turn it’s back on me, it will always be there for me to fall back on. In a career of uncertainty I know with certainty that my creative field will always empower me to be the best artist, singer, songwriter, dancer and creative I can be.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
What most people don’t know or see is that I built my brand, career and talent on my own. I had no one introducing me, no one holding my hand, and no one to turn to for help. This foundation of work ethic that I have created is what I believe sets me apart from others and is what I am most proud of. Everything I know about the music industry was taught from first hand experience or by mistakes I had to learn along the way. I believe this was the best way for me to learn because I now take these lessons with me everywhere I go and apply them to my everyday life and career. Not only has this helped me build my interior – mentally and emotionally, but it has also helped build upon my exterior – developing thick skin. As a woman in the industry I do my best to make sure I am not getting taken advantage of, or that I am not left with the short end of the stick. I have learned to move with beauty, grace, and knowledge.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
As a person born and raised in San Diego, CA this is going to be hard because I think San Diego has the best views, beaches, restaurants, and nightlife. I would say for the beach I would go biking around Coronado Island and then after enjoy a nice drink at the famous Hotel Del Coronado. For young adults Pacific Beach has the best spots for beachfront rooftops and partying by the sea. Jet skiing, boating, surfboarding and rollerblading is something I always recommend to people visiting Pacific Beach and Mission Beach. If you want a classy spot La Jolla is a great place to have a stroll, get some coffee, have a bite to eat, and go shopping etc. I like looking at the mansions on the hills, because I hope one day I will be lucky enough to live there. P.S there is a beautiful secret hike I like going on above the La Jolla Shores! Last but not least, my favorite – downtown San Diego, which is where I lived most of my life! Downtown is always a fun, hyped, loud, and clean city that I enjoy getting drinks, and eating at. The vibrant city lights and fun people always invite me for a good time in the town!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
In the world of music, there are endless amounts of people that have helped me get to where I am today. This industry is built on relationships and connections that transponds into getting you through the door. I have so many people to thank for that. Any DJ, fan, friend, artist, producer, event organizer, photographer, videographer, choreographer, interviewer, radio host, or anyone I have come into contact with who has either supported, pushed, recommended, or even worked with me I give my sincerest gratitude. The entertainment world is a hard industry to go into so any support at all inspires me to go harder than I did yesterday. Thank you to all who continuously believe in me and support my dreams.
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