The internet allows us the opportunity to come across people we might otherwise have never known. Living in a little, big city like Philadelphia, it’s easy to cross paths with what feels like every artist in town, and then there’s the occasional person who seems to know everyone you know, frequent places you often go, and yet you never have the privilege to meet them in person. This has inspired me to use the internet, often a tool of mass distraction, as a tool for introduction. I’ve seen much of Nik Hampshire in the digital world, so I decided to get in touch with him and learn more about him as a person. I was curious to know what makes this incredibly attractive gentlemen tick… so I went inside the green room.
When you were a wee lad, looking bright eyed into the future, what did you imagine you would be doing for a living as an adult?
NH: Honestly I had no idea. I’ve always been a kid at heart and never really wanted to do something I didn’t want too. I wanted to be an actor but didn’t think it would ever happen. I went to school for business but hated all the courses so immediately changed to a communications degree in film. I didn’t even want to work in film like that, I just really love films and wanted to take classes on them. So I’ve just kind of followed whatever my heart said and what felt right at the time. Very much go where the wind blows me.
I understand you pride yourself in living life as close to your way as you can, what does that mean for you?
NH: It basically boils down to a philosophy I try to hold to in life that I’ve come up with: do more of what you love and less of what you don’t. I see so many people so entrenched in work and obligations waiting and waiting to get to do what they want without realizing there may be better ways to achieve what they want. I just think people should learn to prioritize their goals and passions better so they can lead happier more rewarding lives. It’s all about positivity and love.
I once read that in life, we spend much of our energy fighting what is, and we either eventually submit to the will of the universe or we experience what is usually a rude awakening, that leads us back on the right path. Have you experienced either?
NH: I feel like I’ve always kind of danced around that “which is”. I mean I’m not like totally off the grid or revolutionary or anything so I’m certainly part of that “what is” but I’ve been fortuitous and worked hard to live life by my own terms quite a bit. It definitely is a bit of a struggle at times where you feel that pressure but I prefer this struggle to resist and enjoy life outside that to the struggle of not drowning in the “way life is”. That cubicle, 9-5 corporate struggle is just the death of the soul for someone like me.
How did you start rapping?
NH: Well I’d been a fan of hip hop and rap since I was a kid but never even considered trying it myself until a friend of mine had started. Animatronic the Abolisher is my best friend from New Hampshire (where I’m from) and I foolishly thought “damn if this white boy from New Hampshire can do it I MUST be able to do it too! Little did I know this was nonsensical logic and he’s to Thai day a MUCH better MC than I am but I’ve have a passion for music and rapping that i love to give in to. Animatronic and I have a rap group together called ‘folklore’. Look for our debut album later this year. ( free mixtape at http://www.soundcloud.com/folklorelives)! You can find my solo stuff at http://www.soundcloud.com/lumberjackraps
What do you most love about modeling?
NH: My favorite part about modeling is the opportunities it’s given me! It’s allowed me to travel and work outside of that typical 9-5 world and I’ve met SO many great passionate people following their own creative paths and I love every second of it!
Where do you find your inspiration?
NH: Experience is really my biggest inspiration. Traveling and meeting people. Trying new things. I just really love life and channeling my love for it through my actions and art.
What do you want most out of life?
NH: I just want to be happy, man. I’d like financial stability. I’d love to buy my moms a house. I’d love to meet Kanye west! But at the end of the day I just want to experience as much of this life as I can. That will make me happy.
What is the biggest struggle you have overcome in your life?
NH: I moved around a lot as a kid and so I was often the new kid in school. Because of this (and because I was kind of annoying) I lost a lot of friends and felt a lone a lot up through college. It affected my self esteem to a degree and how I saw my self. Despite these issue I took that time alone to work on myself and figure out who I was what I really wanted to get out of this life and I’m strong snd as confident as ever!
What do you most enjoy about life?
NH: Pizza aside, I’d have to say love. I know that’s a really broad answer but the positive vibes I get from being with family or hanging with friends or even meeting other artists pursuing their passions is so beautiful. It’s so rewarding and enriching. I love trying new things and meeting new people and just receiving and sharing as much love as I can!
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
NH: Hopefully the moon! What’s good with them commercial lunar flights NASA?! Nah but for real I really can’t say. As I said, I really am just going with the flow and floating wherever life blows me. In 10 years I hope to still be as free as I am now but maybe just a bit more established. Maybe I have ill have some kids. Maybe I’ll have a talk show! Who can say!
We’re excited for you and all that your future holds. If you want to keep up with Nik, follow him on Instagram!
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