You might’ve seen Nikki Howard on the walls of Equinox Fitness or in an Old Spice commercial. She’s worked with Sprite, GMC, Lucky Brand, Xbox, Bose and American Express. Not only is she a model but she’s an actress and is slowly looking to step in the comedy world.
Born in New York and raised in Boca Raton, Florida, she’s a mix of Russian, Polish and Turkish which gives her a distinct look. In high school everyone knew her as the class clown and she joked around a lot, was on the dance team and worked at Starbucks. One of the biggest struggles she’s had to overcome was the death of her father who had committed suicide when she was a kid. What’s she's learned from this experience is that everyone has a story to tell.
Nikki went on to attend New York Conservatory For Dramatic Arts for two years and spent sometime in the city getting her name out there. She then moved out to LA where she now resides and is grateful for all the opportunities she’s had in the past. With her first stand up gig at Flappers Comedy Club not too long ago, she wants to continue to test and try comedy outlets and see where it takes her.
In this episode Nikki discusses how living in New York taught her how to hustle and make things happen for herself, getting up every morning at 4:50AM and hitting the gym is a must, being confident in yourself and not being afraid of “no’s”, we all want to be around people that make us feel good, finding ways to make a living doing the things you love to do and you won’t know the full story until you ask.
Podcast Outline (Time Markers For Audio Version Only)
Nikki Howard today is a 26 years young actress and model who is making her way into comedy
Born in New York, grew up in Boca Raton, Florida (5:10)
Influences of being Russian, Polish & Turkish (7:30)
Single mom raised Nikki and her older brother, played a heavy influence on who she is today (9:25)
Was class clown in high school, on dance team and worked at Starbucks (12:25)
Attended New York Conservatory For Dramatic Arts to pursue acting (13:45)
Locked in her first modeling gig at the age of 16 (17:55)
Losing her father to suicide when she was a child (21:45)
Working with Equinox, Sprite, GMC, Old Spice, Lucky Brand, Xbox, Bose, American Express (27:35)
Having a passion to make people laugh (39:40)
First stand-up gig at Flappers here in LA (43:05)
As long as she feels good in herself, that’s all that matters (48:05)
Waking up at 4:50AM every morning (58:35)
Nikki’s purpose is to make people laugh (60:25)
Ask Bobbbaaaay 1 question: How long did it take you to grow the beard? (61:20)
Picture frame on the wall 10 years from now, what/who do we see? (63:25)
Find Nikki on social media
Advice for finding a passion/purpose (66:30)
You can make jobs from the stuff you like to do, be aware of the options you have
Be open to meeting people