We had the good fortune of connecting with Nick Apostolides and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nick, can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Seemingly all of my life I have gravitated towards connection. Connection with myself, my family, friends and even strangers alike. Interpersonal relationships account for an enormous source of my energy so it doesn’t surprise me that I aim to incorporate it into much of what I pursue as an adult – or it naturally finds its way in…. I began acting over a decade ago with the intention of positively affecting the way people thought about certain areas in their own lives. I was greatly moved by cinema growing up, and I wanted to serve as a vessel for a similar impact on others – to reach an audience I would likely never even meet. This evolved and the “plan” started to reveal itself. Fast forward 5-6 years when persistence presented me 2 opportunities within the industry that aligned perfectly with my path… 1) I now work as a Host/Builder on an international Docu-build show called THE FIXERS (https://www.byutv.org/thefixers).
Over the past 2 years, my team and I have traveled to 14 different countries, and filmed 17 episodes (almost wrapped on season 2). What do we do? We partner with incredibly special non-profit organizations with very particular needs, provide assistance, resources and man-power and together, we help them achieve their goal. The focus is community-building. Whether it’s providing clean drinking water and renovating a condemned school for a village of 800 people in Nicaragua, building a Horse Therapy ranch for orphans with special needs in Bulgaria, or constructing a skilled-trades workshop for single women in Ecuador, we address a need, break through the language barrier, learn from each others culture, CONNECT with the community, build our hearts out for one week and bring awareness to AMAZING movements of positivity. Our projects have helped literally 10’s of thousands of people around the globe. Its the most rewarding project I’ve ever been a part of. 2) I’ve been a gamer all of my life (over 3 decades!) A few years ago I learned that you could have a viable career acting IN THEM as a Motion Capture Performer. Long story short….the first video game I ever booked happened to be within my favorite franchise of all time = RESIDENT EVIL. I got to portray the lead role – a very famous character in the 25 yr series – Leon Kennedy. Resident Evil has a giant and loyal fan-base. I’ve enjoyed a good amount of exposure since the game’s release in Jan 2019. Why is this all relevant? It took me a year and a pandemic to understand how I could best use the exposure to serve my initiative of connection. Depression and social anxiety are not uncommon struggles in the varying generations of the gaming community – they never were. Our (largely) isolated 2020 has not done much to help these struggles and so I realized that simple presence online with streaming / charitable events online (in lieu of convention attendance) has actually made a difference for a lot of people. It is all about connection, laughing, having fun and reminding people that we’re all in the same boat – reminding people that life is not perfect, but it IS worth it . When you have peoples undivided attention, it’s easy to influence, share positivity and offer different perspectives. I also do personalized shout-outs through an app called Cameo – 60-70 % of which are requests for “pep-talks”; another avenue to share my core beliefs of optimism. And finally, as an artist, I take drawing commissions requests and help to lift up other artist with my social media platform. If my business, my work and my energy can continue to show people how they can live in a state of GRATITUDE, then I can look back on my decisions and smile knowing that I served the community the best way possible. At the end of my time, the connections I had in life will be the only things that mattered.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do?
I have always been a “hobby guy”. I have enjoyed the arts nearly every year of my life (first passion being drawing at age 3). I sketched, designed, doodled for 2 decades but this recent quarantine was the first time in my adult life where I could actually slow down and really dive in. I used the extra time to challenge myself and have since actually started a small commission business! Resident Evil monsters and characters make up most of the demand but ho knows where this will lead!? I am in the process of building my portfolio now. I am evolving my style with every single piece and I am ready to move on to project #7 during quarantine. Over the years I added building, crafting, sculpting, music (guitar) and culinary to that interest list. Creating with my two hands will never lose it’s intrigue. I worked in various trades for over 15 years and that has only complemented my industrious know-how. I first started burning custom wood signs as gifts for friends and family, but I am now adding that to my commissions skill portfolio. I pour my heart into my pieces/creations and it because of the personal nature of each one, it further connects me with the customer. I am very excited for this new venture and it is absolutely a bright side to this particularly hard year. As I say, there are silver linings ALL AROUND US – you just need to keep your eyes open to see them.
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?
BIG ON FOOD! Spitting some out in no particular order: – MOTO AZABU for sushi in Marina Del Rey – SALSA N BEER for Mexican in NOHO – BABY BLUE BBQ in Venice – PORTOS for pastries/lunch/treats in Burbank – PLAYA PROVISIONS for seafood in Playa Del Rey – MOZZA for pizza in Mid-City – BRUS WIFFLE for chicken n waffles in Venice – GREEN TABLE CAFE for the best Vegan in Culver City I’d take us indoor rock-climbing at Cliffs of ID, then hop on a breezy ride down the coast to grab some Crab Mac n Cheese at Playa Provisions. Then enjoy the sunset on the beach…..how romantic. I’d also have to share Venice beach with them at least once during the day – the boardwalk is quintessential LA and there’s not really any place like it. At some point I’d love to have a few roof-top drinks some place down-town and finish off the week with a road trip to either Solvang, Lake Arrowhead or Santa Barbara.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to give a shout-out to BCII (Brentwood Communications International, Inc) and BYUtv for the opportunity to travel and build with The FIXERS. I’d like to also thank CAPCOM (game developer) for giving me the chance to work in my favorite game franchise of all time. There are too many individuals to thank though they ALL matter and played a crucial role in who I am today. Ultimately it is my loving parents who have had a sustained supportive influence on my creativity and taught me the importance of both recognizing and caring about the human condition.