We had the good fortune of connecting with Nicky Egan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nicky, what role has risk played in your life or career?
It’s interesting because I think of myself as a pretty practical, non-impulsive person, which aren’t things you associate with risk, but then when I actually think about the things I’ve done in my life, how I’ve chosen to live, and the career path I’ve chosen, it would probably be defined on the more risk-leaning side. But, I think that’s where risk and non-conventionality get wrongfully placed in the same vein. I believe risk-taking is essential in living one’s full truth and in exploring as much as you can during this short time we have on Earth. Any sort of growth comes with risk factors, so to me, being open to risk is being open to growth and change. I tend to overthink a lot of things, and I’m a bit of a perfectionist. At the same time, I’ve chosen a career path that has no real rules, guide, and can feel a bit like screaming into the abyss at times. But I continue to pursue this career and lifestyle, hyper-aware of all its uncertainties. So that in and of itself is a pretty big risk! I’ve always found, in the moments where I’m doing the thing I love, or have wrapped a project and am seeing the vision come to fruition, I’m at my happiest, and what felt like a risk going in, then feels right. Taking risks has led me to live in cities all over the country, meet incredible people, work with new incredible people, create art I would never have created, and develop a deeper sense of compassion and empathy.
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.
I’m primarily a musician & songwriter, but more and more I like identifying as a creative. I really enjoy the process of learning different crafts, and although I have an issue with not being immediately ‘good’ at things, I’m excited about continually expanding my creative mind through different mediums. The last ten years of my life have mostly been touring, playing and singing for bands as well as my solo project and writing music. I just started the release of my forthcoming record and I’m so excited to begin sharing these songs with the world. I’m really proud of them. We recorded everything to 8-track tape, all analog. I’ve been an independent artist for a long time, and its a lot of work, wearing so many hats. It’s definitely not been an easy road, and I don’t see it ever being ‘easy’ frankly. But I’m doing what I love and I’m really grateful for that. And usually the things that are truly great and bring you real joy require hard work and real dedication. I’m focusing on being intentional and authentic. Giving myself the time and space to create my best work and be my best self while being kind to myself and to those around me. And trusting my intuition. I heard a quote recently, ‘Start where you are, use what you have, do the best you can’, and I think thats a great mantra.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Oo thats a great question! I haven’t been Los Angeles too long myself, so I’m still discovering so many new wonderful places, but lets start with food, because LA does food RIGHT! We’d obviously get tacos, probably once a day at least. There’s a family that posts up with a tent/grill operation in my neighborhood in Mount Washington that are amazing- on the corner of Arvia & Cypress. They make their own tortillas, pineapple on top the meat rotisserie, the whole nine. Bowery Bungalow for Middle eastern food, Lolo’s Wine bar, 1802 Coffee (best homemade cold brew), Night + Market for Thai food, Pace for Italian and a taste of OG canyon vibes. I’d take them hiking on the East side by Echo Mountain, and maybe a sunset hike over in Malibu at Solstice Canyon. Then probably take them out to wherever the homies are spinning records for some fun. Maybe get a nightcap and a proper listening party at In Sheeps Clothing- a dope sort of secret speakeasy/listening room with top notch whisky.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to dedicate my shoutout to my parents, my childhood teachers, my Aunt Margot and the many womxn peers in my life who’ve really empowered me to be my best self.
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