We had the good fortune of connecting with Niki Borger and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Niki, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
Everybody wins. It’s as simple as that. Everybody involved in my projects considers their participation to be a net-win for them. Whether it’s the people in front of the camera, behind the camera, or those watching the show – everybody feels like they benefitted from their participation. And that’s what is most important to me. You don’t just trade one thing for another. You’re making a win out of it, because what we create together is so much bigger than what everyone could do by themselves.
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 work as an actor, screenwriter and producer. What sets my work apart from others is a level of authenticity you don’t always get in TV or movie productions. To me, multidimensional characters, that are relatable, authentic, somewhat hurt, but strong from the inside are most interesting. Hence, that’s the kind of characters I write and the kind of roles I want to play. When Covid-19 hit and productions shut down, I started focusing on pre-production work that I could do from home. I did a lot of writing and pitching, which lead to several deals, to be filmed in the next years. Was it easy? Not at all. There was so much to learn, so many things that didn’t work out. So many times, I felt like banging from one wall into the next. But ultimately it all worked out amazingly. And I can’t wait to get on set in 2021 and to actually film what I’ve been working on all this year.
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.
Personally, I love hanging out in downtown Burbank. I love the vibe around that area and there’s always something going on. My favorite snacks there are Noah’s NY Bagels and Cookie Dough Dreams. Next on the list is definitely the hike to Wisdom Tree and from there to the top of the Hollywood sign. And after that, some cheesecake, Chai Latte and networking at Aroma Café in Studio City.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Wow, where to start? There’s my manager, Kevin C. Kellum, who has believed in me when no one else did. There’s my agent, Chris Montgomery, who supported me beyond measure with getting a visa and being able to stay in the US. There’s my family back in Germany, that supported me, even though they thought it was absolutely crazy what I was doing. There are my friends, all around the world, who know how to lift me up whenever I need it. Success is never a single person, it’s always a team effort. And I’m really blessed to have the best team behind me.