We had the good fortune of connecting with Nikita Francois and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Nikita, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risks play an essential part in one’s growth. I think you’ll find that most successful people created a foundation of hard work, determination, and risk-taking. Without risk, you’ll find it difficult to grow beyond your comfort zone. Furthermore, taking risks oftentimes opens up new doors of opportunity you may not have previously considered. Taking risks has been a major asset in my career thus far. From relocating to Los Angeles to creating content, without my desire to veer from the norm, I probably wouldn’t have enjoyed some of the most profoundly incredible experiences I’ve had in my life. I bookend most decisions with prayer and research, but I’ve always balanced that by being open to new possibilities.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am an Actor with a passion for storytelling in its many forms. I’m proud of my various leaps of faith throughout my career, as it has afforded me unique and career-changing opportunities. Getting to this point was not without some trials, however, my experiences growing up in NY enable me to tap into my innate tenacity and determination with relative ease. Some of the lessons I’ve learned along the way include never giving up on your natural gifts, always trust your intuition, and whenever you find yourself stuck or in limbo, stop, reassess, and slowly move forward again. If my journey can teach anyone a lesson, it would be to always find the light and have a positive outlook. Hard times are easier to overcome with a positive mindset rather than a negative one.

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?
Some of my go-to spots in LA are the Griffith Observatory, the Getty Museum, Malibu beach, the Venice canals, and hiking up to the Hollywood sign. To eat, my favorites are Porto’s bakery for some delicious Cuban goodies, Fratelli Cafe for brunch, Junbi for Japan-sourced matcha-based boba teas, and Monty’s Good Burger for amazing vegan burgers and fries. 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?
I’d like to dedicate this shoutout to my family, friends, my agent, to Mirko, and everyone who’s working hard every day to make their dreams come true.

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Image Credits
Nikita Francois, Selena Francois, Mirko Urania, Ciji Campbell

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