We had the good fortune of connecting with Nikita T. Hamilton and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nikita, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking.
I think about risk as something that should be approached cautiously and thought through thoroughly (not your typical risk-taker here haha). However, at the end of the day, risk is a little bit like faith: there’s a point at which you just have to jump and hope you’re right. Taking risks has played a big part in my career. It was a risk to leave the academic path that I’d been on for 5 years to try and become a TV writer. It was a risk to quit a steady production job I’d only started three weeks prior for a 10-week gig as a Writers’ Assistant, and it was a risk to quit a Showrunner’s Assistant job with no back-up plan because of the hostile work environment. Each of those risks got me to where I am in my career, and who I am as a person, today.
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.
My art is telling stories in the most engaging, heartwarming, and hopefully funny ways possible. My first staffing job was on Freeform’s “The Bold Type” and I was recently staffed on ABC’s A Million Little Things. It should now be abundantly clear that I like a good laugh and saying, “I’m not crying, you are.” I think something that sets me apart as a writer is my existence at the intersection of drama and comedy, and the intersection of industry and academia. Not a lot of people fit that bill and it’s my comfort zone. Getting to where I am today was a mix of hard work, preparedness, and luck. They were all integral. The hard work and preparedness are on you. The luck is annoyingly on its own timeline. If there’s a lesson I’ve learned so far, it’s to respect others and to respect yourself always. I think that lesson works for every work and life interaction.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
I love the assumption that I leave me house enough to know cool spots. I’d probably take them to Malibu for some beach time with a bag full of Trader Joe’s snacks more than once. We’d definitely go to Mama Shelter for drinks and/or brunch, Gracias Madre for lunch, and Silverlake Ramen at a time when it’s too late to be eating, but who cares it’s delicious ramen! EP&LP for drinks at some point. Night + Market, Little Fatty, and Pho Saigon, and Meals by Genet dinners are a must. Stops at The Getty, The Broad, LACMA, CAAM would also be great. I would also ask my cooler friends where a good party was going on because I’d have no clue.
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?
Black women deserve credit and recognition in my story. There’s no better cheer or cheer-up squad in the world. From Black women I’ve known for my entire life (hey Mom and Grandma!) to ones I’ve known for over a decade to ones I’ve only passed by on the street for a few moments, I’ve been uplifted.
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