Today we’d like to introduce you to Nicholas Zibro.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Nicholas. So, let’s start at the beginning, and we can move on from there.
It all started once when as soon I was able to pick up a crayon and draw. That is when I started to become somewhat familiar with my creative part f my brain. Then I started watching movies and impersonating Jim Carey in the Mask. My mom would always push me to express my inner “Jim Carey” – “SOMEBODY STOP ME!”
I loved movies like Jurassic Park, Star Wars, E.T., and Dennis the Menace, I will always have my goofy side, it can be a real lifesaver. Good for the heart to find humor in everything you can just to not be so serious all of the time. While I was never really into sports as much, just art and drawing, my family was always very enthusiastic about pursuing my drawing, but I was too young to really understand. It was one of the only things that I was good at. Then at around age nine, my father picked up a guitar and started playing and then thought it was a good idea for me to start learning.
That is something that I believe that I will always be grateful for. I was brought up listening to classic rock and all other different forms of music. Playing music has helped open me up as a person, and I find it to be one of the most healing hobby’s to get involved with. It gives me a lot of confidence, and I am able to always have another healthy outlet of expressing myself. I loved to skateboard too. That was a huge piece of my happiness growing up through middle school into high school…
Then once I graduated, I really didn’t know what I wanted to do. I just knew that I needed to do something different because I felt different. I needed some adventure. I got scouted as a model and started going back and forth from upstate NY to NYC. I went to two community two colleges, Hudson Valley Community College and then took a break and lived in NYC for a year, struggled took a break and went back home to get a 2-year degree at SUNY Adirondack.
I always went back to school just to learn and please my parents. I was never really interested in learning something that I did not have an interest in, but I did have an interest in acting and learning about the theater arts. So I took acting and theater courses each time I was in school. It was tough for me to finalize on what I was going to do with my life at time because I knew my curiosities about acting were not going to be fulfilled in upstate New York.
So here I am today, currently living in New York City and going on my 5th year which amazes me because it feels like two. Since I have been down here, I have been really learning about what truly matters to me and how to be strong, humble, and true to myself. Learning more and more about my inner self and my well being has brought much more fulfillment along this journey, and I am grateful for every obstacle in my path because it has helped me find my way to myself and understand.
Has it been a smooth road?
It most certainly has not been an easy road for me. I have had to go through a lot of hardship mentally, spiritually, and emotionally. I would say that New York City has been a good teacher for me. It really can show you what is good for you and not good for you. The energy down here will light a fire underneath you.
I have encountered a lot of snakes in this ” entertainment world.” There is a lot of pretentious vibes out there and a lot of bad egoic entitled energies. But that can also be found in every money making industry because it can breed illusion and fraudulent people who carry self-serving energies.
But I have learned, and I am continuing to learn how to look at life in a more gentle and compassionate way. Just as long as I stay true to myself and stray away from the nonsense, I will be good. Also, making a living down here as an artist feels impossible at times because you have to be available to put time in learning the craft and going to different castings and projects.
I worked for more catering companies than I can count on one hand which has been great for me because I have so many options to make money. But at the end of the day, I can’t rely on it because once January rolls around, there is no business. I worked all other kinds of jobs in the customer service field. You gotta do what you gotta do. Rent is only going up. Investing in acting class isn’t cheap, but I felt like it was something I had to do because I came down here to learn.
Boy am I learning what debt feels like and living paycheck to paycheck. Really makes me realize that I don’t need all of this to be happy. To me, happiness comes from within and being around genuine loving people. I am grateful for these hardships and lesson because the light has been showing me reality.
We’d love to hear more about what you do.
When it comes to talking about my ” business,” But if we are going to put it in those terms, I am my own business. I am a man of many hats. I love to create art and learn from others who I work with. I love to motivate and help inspire people to be happier and healthier. I don’t do it for the money, and that has never been the reason. It’s not about the fame.
I do not specialize in just one thing because there are many things that make me happy. I would like to remind the people who are interested in my “Business” that I am not “Nick,” the actor. I am Nick Zibro. I would like to inspire and fill peoples hearts and minds in a genuine way as an individual. If people like my acting, that is icing on the cake along with anything extra. I am learning and always with be learning.
What sets me apart from others? I am me, my own individual self, and where are all different in our own beautiful ways. I thank the Creator for that. I hope people find the love in their hearts to love themselves for who they truly are if they have not.
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