What have you been up to lately?
Nicklas: I’ve been working on some side-businesses a lot lately. I’m taking a long break from modeling. I’m starting uni in September so I want to make sure I’ve built enough cash flow that needs as little maintenance as possible, so I don’t have to live like a student. So far I’ve set up an ebook publishing business, which is coming along nicely. I’m also experimenting with freelance translation and looking into setting up an e-commerce store.
It is our understanding that you have many passions. What introduced you to them and which would you say do you prioritize or want to prioritize the most?
N: I used to play a lot of guitar and sing a lot. I’d spend every night putting together music. I was pretty good at one point, and I was in the Danish x-factor just for shits and gigs. I got through two rounds, but as soon as I wasn’t allowed to use my guitar I couldn’t keep up – I’ve never sung without playing guitar, so I couldn’t hit a single note and I got the kick. I don’t play so much anymore though – I don’t know why.
I really enjoy reading books and blogs. That’s what I spend the most of my time on. I write a lot as well, which is why I started my ebook business and why I want to study journalism.
My dream right now is to have my own TV show one day. I’m a big fan of Anthony Bourdain and his travel/food shows. My one single favourite activity is trying new foods in different cultures and eating and drinking with good company.
How did you start modeling? Do you think your life would have been different if you never went in the business?
N: I’ve always been the kind of person who jumped on every opportunity to try new things, so when I was told I should try applying at a modeling agency, it didn’t take long before I sent in some photos.
Yes, very different. I’d probably be in school now, halfway done. But I wouldn’t have traded the experiences modeling has given me for anything. In the last two years I’ve lived in a dozen cities and seen so many things. When I look at all my mates who just spent their gap year working in a store, or didn’t take one at all, I feel like I have grown so much more than them. It sounds kind of harsh and arrogant, I know, and I shouldn’t be passing judgment when they haven’t been given the same opportunities I have, but what can you do.
Do people at home treat you differently after your success in modeling? How did you react/deal with it?
N: Not anymore, but in the beginning they did yeah. People where so much more accommodating all of the sudden. It was tangible. I had been a bit of a fatty a few months prior, but now that I was fit and a successful model, I got so much more respect everywhere I went. And the amount of attention from the girls was ridiculous compared to before. I’m just happy I didn’t get into it earlier, because I don’t think I would have been able to remain grounded had I started when I was a few years younger.
I’m not going to lie; I really enjoyed the newly acquired attention and respect. But I also remember feeling slightly turned off by it, which is why I think I can honestly say I never abused it. I got annoyed by being judged by my looks, and I started to really understand why hot girls treat some guys like crap; you just sick of the attention you get based solely on good genetics.
I want to be appreciated for my personality and talents, not something I haven’t done fuck all to acquire.
N: You should do what makes you proud. Whatever you can look at and think, “I fucking made this” and pat yourself on the back. This is the main reason why I’ve taken a long break from modeling; modeling does not give me much sense of accomplishment. I’m a bit tired of a lot of the bullshit that comes along with it. That being said I will start modeling again when I feel ready for it. It’s a perfect side job when you’re studying.
I want to stress that I’m grateful for everything modeling has given and taught me, I don’t want to come across unthankful. But it can, and has been unhealthy for me mentally, which has caused me to act out a lot, which my agencies surely have noticed, and for that I’m sorry.
The impotence you feel when you have absolutely no saying in whether or not you’re working, is the most frustrating feeling ever. You’re constantly dependent on getting picked, and that can get very tiresome.
I believe that to maintain a healthy mind while modeling you have to A) have other financial endeavors and passions so you don’t feel dependent on modeling, or B) be a somewhat devil-may-care’ish kind of person who does not have many aspirations in life.
What made you want to write “Runway Memoirs” and “Weight Loss With Intermittent Fasting”?
N: Well, Runway Memoirs was actually mainly a rewrite of a series of blog posts I had written when I was living in Sydney and Seoul. I just needed the satisfaction of producing something, and writing was transportable and I was good at it.
I then used Runway Memoirs to learn how the Amazon Kindle store worked, which eventually lead to my publishing business.
With “Weight Loss with Intermittent Fasting” I just wanted to share the methods I used to drop all that weight when I started modeling. It was pretty easy, but keeping it off is another story entirely. I forget to use the principles myself a lot though, which is why I look very different in my portfolio from time to time. But if you stick to the principles it’s a very effective way of allowing yourself satisfying meals and getting in great shape at the same time.
What do you think has been your biggest achievement so far?
N: I don’t really think I have any one achievement as such that I’m proud of. I’d say that it’s just my mindset and constant drive to become better at everything. I have a drive for achievement that I don’t see in a whole lot of other people. I’m also very critical, and I try not to make assumptions about things or events I wasn’t a part of. A lot of people hear one snippet of some statement or event, and they start making all these assumptions that the individuals involved are murderers and Nazis. I think it’s important to maintain a critical view and remain skeptic of everything we didn’t experience first hand, because we are fed so much bullshit through mass media every day.
That being said I have a shit load of flaws. I can get very annoyed with people when they don’t have the same aspirations as myself, and when they don’t take action on what they say they want to do. But you know; who am I to pass judgment on them? Some people want big fancy cars, I don’t, and some people just want a simple life with a wife and two kids, and everybody should totally respect that.
Where do you see yourself in the near future?
N: Well, I just got my own place in Copenhagen, which I’m really excited about. I had put off getting my own place for a while because I didn’t know what I wanted to do, and I couldn’t justify getting my own place with all the travelling I did. And I’m a massive mommas boy; I get a long very well with my mother and stepfather, which kept me there for a while.
In the near future I’ve built enough businesses to have become financially independent so I can pursue whatever creative endeavors I want, without having to bootstrap. I’m also keeping busy with my studies, whatever study that ends up being. I want to write more books, I want to try acting, I want to do stand up, I want to do a bunch of mushrooms, I want to be the best friend I can be, I want to be the best son I can be, I want to have a bunch of mind altering experiences, I want to teach and I want to learn. I’m in a hurry as you can see.
Do you think you’re a babe?
N: Fuck no. I try to distance myself as much as possible from this pursuit of being hot, that a lot of people are striving for. I think social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram can be super damaging to a lot of people’s sense of self-image. We’re constantly posting photos of all the amazing and fucking fantastic shit we’re up to, and how hot we’re looking in this and that outfit. Who the fuck cares?!?
As you can tell this is something that grinds my gears quite a lot. I feel kind of sad when I see “liked” photos from Instagram popping up in my Facebook feed, and it’s all just girls pouting their lips doing selfies. When I look back on some of the stuff I would post just a year and half back, I get kind of embarrassed.
What all the “normal” people don’t realize when they follow all the models and hot guys and girls, is that these people look just as shit as you do when they wake up. They have all the same self-image issues as you do.
Even though most people know him for his looks, Nicklas is definitely a smart and talented man who is wise beyond his age. We have learned so much from him and we give our deepest gratitude for providing us with this opportunity. Thanks, Nick!
**You can find more about Nicklas here!**
books: Runway Memoirs | Weight Loss with Intermittent Fasting