The Double Movement's Nikki on doing the unexpected

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NAME

Nikki

WHAT DO YOU DO?

I’m a Lawyer + Podcaster + Sports Nut + a bit of a Yogi   

FAVOURITE BAND?

I would have to say the Beatles – timeless music for my ears.

FAVOURITE SONG?

Change, by Taylor Swift

FAVOURITE FEMALE ARTIST AND WHY?

Taylor Swift – I’ve loved her since “Our Song” first came on the radio. I can relate to essentially every song she has ever released.  She’s all about the work and her fans. Haters are gonna hate but I love her so much that my nickname at work is “Swiftie”. No joke.

IS THIS WHAT YOU'VE ALWAYS DREAMED OF?

I never thought I would be a lawyer and considering podcasts have only been around for the last few years, I definitely never thought I would have a sports podcast with one of my best friends.

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When I was 12 years old, I wanted to be a screenwriter. I just loved the idea of telling stories! Then while completing my undergraduate degree, this little investigator came out in me which lead me to pursue a (first) career in journalism. After working as a journalist for a couple of years, I decided to get a law degree (why not?). I think a lot of people thought I was going through a quarter life crisis at the time.

Anyway, now I’m a lawyer but I still work in the entertainment space ;)

THREE OF YOUR HARDEST MOMENTS?

  • Breaking up with my ex-boyfriend of 6 years.

He was American. He signed up to the US Marine Corps without telling me. He knew I didn’t want to have that life but he thought that if he put me in a position where I had “no choice”, then I would follow.

I didn’t follow.

Instead, I applied to law school the week after we broke up. He’s now a US Marine traveling a fair bit and I’m now a lawyer pretty much stationed in Sydney. We just grew to be very different people wanting very different lives.

  • Making the decision to leave the United States and move back to Sydney

I was in my early twenties when I made the gamble to move back to Sydney. I had lived in California for 11 years. It was my home.  

It was very hard to leave a place that I considered home, especially knowing that due to insane visa restrictions, I probably would not be able to call it home again.

I am insanely happy with my life right now but it did take a good 18 months for that gamble to emotionally pay-off.

  • Being cross-examined in court in regards to a series of gang rapes

The last story I worked on as a journalist was about a series of gang rapes, which lead the publisher to be sued for defamation. In my first year of law school, I had to fly from Sydney back to San Francisco and be cross examined over my conversations with the victims (heavy stuff I know). Repeating the graphic details of what happened to those victims in front of the guy who orchestrated everything (with his parents sitting behind him) was not pleasant. Don’t worry – he didn’t win!

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HOW CAN WOMEN BEST SUPPORT ONE ANOTHER?

Women need to stop seeing each other as threats. It’s sad but women seem to be each others worst enemies in the workforce. They either hold each other to higher standards, or worse, severely hope (or set-up) their female colleagues or successors to fail.

Not all women are going to get along with each other. But it would be nice if more women looked for ways that they could complement each other!  

WHAT WOULD YOUR ADVICE TO YOUR YOUNGER SELF BE?

There’s a lot of pressure growing up to belong to a certain “group”. A good group of friends can be awesome. Just don’t forget to make room for new people to enter your life!


DO YOU HAVE ANY LITTE SECRETS TO FOLLOWING YOUR PASSION?

This may sound a bit odd but what drives me to succeed is thinking about all the people in my life who have hurt me or have tried to hold me back. When I need motivation, I think about the former colleagues who made some unpleasant remarks. I think about the little bullies, and yes I think about those guys who carelessly broke my heart. It is these people who help drive me to be the best version of myself - along with my supportive friends and family of course! Sometimes though, there’s nothing more rewarding than rising above the “put down” and turning that negative experience into a positive outcome.  

Nikki is one half of The Double Movement podcast. Read their EL letter here. Download and listen to The Double Movement on iTunes and follow them onTwitter and Instagram

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