I never really ran with a bad crowd, most of them were artsy people, but man did I have a lot of bitches in my life. Sorry, but this is not the time to censor myself. I seriously hung out with some of the most hateful, backstabby people on the planet. It’s no wonder that there were parts of my life that were less than stellar. That negative energy loomed over me whether I wanted it to or not. As hard as it is, sometimes you have to choose whom you keep in your life and whom you set free. In life, it is imperative to surround yourself with good people, because you essentially pick up traits and become like the people you associate with. People who are on your track will keep you on your track, but if you try to cohabitate with people in a different lane, more often than not, you’ll end up in their lane.

 

I lived in Hollywood for five and half years and became that stereotypical “Hollywood” person because of the people I was hanging out with. I never wanted to be that cliché that would troll celebrity parties or care about tabloid gossip. I am hardworking and the type of person that likes to do a job and go home. No drama. Starting in the industry I met so many people working on becoming writers, directors, and producers. I met and hung out with my idols. …Living the dream, as they say… I was around many of the “doers”, but I also fell into a crowd of “fakers”. This was a group of people living in apartments that they could barely afford, riding the coattails of their famous friends or family members, sleeping their way through the Hollywood elite… you name it, I was friends with them. I started to see a pattern at some point. The more I hung out with them, the more I hated myself and the less work I got in the industry. The less I hung out with them, the more focused and successful I was. Once I cut the bad people out of my life, my career took off. I am a “doer”, not a “faker”.

 

Nikki Lee Aguilar Far Right during her Drama Club Days in her Hometown of South Plainfield, NJ.We all have had people come in and out of our lives. Sometimes we keep people around because we don’t want to hurt people’s feelings, but at the end of the day, you can either remove negative from your life or become it. When you surround yourself with all the good people you know, you subconsciously motivate one another to do good things, be well, and achieve. The best posse to have is one that motivates you to do everything you want in life. They do not feel the need to talk badly about any one and get what they want in life from good ol’ fashioned hard work. Choose your posse wisely. They can make or break you.