We are Nicholas (Nicky) and Christiane Slater, British immigrants to British Columbia in Canada (2016) with our son Benjamin.
This is our 'Online Startup' family business.
Below is our why, how and some processing from me (N).
N & C
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Why do this?
Top Coaches repeat this question seeking truth.
It is essence, soul, the call.
We are here to entertain and inspire
FREEDOM FOR THE REST OF US
Taking the LID OFF THE BOX of our lives - and learning to keep it off.
THE REST OF US
- us sensitive souls that pick up feelings
- us rebels hiding a cause
- those of us with a closed down dream
- those of us who need more courage
- those of us who need breakthroughs
- those of us who can rationalise why not
- those of us who've been told we can't
- those of us who've been told we won't
- those of us who know it's too late
- those of us who...need encouragement
- those of us who have a warrior heart - that needs encouraging
To inspire love laughter freedom
N: I've been held back by my fears and scripts whilst seeking freedom all my life.
I love comedy. Comedy is truth and pain. Painfully I have lots of truthfull moments. My stories of banana skins to inspire laughter...
An d i love to have the story come in a song - love song, sad song, dance song.
I envisage fronting an arena show.
It's my songs, NICKSTIR with a great band and dancers alongside an A Team of management and techies.
This - in normal terms - is impossible. It will take a miracle to happen. So I could leave it out.
Today I write this and want to run away. Hide in the next job to do... But anything is possible!
Christiane: Because I hear glimpses of Nicky's brilliance - see his grandiose schemes develop - laugh at his songs and have seen him broken and grow.
And I want to see my husband free.
To obey a call...
Was it God or someone driving past at 6 am those Brighton mornings I heard the voice in my head? Like a Bill Cosby comedy of old when God called in.
'Set people free from those lies that bind them' and on another ocassion 'the magic's in the music.'
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To breakthrough - in finance.
The lie is 'You can't have it. You're not worthy, it is for someone else. The more subtle lie is - You'll be arrogant if you get it - which I bought!
So - we will give 10% of pre tax profit to initiatives that promote communication.
And I seek to provide for my family earning a plumbers wage - ambitious I know! And giving then a two week holiday every year.
And to have resource to make a global impact with this work...
To build a global breakthrough community for good...
N: Storylines develop that mimic real life. Dreamtryb Special Agent (DSA) Training will empower breakthroughs.
DREAMTRYB battles to Free NICKSTIR release FIG and change our world for good!
As I have shared over the years what I'm developing. Which is normally at dinner, late on, when I dare open up. Often next day I wish I hadn't, I seem to overwhelm people with this grandiose scheme with it's myriad possibilities. Anyway, I have often reached the reaction from my audience. "So it's all about you then?" This felt like I was conning them up to that point. That is not my intention.
So I came up with the idea of giving you a Full Disclosure Statement here. Enjoy.
Truth is the reaction I got and my internal dialogue has held me in my 'survive alone' bubble. I have been PRODUCER ME trying to enable tentative ARTIST ME, to grow. It's cost a fortune of time and money. Hindsight - don't buy kit - go to school!
I have been self centred - protecting the embryonic dream - fear attacking but also making positive steps on some days.
In some ways this has been good - although the time it's taken and the cost have been ineffective. It's a part of the story and I wrote the lyric "I'm the Hero of the lost song," yesterday. So the journey fuels the writing.
So to be clear on my drivers...
MY DREAM - THE BIG SHOW
To perform my music for you, with a great band and dancers on a 'sold out' arena stage as we have a fabulous time together.
I grew up on arena stages. I have come to realise I am a Showman. I love Show Business - every part of it. I love Show Folk. And - I am a front man, a performer.
I've been a dance man - on arena ice - but not a Song and Danceman. And I'd not written, arranged, performed and sung those songs before - on that arena stage.
Now I know I should just focus on that... So what you see here has taken many years and gives me a hide out from that dream. A dream never shared, never dies
Or maybe, just maybe it can enable it?
I have been known as NICKY SLATER in England and in my former skating life. I've never been completely comfortable with the name. Although sometimes it works. So I seek freedom in my identity.
On this site you will see my Multiple Personalities Re-Ordered. Whisper it quietly but NICKSTIR, a nickname given me by the late, great Colin Vearncombe of the Band Black - is what has me stand 'confident' in the arena.
Daily I seek and work for breakthroughs. A massive breakthrough is to no longer be alone in this. I have my wife alongside me. And the scope of works requires resource now. i cannot do this alone and complete it before I am 120.
How about a tribe that supports the development of all you see here and my vision to deliver THE BIG SHOW?
How about weaving THE BIG SHOW into the story?
I see what in have created over all these years as having the potential to be MARVEL with MUSIC. I see that when I stand as NICKSTIR I'm as confident as a Gordon Sumner (STING!)
And I know I need to work, practise, build the team, build the audience (you?). It's a huge job - and I am scared of building an ongoing business because I have never done it and I embrace the challenge.
I have always Self-sabotaged. Now is the time to gain freedom in that area.
I have written the songs for three 'BIG SHOWS' They are a terrific mix of rock n roll, dance tunes, ballads. And I'm close to NICKSTIR'S sound... I can't wait to share.
And - to get to 'THE BIG SHOW' requires a seismic shift from my upbringing, competences, scripts, fears, procrastination and foibles that have held me in my life.
MY SIMPLE IDEA
To complicate matters - years ago I had a very simple idea. Take a song I'd written and present it in different genres through different characters. This has grown into the EPIC battle of good against evil you see here.
Is this the ultimate 'in order to' distraction? Or will it bring freedom - the Holy Grail I have sought? It's bonkers, enthralling and develops every day... Is it part of the show? Is this comedy meets reality... It's that for me and fabulous fun.
How about a DREAMTRYB of supporters who are encouraging me, backing me and pushing me to get up on that stage - face down all my fears.
A DREAMTRYB that have enabled me to work my butt off and - with an A TEAM of Management, Techies and Artists deliver something amazing for you?
How could that be? I can see it. I know models of the people I seek. They are professionals, dedicated to delivering a fabulous professional show that touches hearts...
I've been rubbish at this... So far>
My goal is to make a Plumber's wage to support my family. Yes I know... Ambitious! I know some plumbers :)
And to give them a two week holiday each year.
I know - I know - so many of you laugh at such small goals. But I tell you. If I can create that on an ongoing basis from what I create here that will be a massive breakthrough.
So why should you care?
IT'S ABOUT US
Well it turns out it's not 'all about me' after all. That is a lie I've taken on board and has held me back from sharing.
I've gotten scared of what people may say. Because what I seek is growing, grandiose, not - One Thing at a Time as I seek EPIC. It's crackers and gorgeous.
This is all about us - you, me, Christiane and our families and what we can be in the world.
I am risking and daring to do something that lights up my heart and that I know is possible. It scares me and challenges me to start work at 6 am most days... I've been up since 5:30 I write on 24th May 2020.
And the world and the battle for my mind would have it as madness and impossible! So the daily battle rages...
And as we step I am hoping there is something here for you.
I love to encourage people I meet. I am an encourager. It is a gift I have.
But I wanted to be straight with you. I realise I can be an encourager through being a great performer. I did not realise - doh. And I am also doing something that is impossible to most people - except me! And that can inspire others.
I see a warrior tribe - encouraging each other. I'm seeing us laughing at life and enjoying amazing breakthroughs as together we are....
MAKING CRAZY WORK
You see my script was 'I survive alone,' it is time to break that.
So whether Arena stage or not I am somehow gaining freedom in this journey. I have shared here with you. I am giving my all to get there one way or another and my characters help process the angst and hope...
I am an Entertainer. I want to entertain and inspire you. And I aim to be as good as I can be at it.
I am no different to any fourteen year old with a passionate dream. I am no different to you as you feel that dream stir inside. And yet it should be all over - I should retire quietly, not bother anyone. Or so says the voice in my head.
And when I see freedom - it has me cry as my heart is touched. As I feel connection I am blessed.
SO THIS IS IT
I'm all in here, and my wife is amazing in letting me for so many years risk, fanny about and slowly develop into all you see today. She wants me to find freedom.
FINALLY - JESUS
Full disclosure this is. I became a Christian 1985, I was knee capped by the devil and lost my career, took wrong advice, hurt people and have been in the wilderness for much of my life since then.
My faith is key for me, I've been a rubbish ambassador for Jesus for many years. I'm still no where near perfect. But I'm seeing change in my life that is only possible when God steps in.
I have a beautiful wife, a fabulous son, a dog (I've never had a dog before). I'm an immigrant, I am humbled. I am searching for freedom and know that - I have it. I just need to learn to stand in it..
I'm not who I used to be.
And I don't want 'A Ministry' I don't want a closed down 'Christian' target area. This is more than that...
Goodness - Great to have you here.
If nothing else be encouraged today. You are amazing and - when we dare to step I believe something changes. Is it serendipity? Or is it something more.
Be encouraged today and enjoy looking at the work I'm creating here. At time of writing I grapple daily with how it will all fit but somehow the breakthroughs come.
Something's coming here...
I am prompted to start the book - THE BIG SHOW - to log how we go...
I write a lot. Pithy is great. We are done. However. I have written the dream of that performance day of THE BIG SHOW.
You can read it here.
Thank you for being with us on this art of the journey.
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