Faces of Fleet — Meet Nicki New
Meet Nicki New. Originally from New York, and currently living in Tempe, Arizona, Nicki New wants to share that you are capable and deserving of everything and anything, no matter your circumstance and personal challenges.
“There are no bad days, just good days and days when you learn.”
Nicki was diagnosed at a young age with bipolar, schizophrenia, and PDD which is a form of autism. His childhood was challenging, spending 80% of his life in boarding schools. Nicki New is thankful for his supportive family and friends, and ultimately his time living away from home which helped him build the tools, coping mechanisms, and confidence to thrive in adulthood.
“I want to let people know that despite struggles, anything is possible and you can live a full life.”
In 2011, Nicki New’s mom helped establish Westbrook Preparatory School — the first school on Long Island for kids with special needs — located 15 minutes from Nicki’s home, allowing him for the first time to attend school in a supportive environment and live close to his family and friends.
In adulthood, Nicki started delivering for Postmates when he realized it was the best job suited for him. His mental illness makes many jobs challenging to manage, but with Postmates he has the flexibility to set his own hours and be in control of his work. The flexibility of Postmates allows Nicki New to not miss a beat with his music and really stay on top of his musical content.
“Postmates has been so helpful in that it allows me to earn money in a way that works for me, and explore my music career and passions.”
Outside of his job with Postmates, Nicki New spends most of his time pursuing his music career. He’s a rapper, singer, songwriter, and dreams of becoming a star. Nicki has a new album coming out on March 5th, 2020 — an inspirational hip hop album. He’s passionate about music and it helps keep him grounded. His musical inspirations include Tupac and Ice Cube. Thanks to Postmates, his music is now more of a side-hustle and less of a hobby. Nicki New can be found on YouTube, Spotify, iTunes, and Soundcloud.
“I want to encourage people to be as open as they can about their mental illness. Seek help, find your support and surround yourself with people who you trust and believe in you. You can thrive and anything is possible.”