Born: December 8, 1982, Trinidad | Successful For: Hip Hop/Pop Artist | Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius
Inner Keys to Success:
- TURN NEGATIVE SURROUNDINGS INTO POSITIVE MOTIVATION: Young Nicki, growing up in Queens New York, had an abusive father who was a drug addict. He even tried to murder Nicki Minaj’s own mom, however, Minaj’s attitude toward her broken household was what allowed her to persevere. She states “I’ve always had this female-empowerment thing in the back of my mind, because I wanted my mother to be stronger, and she couldn’t be. I thought, ‘If I’m successful, I can change her life.” It’s not the difficulties, but how she handled them which made all the difference. “People face difficulties, no matter who you are. I faced difficulties with a lot of things. I face opposition every day, but I didn’t kill myself and now, thank God, I’m here.”
- USE YOUR CREATIVE MIND TO MAKE YOUR LIFE A LIVING MASTERPIECE: Nicki used fantasies as a way to deal with the tough times, she created personas that allowed her to deal with negativity. In fact, the name Nicki Minaj was one of the names she created that allowed her to escape her disheartening past. “When I was younger I didn’t have much financially, like we couldn’t afford a lot of stuff and I remember seeing little girls’ rooms on TV and they’d all be pink. I didn’t have my own room, I shared with my brother, so I would have this daydream and imagine that one day I could have my own room and it would all be pink, like Cinderella’s.” Minaj would use her artistic side to create fantasies as escapism to focus on her dreams. “You should never feel afraid to become a piece of art. It’s exhilarating.”
- CONFIDENTLY MOVE FORTH WITH YOUR DREAMS: Nicki Minaj was first sought out singing at the young age of 12, where she wrote her first lyrics. She delve further into her passion after going to La Guardia High School of Music and Art where she took drama and practiced singing. Minaj hoped to one day be an actress, however by the time she was around 19, she had been fired from over 15 jobs for being disruptive. Finally, she landed jobs as a backup singer for various local New York artists, created her own MySpace page, and became proactive in creating a hip-hop career. The CEO of Dirty Money shortly after recognized her talent, and signed her to the label.
“You wanna know what scares people? Success. When you don’t make moves and when you don’t climb up the ladder, everybody loves you because you’re not competition.” – Nicki Minaj
Nick Minaj, the creative artist she is, has a tattoo on her left arm in Chinese which translates to “God is with me always.”