Super Love Life: Interview with Nick Hagelin by Ty Andrews
What attracted you to Spiritual Living Center of Atlanta and how have you been inspired by attending?
Nick: I went to SLCA when it was at the High Museum and then my son Bash was born. I discovered the Science of Mind teaching through my wife Christina and was a part of a New Thought community in Raleigh, North Carolina. I was so moved and pulled into the community. SLCA was the first place I felt comfortable to be myself. I faced a stigma that I had to separate being an entertainer and young married man. I couldn’t wear my wedding ring.
I came out on a bigger platform on The Voice, but good art comes from an authentic place. I was signed to a label, but I was told to be something I’m not. It was so far from the truth. SLCA was the first place I felt comfortable to be myself–so liberating.
How did you get started in ballet? Do you still dance?
Nick: I was in the “Nutcracker” at age 4 and 5. I thought that dancing was cool. I tried karate but mom suggested dance. I liked being the only boy too. I attended the American Ballet School, the best school in the country, on scholarship. I would dance 40-50 hours a week. Yes, still dance. It helps discipline to be good at anything.
I would also like to create master classes for pre-professionals, aspiring students and ballet studios–maybe a weekend, bi-annual or summer program.
Congrats to you and Christina’s new son Ace. How is Bash?
Nick: Thanks, I’m in baby heaven! Bash is great. He’s up for some big surgeries over the summer on both legs. We’ve been fundraising and grateful to SLCA for the support they have shown.
Nick’s son Bash was born with a soft tissue condition known as Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita, sometimes referred to as AMC. Since birth, Bash has been a champion for overcoming boundaries as he works hard every day to gain body strength and mobility. In addition, The Hagelin family started the Bashing Boundaries Foundation to support other special needs families by providing resources and innovative solutions for them and their children, fostering a mindset and environment of unconditional hope for all.
If you are interested in helping on the journey with The Hagelin Family to break boundaries with Bash, visit their GoFundMe campaign to follow their progress and donate: https://www.gofundme.com/looseasamoose
How do you balance being a rock star formerly on The Voice and a family man?
Nick: I’ve changed. I had to detox from The Voice and the judgment. I’m not attached to becoming famous anymore. I’m so content with having a beautiful family and realizing how blessed I am to have a family through the bullcrap. It was always about bliss first and being happy first and letting the good things come through. I used to think accolades and attention brought happiness. Now I’m looking for financial stability through my art instead of art making me financially secure. Bash has been on Medicaid since he was born. My acting recently on the SciFi Network afforded me an opportunity to get on a health plan through SAG-AFTRA Screen Actors Guild. I had an attachment to being a pop star that was keeping me from embracing the blessing of all my talents. They all serve my highest good.
Your new CD Super Love is fire! Where do you pull your creative inspiration?
Nick: It’s a more personal, self-produced project. A digital version will be released later this year. The hustle can be draining. I’ve been writing since middle school and it’s a combination of patience because it comes organically. I make a voice memo. It can take years to write a song so I even let verses come over the course of a month. I’m diligent about sitting in studio not knowing and trusting. Keeps the muscle prime.
What’s your favorite quote?
Nick: “Don’t waste life in doubts and fears; spend yourself on the work before you, well assured that the right performance of this hour’s duties will be the best preparation for the hours and ages that will follow it.” By Ralph Waldo Emerson
Anything else you want to share or words of inspiration?
Nick: Don’t be afraid to express your truest feelings.
Check out Nick Hagelin’s music video “Super Love” from his latest Super Love EP. To stay up to date with performances in your area and more music, visit www.nickhagelin.com