Nick Topel

An exclusive with handsome renaissance man and scholar Nick Topel.

By: Joshua Conner

Screenshot from my Skype Interview with Nick Topel on September 19, 2019, Nick Topel Tank Top by Nike Joshua Conner shirt by BSN Supplements
Screenshot from my Skype Interview with Nick Topel on September 19, 2019, Nick Topel Tank Top by Nike Joshua Conner shirt by BSN Supplements

Nick Topel is an: entrepreneur, mechanical engineer, BSN Supplements sponsored athlete, cover model, personal trainer, and natural bodybuilder. Topel has been competitively swimming for over twelve years and even was rewarded with All American honors. You can consider Topel a social media influencer, with each post, he gives his 53.4 K followers a backstage pass to his excursions, modeling portfolio, and physique progress.

Topel has a smile who lights up the room and can be considered the whole package because is he is sexy, charismatic, funny, humble and studious. I am inspired every day by Topel’s physique, style, life experiences, swagger and how he has branded himself.

I recently had an opportunity to have an introspective conversation with this enterprising millennial who is definitely one to watch. This is an edited transcript from that conversation.

I asked Topel what his mission in the world is?

“What’s my mission in the world? That’s an interesting question. Recently, I have been trying to reshape and refocus my career. I have a background in engineering and pro bodybuilding. What I am trying to do now, is kind of combine my engineering skills, my interest in fitness, and my social media platform, to help inspire others to take control of their personal health and fitness. I have found that when you improve your physical well being, it translates to everywhere in your life. So, I guess that would be my mission, to use my resources and my platform to inspire others to become a better version of themselves,” said Topel.

I asked Topel what would be the title of his life story and who would play him in a movie?

“What would be the title of my life story and who would play me in a movie? Oh, interesting, man these are very introspective.
What would be the title of my life story? I kind of like the term wanderlust. I think that would be a very interesting way to describe my life. It can be translated in many different ways for one, I like to travel, and I also like to explore lots of different things. As I grow older, I try to be very open-minded about topics and ideas, and I think wanderlust can translate into something like physically exploring, but also mentally exploring. I’m also a mechanical engineer, I studied computer science and I’m also very big in the fitness industry. I think wanderlust would be a great title.
Who would play me? I don’t know, hopefully, it would be someone good-looking. I like Tom Cruise, I think Tom Cruise would be really good portraying me. I think we have similar styles and personalities. I think we look similar, I get that compliment occasionally when I am wearing the right stuff at the right angle. Yeah, I think Tom Cruise would be okay. No one ever asked me that before.

In an Instagram Q & A, a Topel Instagram Fan asked him who he has a celebrity crush on. Topel answered saying he has a celebrity crush on Pietro Boselli, Margot Robbie, and Blake Lively. I thought Topel might say Pietro Boselli because they both have engineering backgrounds, models and social media influencers.

 Screenshot from an Instagram Q and A hosted by Nick Topel
Screenshot from an Instagram Q and A hosted by Nick Topel


“You know what, I thought about saying that, and now that you have brought it up, I will say it, Pietro Boselli. He is a very good representation of my brand, and things that I look for and stand for. We kind of do the same thing. I like how he uses his platform to help educate others. He started off as a very famous fashion model and then bloomed overnight. Now, he uses his platform to speak about world peace and various topics. He is always posting IGTV videos and content. So, I think he would be a great balanced man as well. Pietro Boselli, you are a balanced man. That was what the second title of my life story would be the balanced man.

I asked Topel if he could go on a road trip with any celebrity, who would it be and where would he go. Topel also said Pietro Boselli.

“I would say, jeez, that’s a good one. Any celebrity, we’ll, I am going to have to bring up Pietro Boselli again. I think he would be very nice to travel with. He’s intellectual, also a mechanical engineer, and you know he is a very good looking dude, he’s very well-traveled, and cultured, and has a lot to offer in terms of conversation and knowledge. I would probably go somewhere in South America, I really love Brazil, probably my favorite place to vacation. Rio De Janeiro maybe, yeah, it’s a great place for photos so,” said Topel.

I asked Topel, what he enjoys most about being a renaissance man?


“What do I enjoy most about being a renaissance man. I would say the excitement of paving your own path right. I like the idea of creating your own story and your own journey for yourself. That was a really big realization for me about a year ago. I kind of feel like I was kind of stuck, following someone else’s path. You know graduate college, work full time for 40 years, retire and that’s your life. So, I kind of got this mindset that I really need to take advantage of every opportunity in front of me. So I’m just going to go out, become my own man, my own person and work for myself and become an entrepreneur.
What do I love about that? It’s exciting, every day is new and fresh. There is never a schedule. A lot of things are very spontaneous and I get a lot of reactions across the board.
Some people are like, what are you doing? I can’t believe it, then I run into people like yourself. Who are just extremely motivating and happy to see what I’m doing. I enjoy doing what I love, craving my own path, and seeing the reactions along the way. Hopefully, I can add impacting other people’s lives to that description. I want to use my platform, spontaneity, and energy to positively impact others. I get a lot of it through personal training, etc., it’s coming into fruition if you will, but it’s a work in progress,” said Topel.

I asked Topel about his underwear preferences.

“I like boxers, I’m an All-American guy, I really like Tommy Hilfiger or if I am feeling a little bit more extravagant, I’ll do Calvin Klein. My favorite color would probably be white or black. I would say white first, and then black,” said Topel.

I asked Topel if his mantra was a hashtag, what would it be and why?

“If my life mantra would be a hashtag, what would it be and why? Interesting, I would say #FitLikeNick. That’s what I like #FitLikeNick because it could take on a lot of different forms. I mean physical fitness is definitely what I try to display for my lifestyle, #FitLikeNick. I travel a lot, I do a lot of cool, spontaneous things, for instance, like this morning I just went for a nice hike, that’s not something I normally do.
You could use me as a model to understand that fitness can take on many different forms. So, being in shape, and having a six-pack doesn’t necessarily mean that’s the epiphany of fitness. There is mental, physical and social fitness as well. Those are all the things that I try to balance in my life, in terms of not being overwhelmed. #FitLikeNick really signifies just being well rounded and healthy in a lot of different aspects of your life,” said Topel.

 

If Topel could host a Ted Talk on any topic, what would it be and why?

“Oh jeez, if I could host a Ted Talk on any topic, it would be the topic of nutrition and basically leveraging the idea of calorie balance to achieve your physique goals. Whether you’re trying to add mass or reduce your body fat. I’m very passionate about fitness, particularly nutrition actually the whole calorie balance thing is really a mechanical engineering concept because it has to deal with the laws of thermodynamics. The way that energy can not be created or destroyed it can only be stored in other vessels. I think that would be something that I can speak really well on. I’ve got a bunch of tricks and secrets that I can discuss, that I can share with my clients from training. I think that would be great talking about calorie balance,” said Topel.

In my extra content segment, I ask Nick Topel what are his top 3 favorite things of 2019. Follow my Facebook fan page and Instagram @mrjoshsidney to see what he says.

You can learn more about Nick Topel by following him on his Instagram @nicktopel and checking out his website https://www.nicktopelfitness.com

Dr. Amaan Sadruddin

I recently had an opportunity to speak with one of Chicago’s handsome, astute & creative Renaissance Man Dr. Amaan Sadruddin.

By: Joshua Conner

Dr. Amaan Sadruddin is a doctor specializing in surgery and medicine, electronic music producer and model based in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Sadruddin inspires me both professionally and personally. Professionally, I am inspired by Dr. Sadruddin passion for helping his patients and their families, his work ethics, and how versatile his brand is. Personally, I am inspired by Dr. Sadruddin musicality, style, physique, and his creativity.

What would be the title of Dr. Sadruddin life story and who would play him in a movie?

“That’s a tough one because I have to put myself in a slightly narcissistic situation, which is very hard to do. Title of the movie would be, go after it. I’m a very simple guy, that’s just how it would be. I think anyone would be able to play that movie. I don’t know, I don’t watch many movies, so that’s a really hard thing. I think I’d go with Johnny Depp, because of the way, he can switch characters really fast. If you see his movies, he can switch so beautifully and so fast. So, it’s the same for me, if I’m working in the hospital,  I have a different demeanor, and I don’t think the same way. If I’m back here, and I’m working on the creative stuff, then everything just changes,”said Dr. Sadruddin.

Dr. Sadruddin most memorable year, was last year, although he is expecting great things for this year.

“Most memorable year, you know what it would be this year. I got a chance, to do a lot of things, but since you asked specifically, it’s a really tough one, because you always want to look at the best of what is happening. This year has just started, so there is so much up ahead. Last year, was great, I meet a lot of interesting people and a lot of creative individuals. Just to see that vibe of people, not worrying about other things, and just for the sake of creating. Some people not doing it for the money, and really beautiful things can come from places like that. I would say last year, but this year was fantastic too,” said Dr. Sadruddin.

If Dr. Sadruddin mantra was a hashtag, it would be #committed.

“It would be committed, because I think that I am the type of individual, that if I say something, the least I have to do is be aware of what I said. If I say I am going to do something, I’ll take time out of my day, to figure out how I can spare it as much as I can. Sometimes, you put too much on your plate, and it’s really hard to bring it all together. I guess it would just be committed because that’s how it’s meant to be,” said Dr. Sadruddin.

What Dr. Sadruddin, enjoys most about being a doctor is the response.

“What do I enjoy most about being a doctor,  I think it’s the response. It’s just you can see emotions change so fast, and it works both ways. You can see them go from terribly worried to extremely relieved, it can also go the other way, they could be really well, and go to like instant pain. I’ve seen people shift when they come in, cause they happen to see one of their family members, and they walk in, and they see what happens to them, and the whole dynamic just changes. You can see the ripple effect, it’s like you see him going into shock, then the next family member,  and then the next. It really teaches you not to play around with your life,” said Dr. Sadruddin.

Extra Multimedia Content: In my first YouTube Video for joshuaconner.org, I talk to Dr. Sadruddin about modeling for national brands, and music.

Extra Content: I ask Dr. Sadruddin the age-old guy question,  you have to follow me on Facebook & Instagram @MrJoshuaConner to find out what he said.

You can follow Dr. Sadruddin on Instagram @svexx.svexx, also check out his latest on Spotify

Billy Smith

I recently had an opportunity to speak with Billy Smith, Kentucky’s humble & handsome Renaissance man.

By: Joshua Conner

I really became a fan of Billy Smith: actor, model & former professional fighter, from Brooks, Kentucky, from how his Instagram not only illustrates how he can rock a three-piece suit, but how it has a golden age of Hollywood aesthetic. Smith’s personal & professional reinvention, is as charming as his accent.

What is a day in the life of Smith like?

“A day in the life of me, well at different times in my life, it has been a lot different. I use to be a professional fighter, so that was a different lifestyle. Then I was mainly a model, now I’m an actor, so my life has changed a lot over the years. It’s hard to say what a day in the life of me would be like, I guess it would depend on the decade, I guess. The decade, I’m in now, a day in the life of me is answering emails, scheduling work and it’s always something new. I mean honestly, a day in the life of me is always something new. It’s never a repeat process, I guess you would say,” said Smith.

How did Smith get his first tattoo?

“Oh, my first tattoo, actually it was a tribal dragon. I have some Cherokee Indian in me & I’ve always been a huge fan of Mixed Martial Arts. I wanted a tattoo, to kind of combine them both,” said Smith.

Smith didn’t get his first tattoo, until he was 21. Smith would always associate dragons with Mixed Martial Arts. 

What is the greatest lesson that fighting has taught Smith?

“What professionally fighting has taught me, if I could sum up to one thing is that: a person is capable of a lot more than they understand, until they actually try to achieve it. Boxing and Mixed Martial arts taught me that your physical body and your mind, work together. If one of them isn’t in the game, you don’t compete as well. Your body needs to be trained, it’s a machine, it needs to be well oiled, you know it needs to be ready. Your mind does too, because if your mind isn’t ready, your body isn’t here. So one thing, I learned is that your mind is powerful itself. Just believing in yourself,  believing in the things you want to achieve, can make anything happen for you physically also. If you believe you can’t do it, it can keep you from physically competing, you know winning a fight. You can beat yourself so to speak. I just learned that you need to have both working together, your mind & your body,” said Smith.

If Smith could leave his child one quality it would be respect & empathy.

“Well, I try to instill in them respect. Hopefully they just be really understanding of people. I would want them to be empathetic for people, hopefully they are not judgmental,” said Smith.

What is Smith’s underwear preference & favorite brand?

“I’m a boxer briefs guy, and a brand I use most commonly and I like personally is called Lucky brand,” said Smith.

What is Smith’s mantra?

“You know, honestly I would say stay learning. Don’t ever stop learning and don’t ever feel like you know it all. You know always feel like, it’s something else you need to know and learn. I think learning is the best thing for all of us. It keeps our mind working and we don’t become settled. So long as you are learning, everything is limitless. There are no limits to anything, so long as you continue to learn daily, you know something. I would say continue learning no matter what,” said Smith.

Extra Content: I asked Billy Smith what would be the title of his life story, follow me on Instagram and like my Facebook Fan Page @MrJoshuaConner to find out.

You can follow Billy Smith on Instagram @BillyBadBoySmith and Facebook @billysmithmodel