Nick's Intro to the book
The Heart and Soul
of Nick Carter
Did I sense that my destiny was
different from other kids when I was younger? Good question.
Before the age of eight or nine, I really didn't know what my destiny was. How could I? I
just went to school and lived the kind of normal, everyday life that boys that age live --
except that I loved music, listening to it and making it, particularly by singing.
The turning point was one day when I serenaded my mom from a tree stump. (She'll tell you
all about it.) My mom believed in me. I wish every child could have a mother or a father
who cares enough to spot his talent and help him develop it the way mine did.
I really didn't know where my talent would lead me at first. When I started to follow the
music inside me, I took vocal lessons, but since I wasn't sure exactly what I wanted to
do, I tried not only singing, but also acting.
My mother chauffeured me up and down from Tampa to Orlando, from Tampa to St. Petersburg,
back and forth, more times than I can tell you. Often my chances of landing a part were
less than slim. Mom agreed to let me try anyway. She spent money on traveling, on lessons,
when our family didn't have extra. Our family business supported us for the basics. Our
clothes and our food were taken care of, but there wasn't much left after that. Any extra
money was almost always spent on me and my dream of becoming an entertainer.
When I became discouraged, Mom used to quietly ask me, "Nick, are you sure you want
to do this?" Although it was hard work for a kid, I knew in my heart I did, so I
always told her, "Yes."
When you are ten or eleven or twelve, you may know what you want to do. You may know where
you want to go, but without someone to help you get there, you're stuck. I see many young
people who don't do anything. They have no dreams. I had a dream and a mother who believed
in me. I am living proof that with a belief in yourself and an adult to help, the sky's
My mom doesn't know this because I've never told her, but even though I was young, I
realized what sacrifices she was making for me. I saw my mom and dad do without, so that
there would be traveling money, money for vocal lessons, money for dance lessons. I wanted
the day to come -- someday -- when I could make things better for them.
As you know, it has all worked out for the best. My mom has been very influential in my
success. And so has my dad. I love my whole family -- but I not only love, I like my
parents and I'm very grateful to them, especially my mom. Without them, I might not have
achieved my dream so young. Maybe I would have achieved it when I was much older. Nick
Carter, rising thirty-year-old star? I don't think so.
I could go out to a mall, and purchase something to show my gratitude to my parents. But
what amount do you spend to say thank you for faith, hope, and love -- the things my mom
gave me? No fancy car or piece of jewelry compares. So Mom, what I want you to know is
that your love nourished me, your faith helped me focus -- and my hope and yours paved my
way. That's what I want you to know, from my heart to your heart.
I am very grateful to be in this position. I want to thank all my fans.