We had the good fortune of connecting with Courtney Nichols and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Courtney, why did you pursue a creative career?
I remember, at a very young age, being asked by a teacher whether I considered myself a “business” or a “creative.” This harshly limiting categorization followed me throughout my youth, into college, my internships, and eventually the infancy of my career. I would often pursue opportunities simply because it would prove that I am all business, and when I found myself entrenched in a creative project I worried that I would lose my entrepreneurial edge. It wasn’t until I begrudgingly attended law school that I realized the power and the beauty of being both creative and business, while refusing to categorize yourself as either. This epiphany lifted weight of my shoulder, as suddenly I could traverse all worlds, without the self-doubting dread that I was not living up to my defined category. My take away: pursue what makes you feel the most you, regardless of what was engrained in you since birth.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am the founder & CEO of Disco Dining Club – a theatrical and thematic dinner series that harkens the glory days of sloppy, decadent romps. Since July, myself and my creative partner (Blakeshine) have produced colorful party packages hand delivered to doorsteps in Los Angeles and beyond. Enter Of the Night. Of the Night are thematic party packages designed to eradicate boredom. Each Of the Night package has the makings of a perfect night out, translated into a perfect night in. Of the Night is for the weekend warriors yearning for the dance floor, for the social bumblebees with their glass raised high at last call, for the wanderer, the misfit, the maven, the freak. For YOU – our community, our friends, who miss howling at the moon. My goal with all my projects, endeavors, and new ventures is to give people the freedom to be wild. Too often we consider boredom just a part of growing up. I am here to argue otherwise.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Note that this list is not necessarily pandemic friendly: Bob Baker Marionette Theater, Hinano Burger, Dear Johns, Musso & Franks, The Carousel at Griffith Park, Tam O’Shanter, The Fountain Room at the Beverly Hills Hotel, El Coyote, Shatto 39 Lanes, Diorama-Museum of Bhagavad-gita, Hollyhock House.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to give a shoutout to media in all its forms: movies, television, music, theater, ALL OF IT. Without it, I would cease to exist.
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