We had the good fortune of connecting with Mark Nicholas and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mark, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I don’t think that I ever felt that I was starting a business. Rather I believed that I was just pursuing the work that I enjoy. For me, my business is the best of all of the things that I enjoy most – namely creativity, innovation, education and helping others. With all of that in mind, my background helping others as an attorney and strategist definitely made things easier for me in that I was familiar with the laws and rules, understood structure, business plans, marketing and utilizing technology and innovation. While this certainly provided an advantage to my own business, it all translated into a significant advantage for our clients.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
With more than 30 years’ experience supporting businesses in meeting their goals, the Manhattan Beach Studios team works every day with businesses and dreamers from the individual sole proprietor to the largest corporations helping develop content, strategies and something innovative and fun. Essentially, the studio is a giant scratch pad with the tools to create practically anything – from simple photos and headshots to full-length advertisements, and everything fun in between. These days, staying on the cutting edge means interactive web content, 360 content and VR – and we help to bring those options to all of our clients. My background is as diverse as our business. I started my career running live and studio sound for major acts and eventually went to law school at Syracuse University. In the years that followed, I practiced law at major firms and corporations and worked extensively with a variety of clients including small businesses and entrepreneurs, and lived and traveled extensively throughout much of the world including extensive travels through Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Antarctica. Creatively and technically, I was working with and supporting a variety of projects in the movie, music and theatrical arts, and shooting images which were finding their way onto the pages of National Geographic, Astronomy and more. Essentially, the studio is like a family. It’s where we do what we love, work with people we respect and have great fun. We love the community we are a part of. We believe that we make a big difference in the lives of our clients. In a business which is changing as quickly as ours, our core challenge is to continue supporting clients struggling to understand and overcome, adapting to changing customer demographics, moving from retail to e-commerce and transitioning from an office environment to remote. Basically, we adapt right with our clients.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
My family loves the local eateries – Eatalian Cafe in Gardena is an amazing experience for homemade pasta, Hawkins House of Burgers in Watts for the best burger in the city, For a prime rib, we hit the Bull Pen in South Redondo, Breakfast food is amazing at the iconic Eat at Joe’s. We could go on and on. It’s easy to forget how interesting, historic and scenic our home town is. I wouldn’t know where to start. We have our PV scenics, celebrity hotspots, beaches and traditional Hollywood.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Nicolas Putnam, Video/Cinematographer Guru and Lauren de Castro are essential to our success. Nic and Lauren bring incredible enthusiasm and experience to our clients and really help live my dream of having the perfect work family.
All photos shot by Mark Nicholas, Owner, Manhattan Beach Studios or by studio staff.