We had the good fortune of connecting with Nick Poyner and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Nick, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
Ooh. This is a fascinating question.
As I hit my mid-thirties, the question becomes harder to answer.
The more time I spend at work, the more I long for time with friends and family.

But there is no “off” switch.
On those nights I can’t sleep, I constantly run new ideas through my head.
I started tattooing myself recently because it’s something I’d never attempted.
It’s going medium.
NFTs as well.
A friend suggested I try them so I made 101 Clowns as an exercise.
That sort of stuff throws off the “balance.”
Because it’s never going to eat into my “work” time – I have to pay rent.
So it eats up more and more “life” time.

So, yeah, I don’t really think there is a balance.

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 had someone say to me once “oh, you don’t do pupils…hm.” Honestly, that’s how I knew I was onto something that feels identifiable.

I don’t think anything is really easy.
It’s about constantly doing.
Obsessing over something until you yourself can stand back and say, “Not bad.”

The best lesson is really just to be nice to people.
I’ve had job opportunities from co-workers, old interns, friends of friends of friends.
Who knows?
People remember the assholes, so don’t be one of them.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’d say definitely Amoeba. Probably stop at The Iliad in North Hollywood.
I’d take them to Asanebo and they’d pay because they’re on vacation!
Also most likely Hi Ho Burger.
Recently discovered that place and those burgers are wonderful.
I’d try to see a show somewhere – mmmm maybe The Echo. Yeah, let’s say The Echo.
Put my mom’s house on the list because my best friend has known her for years so it’d be weird to not stop by and say ‘hi’ to my mom, you know?
And, uh, the La Brea Tar Pits because that’s been a huge hit recently.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are so many beautiful people in my life that believe in me. And I love each and every one of them.

But shoutout to the little guy who tells you you can’t do something.
Because that’s the voice you hear the loudest.

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