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

Hi Nick, why did you pursue a creative career?
Going into the field of creative and art was always a pretty organic motion. Starting with being deeply interested with films and filmmaking at a very young age (I remember people saying why do you even look at the 2nd DVD, that’s all the boring stuff- but to me, ‘the making of’ was some of the most interesting parts), getting a digital camera gifted to me in middle school, etc. Pursuing the process of creating out of imagination, with the tools of cameras and lights, is something that’s still able to bring me enjoyment, even after all these years, even during the trying times. That to me is a pretty good sign that it’s something worth pursuing and continuing the journey in.

What should our readers know about your business?
When it comes to my business and my creative brand, being excited and proud have a strong correlation. Whenever someone views my work and is excited about it in any sense, that’s when I’m most proud- on the flip side, that internal feeling of being proud is one of the things that excites me about what I do. The other big thing that excites me is the unknown- to which I label as my ‘white rabbit’. In a lot of ways I’m thrilled by the chase of what’s to come: the clients I’ll work with, the brands, the projects, the places, all of it. I think if you can’t fantasize about the possibilities of what the future can hold for you in your job, you’re probably in the wrong field. That all ties into overcoming challenges and lessons learned- some of the biggest lessons involve seeing past the challenge or hurdle and staying the course, even when it’s tough. For me a lot of it is a mental thing, because of the fact that I do put everything into each project to make it the best it can be, I wear my artform on my sleeve. Which means what you get from me as your director or editor, or photographer, really is passion and determination in crafting your vision.

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?
A week long trip with me would involve tons of food first off- I love the diversity of cultures that translate into every kind of restaurant and desert place around. Tacos El Compita is a big one for me, Perch, Proper Hotel Rooftop- all amazing food. Randys or DK’s for doughnuts, Chocolate Bash for their crème puffs, Portos is amazing, Papillon bakery has the fluffiest Ponchiks, the list is endless. I love hiking around so doing the Hollywood sign is a must, and then there are some pretty cool trails in the Malibu Canyons as well- course now I can’t remember the names but any of the Backbone ones are solid. Santa Monica on a nice day is also a must, 5th St, Abbot Kinney and of course going to the beach (far right side of the pier only). Running around Hollywood and Rodeo Drive is cool for someone seeing it for the first time- I hate the crowds so it’s usually short lived though. I think DTLA has a ton to offer too: Grand Central Market, The Standard’s Rooftop, Broken Shaker, Spire 73 (even just exploring the InterConti), Wurstkuche and the Lost Spirits Distillery in Arts District, The Last Bookstore. There’s so much to see and do in LA if you’re looking for it, it’s sort of crazy- but we’d be busy!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are a lot of people that I can give recognition to (probably too many to count). In my younger years, Robert Rodriguez was very inspirational to me; seeing how he was able to shift people’s ideas of ‘low budget’ films and still create amazingly fun and entertaining films was always such a cool concept to me. Brandon Vaccaro (Brandon Vaccaro Studios) was a great mentor who put me in projects that were probably too big for me looking back, but from which I grew tremendously. Matt at Maniego Media who I’ve done some pretty cool projects with- his work ethic and overall approach to telling creative visuals is amazing to see. Another one is Shawn Finnie, who I consider a mentor; this man is an absolute beast in the entertainment space and honestly whenever we get a chance to catch up, I walk away feeling a little taller and a little more ambitious. Oh! And I definitely have to mention Youtube as well, I’d be leaving out a huge piece of the puzzle if I didn’t. Over the years there have been a ton of creatives who have fueled my love for video and photo via that platform. It’s insane to think about how much practical knowledge and skills you can gain by just using it as an medium for education.

Website: https://www.nickzaglmayr.com/
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Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nick-zaglmayr/
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Image Credits
Matt Gucci Arian Mahboubian

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