We had the good fortune of connecting with Nico Navia and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nico, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk in a creative and artistic profession is inevitable. The life of an artist is perpetually unpredictable and with that comes financial, emotional and interpersonal consequences. Risk can be a scary and intimidating idea but without it our lives can become monotonous and unfulfilling. As children, we all have big dreams and most often those dreams are difficult to achieve and consequently it’s a risk in itself to pursue them. Ultimately risk equals purpose. if we don’t take risks we endanger ourselves to think of our lives as meaningless and incomplete. Personally, I have taken big and small risks with both good and bad outcomes but always fulfilling in one way or another. Because of the risks I have taken, I have been able to have experiences beyond my wildest dreams. I can only attribute the memorable moments in my life to decisions that could have backfired but with a little bit of luck things seem to find their way. For those few inopportune moments of misfortune one can only learn and grow. So without taking risks, one will only feel stagnant and inadequate. The role of risk in our personal life and career is paramount to success and ultimately happiness.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m a Director of Photography in the film and entertainment industry. My primary job is to support the vision of the director and translate her or his ideas on to the screen. My work varies from narrative features and short films to commercials and music videos with a few documentary projects peppered in here and there. I like to think I’m still at the early stages of my career. I learn something new every time I step on set and even on my days off I try to expand my knowledge and understanding of my craft. The trajectory hasn’t been easy or straightforward. I have been extremely lucky to have attended some of the best film schools in the world and learn from world class filmmakers. Like all professions, there are good days and there are bad days. As an artist, the work can become emotional and hard to navigate at times so it’s important to reflect on what worked and didn’t work and realize that every experience provides the opportunity to learn and grow. I love the dichotomy between the art and the technical aspect of my job. There are some DP’s that are more technical and some that are more artistic, I like to think I fall somewhere in the middle of that spectrum. Knowing the tools and techniques available to me is just as valuable as knowing how to translate the emotion of a scene onto the screen. Understanding the story, the characters and their arcs is the most important part of my job. With the collaboration of my colleagues, the ultimate goal is to try to tell a story that an audience can feel an emotional connection to. If someone is moved and changed even by the smallest margin by the story we put on screen, then we’ve all done our job. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Most people would probably attribute their success to the support of their family and friends and I am no different. Many people have helped me get where I am today but I don’t think the journey so far would have been as easy and enjoyable without the support of my family and close friends. Without apprehension I would dedicate my efforts in life and career to that support system. The guidance and constant reassurance of a better future opens up my perspective and allows me to tackle difficult moments and keep charging forward.
Carlos Ariel Lopez @carlosariellopez / Charlie Murphy @still_charlie