We had the good fortune of connecting with Nikhil Walton and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nikhil, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I chose to pursue an artistic/creative career because growing up in an Indian household meant you are to become a doctor, dentist or engineer. That just wasn’t something I saw for my future, I always had an eye for creativity. After attending business school, I realized that I wanted to pursue my passion for photography and no longer “hide” from my artistic side, regardless of how my family felt. I feel most like myself when I’m behind a camera.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m a self taught photographer/videographer mainly working with musicians and local venues in the Boston area. I was looking to expand my opportunities so I decided to move to Los Angeles – that was last year. Two weeks into moving the pandemic shutdown began. It always hard to establish yourself as a new creative when you can’t network and collaborate with others. Regardless I used the time during the pandemic to rebuild my website and sharpen my skills. Now that things are returning to “new normal” I am excited to meet people and see what is out there for me.
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?
I would have to start off by taking them to Venice/ Santa Monica beach from LAX. Then to Mulholland Drive for a nice view, I also love Eaton Canyon trail not far from there in Pasadena. Maybe a couple days in Joshua Tree/Palm Springs then a adventure down to the Salton Sea. If we had any extra days I would take them up to Solvang for a day trip.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Elizabeth Walton my grandmother who passed away, always told me to follow my dreams regardless of life’s struggles.