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

Hi Nikoli, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
I’ve found my own balance over time. I want to do a lot and often find myself involved in several projects at once, which means I need to have insane amounts of project and stress management. I love a little chaos and pressure though, it brings out my best work because you don’t necessarily have time to think, it’s all about action. I guess it’s just a matter of what I’m trying to balance — my social life, my work life, feelings, personal projects, etc it always depends on the week and the goals I’m working towards. I stay balanced by keeping a list / weekly schedule of what’s going on just so I can stay on track. I started working in affirmations into the schedule too (per my friend Jono’s suggestion) which has helped me stay locked in and focused on what I’m looking to achieve that week.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Please tell us more about your art. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about:

Photos, videos, music + designs — everything blends together. I work towards working with other artists to bring a creative vision and experience together. On a day to day basis I love taking “in the moment” photographs, looking to capture pictures in the moment.

How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges?

A lot of practice, making friends, and a willingness to dive head first into any situation. Nothing’s ever easy and there are always days where I question everything. I’m able to overcome them by taking time to myself to understand the questions I’m asking, then by looking inward to find my answers. I’m also lucky to have friends that want to talk when I find myself hitting a ceiling and will share their different perspectives so I can find a way to break through it (or at least find a door into a different room). Honestly it’s all about movement and not stopping, I’ve stay persistent so I know that any moment what I’m working towards will come together.

What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way.

Stay persistent and consistent. Do what you love. Love what you do. If I’m stressed I probably have work that I’m putting off. Talk to your friends. Be honest with yourself. Work with your friends. Don’t be afraid to hit up people whose work you’re inspired by. Ask questions. Be open to people’s opinions (younger or older than you). You don’t have to take the opinions to heart. Trust yourself. Love yourself. It’s ok to keep your phone on do not disturb. It’s ok to delete social media. Work smart, not hard.

What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?

I’d want them to know that no matter the artistic medium I’d love to work together to create the vision. currently transitioning into housing my creative work under PLAYNICE as a studio that focuses on collaboration and making work that connects with others. there’s always so much to make and so many good ideas that are talked about and PLAYNICE will be built out to have the capability to execute the ideas without hesitation.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Favorite Spots in the city Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever.

Oh wow, this is a difficult question. Being from LA there’s a lot of spots that I’d want to take them. However, if I’m being honest we’d end up pulling up to hang out with my friends and go from there. I’ve always thought the best way to experience a city is to treat it like you live there.

Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.

If they’re here for a week I hope that they’re hanging out with their other friends too cause I have work, but in a world where I have no responsibilities this is what we’d do:

We’d hang out with my friends and see what’s going on with them. if any of them are playing shows we’d 100 percent go to one. We’d run all the good restaurants anything from SugarFish, J&V, or Sticky Rice at Grand Central Market Downtown. We’d go shopping at some antique mall or Fairfax. We’d have to hit a hookah at least once at Naab. Grab a drink in Malibu. if going out was an option, we’d see what parties were going on and run around so they could meet my other friends. Mostly just see what’s going on and take it day by day.

In your view what are some of the most fun, interesting, exciting people, places or things to check out?

I feel so out of touch with the city because of being in lockdown for so long. I’d say check out the Hammer Museum, the Broad, or the MOCA when they have exhibits. Sometimes ill type “antique malls” into maps and just drive around to see what kind of vintage items I can find in the area. If shows were going on, I’d say buy tickets and go see some live performances I miss going to the Fonda or Shrine.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Yes! I recently read The Inner Game of Tennis by W. Timothy Gallwey (also, shoutout Cait for recommending it). If you haven’t read it, I highly suggest reading it. As for the people who deserve a credit and recognition in my story might be a little long for this, but to make a long list short — my friends and family.

I’ve been extremely lucky to be surrounded by countless talented, driven, and inspired people that want to learn and grow together. Not to mention my friends that have been generous with their time and willingness to teach me and help me on the creative endeavors I find myself working on or wanting to work on.

Website: www.nikolipartiyeli.com / www.playnicebenice.com

Instagram: instagram.com/nikoliparty

Twitter: twitter.com/nikoliparty

Image Credits
Main Image: Nikoli Partiyeli 1st Photograph: Sam Winship 2nd-4th Photographs: Nikoli Partiyeli

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