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Art & Life with Nick Zaglmayr

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nick Zaglmayr.

Nick, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I guess you could say that this story started a long time ago when my Grandma gave me my first camera for my birthday, I believe I was about 10. Before that I was already exposed to film and pictures, as my mom had been documenting most of my childhood with her camera (seeing as she was the one who worked at a camera shop in Germany when she was growing up), added to the fact that I would watch as many movies as I could- always with a huge fascination for the behind the scenes at the end of the movie.

Back to the camera; I would make these short TV-style segments with a few friends, where we would mimic news anchors, Jackass movie stunts, pranks, and more. This, tied in with my love for Hollywood films, kept me creating for a while, eventually upgrading to a mini disc camcorder. Fast forwarding to about my Junior year in high-school, I was introduced to DSLRs through a coworker of mine, and that’s really where my passion for creating content began to transform. Starting with car shows all over California, me and a buddy would go around shooting cars, first with photos, and then video.

Then from there, it was clear that in order to keep progressing, I would need to learn more about the gear, the production side of things, and especially the business side of things. Through tons of trial and error, through amazing opportunities to create video work, and through my own stubbornness to create works that I felt were artistic, I slowly began to develop a portfolio and a wide range of experience in the content creation field.

Throughout my life, the idea of living in LA was always something I’ve wanted. And from about 2011 till the beginning of 2018, I would take trips to various parts of LA for small gigs, mostly EDM related events and of course automotive shows- all while building contacts, and getting more and more convinced that LA is where I needed to be. Having said in the past that I would be moving here, I knew that this year, 2018, I would really need to commit and make it happen, and so with some convincing of a close friend, we were able to find an awesome place, another roommate, and literally sign the lease and move in within a matter of about 5 days.

For most people, I’m sure that sounds crazy, and it is, especially coming here without a fixed job and having to start from the ground up- but I’ve learned that opportunities come and go, and I’d rather be on the side of knowing what the potential was, then having never done it at all. So that is the story so far, I’m so excited to be living here in Hollywood and cannot wait to see what the future has in store.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I create video content and stills for brands and individuals who require clean, precise, and tasteful works of art.

I’ve definitely come to the realization that my body of work is a very tangible example of who I am as a person and my beliefs and values. The videos come from a place of wanting to create visual art that portrays emotions and feeling; whether that’s supposed to be funny, sad, serious, badass, or something in between!

My style stems from wanting to share the best version of an idea and vision that I can, that is why details are very important to me, and why I am constantly in the pursuit of evolving my craft, gear, and skills.

What would you recommend to an artist new to the city, or to art, in terms of meeting and connecting with other artists and creatives?
I feel like in the past, being an artist definitely had an element of taboo in its own way, with culture not being as accepting to the idea as say, a doctor or an athlete- But today it’s really such a new world of creators and artists, that now more than ever, you have the ability and the tools to express yourself the way you want.

What I do and will continue to do is reach out to people whose work inspires me and who I feel that I can learn from. I’d say that connecting with like-minded people is THE way to keep pushing yourself and your art. Whether that’s through DMing, emailing, going to workshops, meetups, collaborating on projects, etc. There are so many ways to connect with other artists nowadays, so just start. 🙂

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
My work can be seen on my website; there, all the content you see has created by me, including the site itself actually.

My Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube feature my work as well- definitely Instagram more so than others, as I love the potential that app has for me and creatives, and how it’s so accessible for anyone to find- I’ve only in the last… 8 months or so, really began to take posting more seriously and with more intent and frequency, but all the stuff I’ve ever thrown up on there is still there, down to my first post ever.

At the end of the day, my real satisfaction comes from the responses I get from clients, friends and peers of my industry. Knowing that I am able to create work that can speak to people and bring enjoyment is such a dope part of what I do.

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