Today we’d like to introduce you to Nicholas Veinoglou.
Nicholas, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I grew up in the small town in Great Barrington, MA, into a family of doctors and nurses. No one else in my family was ever into the arts; I always remember when my family would get together for Thanksgiving, I was kind of the black sheep at the table. Everyone else had their career neatly planned out while I was busy dreaming up being on stage and touring the world. My family always supported me; however, and it was with their enthusiasm, I was able to actualize my dreams. I applied to the Berklee College of Music and graduated Magna Cum Laude in May 2015 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Guitar Performance and a minor in Harmony. I have always been HUGE on setting goals.
I always have one month, three months, six months, one year, five years, and 10-year goals. I write them out as often as possible, and litter my desk with sticky notes reminding me of the biggest ones… “play at Madison Square Garden” … “Go on a World Tour”.. etc. I regularly meditate on all of those goals and try to get into a headspace where I live my dreams before they have even happened. The power of manifesting is absolutely insane. I know it can sound kind of hippy-dippy to some people, but everything I have ever truly whole-heartedly wanted has happened simply by writing down my goals and believing I can have them. I took all of these dreams with me across the country to Los Angeles, where I set up camp and started my career.
After a month in LA, one of my friends recommended me for an audition through a website called musicianscasting.com and booked the gig. I ended up touring with pop artist Jordan Fisher for a solid year, through US, Europe, and Asia. I made a lot of close relationships while on tour, which leads to my current gig playing with Bazzi. It’s crazy how relationship-based the whole industry is. I’ve been touring with Bazzi for over a year now, and have a pretty crazy year ahead which I’m really excited about. The past year we have toured both nationally and internationally opening for artists such as Justin Timberlake, Camila Cabello, Shawn Mendes, Alessia Cara, Calvin Harris, Khalid, The Chainsmokers, Cardi B, Dua Lipa, Meghan Trainor, Plain White T’s, The Commodores, JoJo, and Allen Stone along the way.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I missed close to 100 days of school when I was in 8th grade. I grew severely depressed and anxiety-ridden most of that year, and the only time I would really feel at peace was when I was playing the guitar. I would stay home playing all day long. The guitar became a security blanket of sorts, and I remember waking up one day with an overwhelming desire to share the light that music was bringing me. It felt more like a responsibility. I knew there were other people facing tough times out there, and the fact that I found such an accessible remedy to overcome those feelings was alarming. It was definitely my “ah ha!” moment.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I have the best job in the world. I get to travel the world and bring people together by playing the earth’s universal language; music. As a touring guitarist and musical director, my responsibilities range from anything to performing, arranging songs for live performance, rehearsing the band, and production. I’m proud to have been working full time in my field, self-employed for the last seven years. I enjoy taking on different styles of music and different performance types (from arenas to TV, to small intimate venues) – the size of the room and occasion can change everything about a performance. It’s fun to develop a few different versions of a show to suit the event.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
I define success as living and breathing your dreams every single day. Going to sleep excited and waking up eager to jump out of bed and crush it. As long as you are happy doing whatever it is you are doing, and you continue to push yourself to work harder and dream bigger-you are succeeding. There should always be something you are working towards, a goal or a dream-something that ignites your fire. Success isn’t something you win or celebrate; it’s not a one-time thing you achieve. It’s like a dream-its something you live!!
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