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Meet Nico Duarte of Tragic Vision

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nico Duarte.

Nico, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I grew up in Los Angeles. I started my creative journey with a love of making music, all while working several different jobs out of high school to pay the bills. While working with artists in a recording studio as a second job, I started building a curiosity for visual production due to other artists in the studio being unhappy with music videos that were being produced for their songs. I would then use a friend’s basic DSLR camera to practice filming and editing hands-on by filming music videos for local artists for free. That lead to my first clients being private cannabis events, who would request for music video style promotional videos of their events.

This allowed me to meet several people from all different business backgrounds whether it be recording artists or business owners. With consistency & the passion to want to learn as well as push creative boundaries. I was able to quit my corporate job as a customer service rep to start my own Video Production business in which I specialize in directing, filming & editing anything from short films, music videos, commercials & television-style videos. I now also work as camera op & director of photography for network television as well in hopes to one day be able to direct bigger budget network shows & films, along with continuing to direct music videos.

Has it been a smooth road?
When I first began this journey, it was as bumpy as a road can get. From mental battles of low confidence to the lows of life’s lessons, it was a test of the passion and drive you must have and keep when investing in your future. I have had several examples in life of the consequences of not wanting more for yourself & for your family’s future, and being content with settling. I have always kept in mind that I do not only intent to succeed for myself but to set the example for those around me who have never been given an example of this. The passion for what I do and who I do it for is what allows the struggles to turn to strengths.

Please tell us about Tragic Vision.
Tragic Vision is a Video Production company that represents me as the Director. It is a brand that is known for pushing uniqueness & innovation in its video content for any client from commercial video work to music videos & Film and Television. My main focus is to help brands showcase or market themselves to their demographics with the immersive, trendy video content. I try to bring a narrative and theme to each video whether it is commercial work or music videos for the variety of artists I work for. My brand is also known for working with several influencers creating several kinds of comedy skits. I also do several positions on different sets from Television to Music Videos, working with people from Dave Chapelle to Wiz Khalifa, as well as having the honor to work alongside great directors like Stan Lathan, Johnathan Reid and Twist Images. My goal is to continue to work with like-minded individuals that want to push the boundaries and always reach new heights with the work we do.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
The Video Production industry is always changing, from different styles of equipment to the different stories being told and how they are distributed to the masses. I am always certain that visual art will always be here to stay, and I am excited to see what the future will bring not only to the industry but to Tragic Vision as a brand that will continue to provide innovative content through visual arts.

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