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#68 Nick Onken on The Ups & Down of Creative Entrepreneurship: How to Lean In To Your Creativity & Get Paid to Do It

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If you don’t know his name, I’m sure you’ve seen his work. Nick Onken is a world renowned photographer, host of NIONradio podcast, and creative entrepreneur devoted to inspiring the world to create their moments.

Nick has photographed a who’s who of personalities such as Justin Bieber, Tom Hanks, Jessica Alba and Lewis Howes.  Also, he has photographed global campaigns for international brands such as Nike, Coca Cola and Adidas. His work has been published in magazines such as Conde Nast Traveler, Cosmopolitan, and Marie Claire.

Nick is a renaissance man who not only has traveled to over 60 countries and 7 continents, but also has a A-list network of friends and is actively involved in charity work. On his podcast geared towards creative entrepreneurs, he has interviewed celebrities such as Usher, Scooter Braun, and Donna Karen.
Aside from all of this professional achievements, this episode is all about getting honest about how he’s done what he’s done so far and also the hard times. The ones in the past and the ones he is going through now. “Living the dream” doesn’t always feel like a dream.

We cover:

  • How he got started in photography & made it a career
  • Personal brand photography: his creative process, working with clients & his “elevated realism” style
  • Networking: How he’s built a personal network of celebrities & power players  
  • Creativity: how to become more creative & how he stays inspired to create
  • Business challenges he’s faced & still faces
  • The highs & lows of creative entrepreneurship, how Instagram is changing the photography industry and more!
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