34: Nick Onken – How to Transition Into a Creative Entrepreneur

Creativity, Hobbyist, Mindset, Money & Business, Non-Traditional Creative, Personal Growth, Podcast, Weekend Warrior

“The end goal in mind isn’t going to work unless you’re fueled by passion.”

I was a graphic designer in Seattle. As a career, it was great. I had clients I loved and the work was fulfilling.

Photography slowly grew into something I learned to love. Then I became passionate about it.

This is the story of how I transitioned from a freelance designer into a full time photographer. It’s not all glamor and fashion. Living with a hyper low rent and a dodgy freelance work situation, I put all my intention and energy into my passion. That passion was what gave me the extra gas to get me to a career in photography.

I don’t have all the answers, but this is the story of what it took from me to get from where I was then to where I am now. Take what you will. But more than anything, thank you for listening.

“What is going to drive you is your passion. It’s knowing what you want and wanting it bad enough to do whatever it takes.”

Some things we learn in this podcast:

  • Shout out to Jeremiah Waters who asked the question:

“Many people, including myself, have a dream of quitting their day job and following their passion as a full time career. You are a shining example of someone who was able to take action and turn that dream into a reality. Could you share some insight into your path?”

  • How Nick was able to develop his portfolio while still taking design jobs to keep the money flowing
  • The importance of adding value when connecting with influencers
  • How to develop a portfolio
  • How to break through the noise and stand out above the creative crowds
  • On sacrifice while building a creative, entrepreneurial career
  • Risk and how it plays into rewards when


Links mentioned:

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