We had the good fortune of connecting with Nick Tortajada and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nick, what do you attribute your success to?
I do everything with a purpose to find purpose, both in life and in my career. I align myself with brands and projects whose values and ethos match my own. We each set our own metrics in deciding what feels like success, and for me it is knowing that I am surrounded by good intents, great people, creative challenges and fresh morals. By sticking to my values, I feel as though a genuine message can be read or felt through the work that I produce. I have always sought out projects and people that will push my boundaries, and do so in a supporting way that allows me to grow.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My goal in the content that I create is to ultimately allow viewers to “feel” the story rather than scroll past another captivating photo. I believe this is what sets my work apart. Being that I have never had an classical training in any of the mediums that I use, it was not an easy road, but having the ability to reach out to like-minded people when I hit a wall has helped me tremendously. I learned that failure is a part of success early on in life, and have always tried to keep my head in check when I am faced with hard decisions. I have learned that it is vital to be vulnerable and ask for help when needed. It’s a crucial step in personal and professional growth. I think am forever a student, at times a teacher, and always an open book – which is reflected in the work that I produce, in the way that I treat others, and in the brands and projects I align myself with. I feed off of the team aspect of production, because bouncing ideas off of others creates a louder voice.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Well I would hope they packed their hiking boots, because we will be hitting the local trails around phoenix and up north in Sedona and Flagstaff, only stopping to eat tacos at every spot we can find. Locally, I would head to the Superstitions so they can get a taste of the rugged, yet incredibly beautiful arizona desert, followed by a craft beer at Handlebar in AJ. In Flag, we would explore the Sanf Francisco Peaks and top it off with some delicious mexican food at Martanne’s.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
In general, the amazing people that I have had the great fortune of being surrounded by, from family to friends and work colleagues. My life has been a roller coaster of triumphs and fails, but I have always had a strong foundation of support behind me. My parents and brother for supporting me in any interest and encouraged me to pursue them, even when they were crazy. My friends for helping me launch businesses and ideas, pushing me to never settle and always go the extra mile. My colleagues for dishing out professional advice and support to help carve out the career that I have built.
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