Money & Business

The age old battle with creatives is Art & Commerce. So many of us have grown up with this idea that money is evil, and when it becomes your soul’s purpose it can be empty. The trick really is to become aware of our relationship with money. The NIONlife perspective is to see money as a vehicle to create not only your art, but the life that you desire. That takes making money with your art or just making money in general to create your art. Most of us don’t have the luxury of having a trust fund to live off of, so the creative journey’s battle becomes down to making money and having time to create what makes you happy. Creating a business around your art is essential no matter what the genre or category. Learning see the value in what you do and charge for it.

"Philanthropy is the rent we pay to be on this planet." What does it take to sell more than 65 million records? 65 f___ing million... Our next guest has done all that and more. He is one of the few diamond artists which went 10 times certified platinum on one album alone. He has many hits...

"I love to create an experiential container that transforms and elevates." Today we’ve got my inspiring friend, Jonathan Fields on the show. Jonathan is the author of Uncertainty. In it, he talks about turning fear and doubt into fuel for brilliance. I feel like fear and doubt are things that I experience all the time in...

"Make your life a story worth telling." Today I’ve got my good friend Adam Braun on the show, and I’m excited because I’ve been able to be a part of his story over the last 5 years of building his charity, Pencils of Promise. I met Adam through a mutual friend, Reid, and after a...

Jeff Lipsky on ShopTalk Radio with Nick Onken

I took one of my favorite pictures of all time with just myself and the subject, and that’s something I’m always trying to chase to get back to. Today on the show I’m talking to one of my favorite photographers of all time, Jeff Lipsky. Jeff and I met when one day I just hit...

"My workflow is: The answer is, 'Yes.' Now what's the question?" The word SEX gets attention, so does Art Streiber's work. He is one of the top portrait photographers in Los Angeles today. His work is iconic. You've probably seen it in world class magazines like Vanity Fair, GQ, Entertainment Weekly or Fast Company just...

People are not only essential for our growth but also give us a lot of happiness. You know how important people skills are. You know how important charisma is. You know that human interaction and building relationships are both huge parts of building your own business and brand. But did you know there are things...

Fashion is an industry, but style is for everybody. We have all had trouble accepting ourselves the way we are. Sometimes, people use clothes and fashion as a way to cover up who they are, or to beat people to the punch of putting them in a box. But fashion can also be impressive, thought...

"If you want something, the only way you're gonna get it is by taking it." Creativity is sexy. Jon Contino started getting paid for his calligraphy and design work at the tender age of 14. He carried that through for years, but it all came to a halt in 2008 when the economy tanked. It's...