We had the good fortune of connecting with Nick Bianco and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nick, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
So my work life balance has definitely changed over time. When I first started Good Grief Media, I was still working at a local radio station and going to school, so the only time I was able to spend working on the company fell into my free time. Which I really think is how it all starts. You’re not going to be able to start something and right out of the gate spend every waking minute working on that thing.
Since COVID really set in a year ago, I took that as an opportunity to buckle down and put 110% of my energy into Good Grief Media. While it may not be the “healthiest” work ethic, I pretty much spend every waking moment working on Good Grief Media in some capacity at this point. It’s always on my mind.
I hopped on the TikTok trend back in December, and due to how quickly everything runs on there, it was really easy to lose myself in the momentum of it all. Recently, I’ve been trying to evenly divide my time and energy into a few different things to avoid burn-out, so we’ll see how that goes! Over this past year, I think the most important thing I’ve learned is how important it is to give yourself breaks, taking a step back from whatever you’re working on, and focus on yourself.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I really like to keep my work as fresh as possible, so I end up keeping a few different creative outlets in rotation. I’d say my go-to’s are anything that involves working behind a camera or computer. Whether that be videography, photography, editing, or graphic design, that’s where the the majority of my creative energy comes out. I’ve also been writing scripts for a while now, whether they’re made for fun, a possible production down the road, or just to stay sharp around those edges, I’ve always had some kind of script in the works.
There’s always been a pretty massive level of transparency in whatever creative endeavor I’m working on at that time. I’ve always been a person who feels first, creates second, and thinks third (the “thinking third” aspect isn’t recommended by the way, I’m still working on that one). But at the end of the day, my hope has always been that someone who’s experiencing those same emotions can see my work, and have it resonate with them on some level.
I just finished releasing a new merch collection that focuses on mental health awareness. I drew all three designs while going through some difficult times, so the overall process of going from conception, to execution, to distribution has been an extremely cathartic experience to say the least.
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?
That’s a good question! Right away, I’d take them to brunch at Bali Hai on Shelter Island. It’s got a gorgeous view of the city, not to mention the food and drinks are fantastic.
Depending how we feel, I’d suggest doing a quick tour of my favorite record stores in San Diego. Some definite stops would be Record City in Hillcrest, Vinyl Junkies in South Park, and Lou’s Records in Encinitas. I’m a regular at all of these shops, their selections are amazing. As far as hanging out and killing time, I’ve always loved driving up to Mt. Soledad in la Jolla, there’s panoramic views of the city in every direction, if not Mt. Soledad, then maybe driving up to Julian for some cider and check out the cute and quaint mountain town.
Honestly, there’s so many beautiful spots sprawled across San Diego, it’s difficult to even try making a list of my favorite spots!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Absolutely! Of course I have to give a huge thank you to my mom, Kimberly, and stepdad, Mike, for supporting me all these years, no matter the creative endeavor. Not to mention them never being afraid to tell me when I need to take a break. You really need to keep those kinds of people close to you. I’m a textbook over thinker, so I can’t tell you how much it helps to have people who really have your best interest in mind, not only professionally, but as a human being. In more of a direct sense, I want to sincerely thank my team of bosses at the radio station, Ciro, Nick, John, and Chris.
Without them, I really don’t think Good Grief Media would’ve ever been a thing. They’ve continued to support me over the years and it means the world. Last but not least, I need to send a heartfelt thank you to my friend Andres. He’s seriously been there with me through it all. No matter the circumstances, he’s always made a point to be available and receptive to me pitching him new ideas, both good and bad. I’d honestly put Andres into the category where he’s not afraid to tell me how it is. Did I mention how important it is to have those people in your life?
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Andres Rosemund (“Memories With You” behind-the-scenes photographer/producer)