We had the good fortune of connecting with Nick Deboisblanc and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Nick, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
There have been a lot of experiences in my life that I’ve been able to pull from when I think about whether I should keep going or give up.

My most recent experience was a couple of years ago when I first moved to DFW. It was the tail end of 2020 and I had just packed up my car with everything I could. I drive a Camaro, so it ended up only being a suitcase with my clothes, a box of some important documents in case of an emergency, and my camera equipment. I was born and raised in Los Angeles. My friends and family were all there, so this was the biggest leap of faith that I’ve ever taken in my 33 years.

After spending a few months trying to figure out what I was going to do and how I was going to get work, I ended up flying back to California for the holidays. It was a short stay, but there was a point where I was sitting by myself considering everything. I realized that I could very easily come back to the life I had here, but the thought occurred to me that if I came back then nothing would have changed. Then I realized that if I were to give up, I would regret it forever and even though I had no earthly idea how I was going to make it happen, I was going to. There was only plan A.

I came back and I haven’t regretted that decision once. I have an abundance of work and I’ve met some great people who have become family. So, even if I’m going through something now, I just think about the fact that there is no plan B here, there is only plan A.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Professionally speaking, I’m a media producer who works on each aspect of media from audio recordings for podcasts to photographing events or real estate to video work for shows or social media. I’ve been producing media for about five years now and I just recently stepped into being an executive producer for a couple of new projects coming up real soon. Being an executive producer is one of the best titles to describe the entirety of my skill set. I’ve always been the person who thinks and plans through every little detail.

It’s always an interesting topic for me to consider what my art is due to the fact that I never considered myself a creative person. It’s something I need to remind myself of quite a bit when I’m working.

To be specific, I’m a media producer and have worked my way into the executive aspects of that recently. Being an executive producer is one of the best titles to describe the entirety of my skill set. I’ve always been the person who thinks and plans through every little detail. I grew up playing video games, which gave me the imagination and ability to tell stories. Throughout most of my 20s, I worked a day job doing accounting while I honed my skills in audio, photography, and videography. Mentioning accounting is usually where I lose people and to be entirely honest, it’s a question I could never answer for the longest time either. The best part of having the experience of working a day job is I learned that at the end of the day I need to be the one who is putting in the time to make myself better. It took me years to hone my skills in audio, photography, videography, and even in editing. There were countless hours I spent staring at my computer not sure how I could fix a picture or a video, but after researching I made it happen.

Those hours of practicing the skills I needed has given me the opportunity to finally be on the team who oversees the entirety of a project, I can also tie everything together much nicer when describing who I am and why I stand out from other people in the entertainment industry since there’s a bit more resolution now than there was when I was going through that hustle. When I’m speaking with other creatives, I love discussing all the different aspects of cinematography or photography, but there is usually a point where the conversation pivots to the business aspect. For example, is it really a good idea to buy a new camera right when it releases, or is it better to apply some prolonged gratification to see how competitors respond?

The reverse is also true, I love speaking with people about how they run their businesses and what they’re doing to make an impact. However, the discussion will usually lead to me asking something about marketing and how they’re getting their brand out there. So, that’s how I stand out from others. I can have in-depth discussions on both sides of the spectrum.

I’m grateful for the fact that I’ve had opportunities to work in the executive producer capacity while continuing to take jobs doing just photography or just videography. I’m currently an executive producer with FMDGlobalTV and Blaq Pearl Entertainment. For FMDGlobalTV I oversee shows like Bold & Unique Living with Katrina Lokko and I’m not able to talk about the projects for Blaq Pearl Entertainment, but I can certainly say I’m excited about them.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
That’s easy, the first place I’m taking anyone who visits me is Buc-ee’s. It’s the best when I remind someone that it’s a gas station after we walk around inside for 10 minutes and they never know what to do with that reminder. A couple of other things that would be on the itinerary are going to restaurants like Texas Roadhouse, Old West, and finding the local taco truck.

Going into downtown Dallas is also a must. Seeing everything from the eyeball to a couple of the iconic hotels helps show off how great of a city it is. While in downtown, I would show them a museum or two like The Sixth Floor Museum.

Another great place to go is the Stockyards in Fort Worth to catch a rodeo or some of the longhorn they have there.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My first response to this has and will always be that it’s God who deserves all the credit for everything I do. He’s with me in every aspect of my life and I wouldn’t be where I am today without Him. However, I’m also blessed to have a group of people that I’m around multiple times a week who put up with me and support me through anything I’m going through. They each know who they are and if I had the time I would mention each of them by name, but there are three who have really made an incredible impact on my life above anyone else. They’re Rick Stabile, Bo Talley-Williams, and Katrina Lokko.

Having people who you trust is essential and it’s something that’s beyond helpful, it’s needed. It’s so humbling to say that I can count the three of them as mentors. They’re people who make time for me when I need it. They give me wisdom and allow me to process through situations when I need to. The three of them have poured into me since I met them and their wisdom means more to me than I could ever express. This would be the first time I’ve expressed it, but it’s funny when they each give me the exact same advice on an experience I’m having. There is always a different explanation each one brings, but I think it’s a sign that these three deserve that special mentor spot in my life.

Instagram: nick_smoose

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nick-deboisblanc-a42596121/

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