We had the good fortune of connecting with Nicolas Fernandez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nicolas, what habits do you feel play an important role in your life?
First of all, I don’t consider myself successful. I have seen success in certain things, but overall I think of myself as a constant work-in-progress. With that in mind, I think the most important habits have been those that have helped me develop a hard-working ethic, like being humble and having a team-oriented mentality. Those are the most important characteristics in my opinion. Having talent is very important, but if your ego is the first thing that comes across, then people will not like to work with you. No matter how experienced or talented you are you should always be humble, respectful and open-minded in order to be a reliable asset for your team. I believe you should strive to be someone your team will want to get a beer with after work.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’ve always tried to absorb as much information as possible in anything I’ve done, seeing every job as a learning opportunity and at the same time always moving forward, even when in doubt. I’m very happy to be an editor and motion designer at an amazing advertising agency at the moment, but there were many times when I doubted myself and wondered if what I was doing was taking me on the right path. I’ve had kind of a rollercoaster of a career; having majored in animation at art school, then working as a PR in Major League Soccer, being a production designer for commercials, working in the production team at a major TV network, and eventually becoming an editor and motion designer in advertising. Being younger I didn’t realize it, but every job prepared me for the next one, even if it was in a different industry. By keeping an open mind and not paying attention to my own self doubt, I have been able to learn many things ranging from writing press releases, to shooting video, art-directing and even interviewing professional soccer players; although many of those those things were not what I went to school for and neither did I think I would ever do. I believe that the professional/technical knowledge I’ve gathered is greater than if I had followed a straight line right out of college. I’ve worked on all sides of the audiovisual spectrum in different countries, always keeping an open mind while learning from many different people and circumstances. And I still do.
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?
If it’s my best friend then the first thing we’ll do is probably go play fútbol at Stadio Soccer.
Then for dining I’d say Fiorito (Argentinian restaurant near the Design District), CVI.CHE 105 (Peruvian), Phuc Yea (Vietnamese restaurant in the Upper East Side), Sugarcane (midtown) and Rusty Pelican in Key Biscayne to catch the sunset and a nice view of the Miami skyline.
Then for drinks we can go to laid-back places around midtown and Wynwood like Lagniappe, Veza Sur brewery and Gramps.
Finally, we’ll end the night eating Venezuelan arepas at La Latina.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My parents Pepe and Luchi, my sister Andrea, and my brother Sebastian aka Bluhauz. The five of us have always supported each other and none of us would be where we are today without the help of the whole Fernandez family.