[Interview] Nikola Kostic on Staying Out of Your Comfort Zone

Smoke by Nikola Kostic

Nikola is one of the most interesting people I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing so far. Hailing from Serbia and living in Bali for the last 15 years, Nikola has taken photos everywhere from the tops of the mountains in Nepal to deep in the Pacific Ocean in Asia.

Traveling all over Southeast Asia and photographing the people, landscape, and culture, Nikola can be described as an adventurous soul on a mission to capture the most unique moments of life.

The focus of my work is dying cultures; cultures in transition.

Talking with him, I was almost in tears from laughter, inspired to grab my suitcase and become a nomad, and completely taken by his life philosophy.

At one point, Nikola explains how every place he visits he makes it a mission to get lost in that place. Only by getting out of your comfort zone and surrounding to your surroundings, does pure creativity flow.

Listen as Nikola takes you on a funny, intense, and sometimes uncomfortable journey of how he became a photographer in Southeast Asia. Topics covered include:

    • How he first got into photography and made his first $1
    • How 40 meters difference multiplied sales by x10
    • The importance of travel to creativity
    • How being fearless and making mistakes in your 20s is a great idea
    • How to persevere in the face of uncertainty
    • The importance of getting out of your comfort zone
    • Nikola’s 5 turns technique
    • The future of photography

Listen to the interview here:

While you’re listening to Nikola and I talk, take a look at some of the photographs Nikola has taken. <<

Previously on the podcast…

1. Lisa Janes on What Galleries Look For in an Artist
2. Matej Valtr on his Creative Process as a Filmmaker
3. Romeo Shagba on How to Find Your Style as an Artist

P.S. You can also read more about how we met Nikola at a cafe in Ubud.

P.S.S. Now for the first time, you can purchase Nikola’s photographs online and get anything express shipped to your door! Check out our shop to see the collection.


This interview is one part of our Artists on Entrepreneurship podcast coming soon to iTunes.

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