Every writer has doubts, wondering if there is any point in writing. Knowing in this modern-day, so many people aren’t reading anymore. However, it’s moments like these that give any writer the encouragement and excitement to keep writing. My summer was magical and challenging. But then something monumental happened in my career, in a good way. (I also need to write in full detail about my magical trip to the Sea of Cortez in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.) Regardless, the focus of today is that I received my second big break as a writer. Texas Monthly hiring me was the first break. But since my time at Texas Monthly came to a close over a year ago. For the first time, ever, I was flown out and hooked up with a hotel to interview a world renowned photographer and explorer for National Geographic, Jimmy Chin, as well as attend an exclusive presentation and champagne toasting that evening in his honor. Chin is also a sponsored athlete for The North Face. My editors at Wide World Magazine in London, UK assigned me for this task, for which I am eternally grateful.
[Update: Jimmy Chin’s film “Free Solo” also won an Oscar in 2019 for Best Documentary.]
To be honest, I was a little intimidated as Jimmy Chin is far more experienced than I with traveling experiences beyond my years. I felt nervous and anxious, yet I was confident that everything would be fine. I told myself, “I’m smart, and I have experiences of my own. Just stay calm and come prepared and act professionally. Get the story, and have fun!” Either way, I needed this encouragement to remind me that my literary work is paying off as a lot of the freelance writing I’ve created in the past—pieces I’ve worked very hard on—it often felt like no one was reading or acknowledged the work. So, THANK YOU, UNIVERSE! I salute thee.
Two stories were published in Wide World Magazine. To view Jimmy Chin: A Photographers Eye View, please visit NicoletteMallow.com.
P.S. The photos above were taken at a banquet after the presentation at National Geographic headquarters in Washington DC. I interviewed Chin hours before at The Madison Hotel before the banquet that night at Nat Geo. And the rooftop at The W Hotel in Washington, DC post-banquet with a view of the White House.