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My First Interview at National Geographic Headquarters

REVO promo autographed by Jimmy Chin after our interview at The Madison Hotel in August 2010.

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.]

REVO promo autographed by Jimmy Chin after our interview at The Madison Hotel in August 2010.

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

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.

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‡ Nicolette Mallow is an Artist: writer, dancer, vocalist, thespian, model, and (amateur) photographer. Writing is Mallow’s strongest artistic skill. Internationally published in the United States and Europe, Nicolette has obtained 110+ publications thus far. Mallow has interviewed an extensive list of talent and collaborated with companies and PR teams from Texas Monthly, National Geographic, Prevention Magazine, HBO Films, The Hollywood Reporter, SXSW, The David Lynch Foundation, Cine Las Americas, The University of Texas at Austin and more. Presently her portfolio entails 12 national awards or scholarships, including both individual and group projects. Working with Press and Publicity teams from companies like Sunshine Sachs, Fons PR, Frank PR, and CW3PR — Mallow can liaise with publicists, entrepreneurs, and their brands. Since 2005, for 17 years, Nicolette Mallow has covered numerous press, corporate and red carpet events as a (dyslexic) writer. Mallow has interviewed talent far beyond her years, including Jimmy Chin, Greta Gerwig, Bob Roth, Dr. Travis Stork, Joan Lunden, Larysa DiDio, Lauren Handel Zander, James White, Jay Roach, Naomi Whittel and Roc Chen. Once, she was a public speaker for a national business conference. Her career is diverse and transcends a vast array of industries, but the focus is always on the arts. Nicolette Mallow does enjoy all forms of writing, but her favorite writing genres to create entail editorial, arts & entertainment, literary journalism, travel, magical realism, nonfiction, technical and promotional publicity. Over time Nicolette has attained Press Credentials to events like Texas Film Awards (hosted by Austin Film Society), The Mexic-Arte Museum, Austin Film Festival, Euphoria Music Festival, and The Blanton Museum of Art. She also wrote for Savannah Magazine, a radio station operated by EMMIS Communications, District newspaper, and the Thinkery (formerly Austin Children’s Museum). In her spare time, Nicolette creates a magical realism novel and turns her nonfiction memoirs into short story novellas. Obtaining two degrees from the Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD), she has a Master of Arts degree in Arts Administration (a graduate degree now recognized as Creative Business Leadership) and a B.F.A. in Writing. Born and raised in Texas and NYC—Nicolette Mallow is also a world traveler that lives for art and loves to learn. “L’art Pour L’art.”

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