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Nick Onken is a fashion and lifestyle photographer for today’s top brands, performers, and game changers. On ONKEN radio (Formerly NION radio) Nick explores the body, mind and soul of the creative entrepreneur, bringing you inspiring and influential guests to help take your creativity, business, and life to the next level.

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Nick Onken is a fashion and lifestyle photographer for today’s top brands, performers, and game changers. On ONKEN radio (Formerly NION radio) Nick explores the body, mind and soul of the creative entrepreneur, bringing you inspiring and influential guests to help take your creativity, business, and life to the next level.

    204: Eleven – Transitioning to Non-Binary

    204: Eleven – Transitioning to Non-Binary

    “It’s been quite the hero’s journey, y’all.” - Eleven



    In today's episode, I sit down with my old friend E11even. I've been talking a lot this year about the process of shifting our identity alchemy and they have recently gone through that exact process. We discuss flirting with creativity, how Mary Magdalene jumpstarted their quest for a new spirituality, and everything they learned about divinity from their relationship with a woman.



    We also talk about the process of becoming E11even, blurring the lines between the muse and the artist, and how plant medicine has helped them along their journey of self-discovery.

    You can Subscribe and Listen to the Podcast on Apple Podcasts. And please leave me a Rating and Review!





    “Smoke machines and mirrors feel like home.” - E11even



    Some things we learn in this podcast:



    What is the process of deconstruction like [9:20]

    Which plant medicines can help with personal growth [9:30]

    What does toxic masculinity look like coming from a woman [15:00]

    How do you know if you are nonbinary [30:00]

    How to determine your gender identity [31:00]

    What does it mean to flirt with creativity [48:00]



    Links Mentioned:



    Get your copy of The Sophia Code: A Living Transmission from The Sophia Dragon Tribe by Kaia Ra



    Connect with Eleven on Instagram

    Eleven's website.

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    203: What is Identity Alchemy?

    203: What is Identity Alchemy?

    “The idea is to align your identity with your optical brand.” - Nick Onken



    As you may know, we’re in the process of creating an identity alchemy course, so in this episode, we're going to break it down. What is it? How do we use it in our daily lives? How does it play a role in our personal business or brand? At its core, identity alchemy is the deconstruction of the self, then the curation of the new version of the self, and finally becoming who that is. Once you understand the three parts of this process, you can use them to help you build your personal brand and tell your story authentically.

    Listen in as I explain why building a personal brand is important, how to build a personal brand, and how brands can connect with their audience.

    You can Subscribe and Listen to the Podcast on Apple Podcasts. And please leave me a Rating and Review!





    “People want to know that who you are as a person is the same person you’re putting out into public.” - Nick Onken



    Some things we learn in this podcast:



    How to tell an authentic brand story [3:05]

    How brands can connect with their audience [3:20]

    How to reinvent yourself [7:00]

    How to curate your life [8:45]

    What is the identity alchemy process [10:15]

    How can I use identity alchemy [11:30]

    How can I build a personal brand [13:00]

    Why is building a personal brand important [14:15]

    Who needs identity alchemy for their personal brand [16:00]

    Who needs to build a personal brand [16:15]



    The Three-Step Process



    Deconstruct

    Curate

    Become



    Links Mentioned:



    Listen to Onken Radio Episode 201: Deconstructing & Implementing Self-Care

    Listen to Onken Radio Episode 202: Gary Zukav – Becoming a Universal Human

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    202: Gary Zukav – Becoming a Universal Human

    202: Gary Zukav – Becoming a Universal Human

    “The basic choice is love or fear.” - Gary Zukav



    I have been reading Gary Zukav's bestselling books for years. He was a Green Beret, he’s been on the Oprah show 34 times, and he's all about helping people step into their authentic power. It was great to chat with him about his own spiritual journey, his struggle with sex addiction, and the path to becoming a universal human.

    Gary is a kindred soul who shares the belief that mirrors are how we grow and that’s what spiritual partnerships are. He's on a mission to show us how we can expand beyond the limitations of the five senses through spiritual growth, expanded consciousness, and a process of consulting our intuition.

    Listen in as Gary shares what multi-sensory perception is, how to create authentic power, and how we can expand our consciousness.

    You can Subscribe and Listen to the Podcast on Apple Podcasts. And please leave me a Rating and Review!





    “Every creation is a co-creation.” - Gary Zukav



    Some things we learn in this podcast:



    What started Gary’s spiritual journey [6:00]

    What is multi-sensory perception [15:20]

    How can we expand our consciousness [22:30]

    How to grow spiritually [27:00]

    What is authentic power [29:00]

    How to create authentic power [29:30]

    What is intention [40:55]

    What is a vision quest [42:40]

    How to consult your intuition [56:40]

    How do you define intuition [56:45]



    Links Mentioned:



    Get your copy of Dancing Wu Li Masters: An Overview of the New Physics by Gary Zukav

    Get your copy of Universal Human: Creating Authentic Power and the New Consciousness by Gary Zukav

    Get your copy of Spiritual Partnership: The Journey to Authentic Power by Gary Zukav



    Connect with Gary Zukav on Instagram | Twitter | Universal Human | Seat of the Soul

    201: Deconstructing & Implementing Self-Care

    201: Deconstructing & Implementing Self-Care

    “Self-care is all about coming back to a place of wholeness.”- Nick Onken



    Hey, guys! Welcome back to ONKEN RADIO (previously NION Radio). In this podcast, we explore the body, mind, and soul of the creative entrepreneur. It's my goal to help you take your creativity, business, and life to the next level. I'm so glad you're joining me on this journey!



    Self-care is a practice that can be so elusive, especially in the face of modern-day pressures and demands. It's easy to feel like there's never enough time or energy for self-care. But what does self-care mean, and why is it so important? What would happen if you practiced some small acts of self-care every day?



    In this week's episode of ONKEN Radio, I want to share the path I've taken along my spiritual journey to discovering self-care. I'll also share with you guys some hacks and a few products that can help you practice self-care in your life every day. This is an essential episode for us as creatives, so we can be reminded that it is so important to do things for ourselves, too.



    If you want to make your impact on the world more sustainable and bring a higher level of energy to your endeavors, then this episode is for you. Let's get started!

    Overcoming A Difficult Time

    I want to start out by telling you about a difficult time I had a few years ago. It was the moment that my business was in decline, and I just came from a break-up. This situation sent me into a downward spiral of my own questioning of existence.



    During this dark night of the soul, I couldn't find the motivation to do anything. I even found myself asking, “What's the point and the meaning of all of this?” Being in this dark moment of my life, I ended up doing 5-Methoxy-N,N-dimethyltryptamine (5 MeO DMT) through that time, which, while outstanding, also pushed me into a deeper hole. I didn't know how to integrate the experience of a spiritual world brought by the 5 MEO DMT with this challenging part of my life.



    But somehow, I knew that taking one step forward, even if it didn't feel like there was progress, was actually the thing that I needed to do. A few months later, I discovered breathwork. It was the integration that I needed to make sense of the whole other spiritual side of the world. I realized that I needed to implement the lessons that I've learned and integrate them into everyday living.



    It was an extensive breakdown of my ego. From that experience, I realized how my self-worth was implanted into the external validation of my relationship, my business, and other things. I even asked myself, "When those things go away, or they crumble, who am I without them?" These accumulated feelings of emptiness and wanting to be healed were why I was in this situation first and foremost.



    I integrated plant medicine and breathwork for a few months. I discovered that it was the self-care that I needed to nurse myself back to wholeness.

    Deconstructing Self-Care

    I believe that we are always shapeshifting our identity, whether it's for an outward expression of our personal brand or it's just our own personal journeys. This is what my process of identity alchemy is about, and it is composed of a three-step process of deconstruction, curation, and becoming.



    Looking back at the experience after I had my first big photo job, the process of deconstruction is always the hardest one. It involves looking at the events in our life where we feel like we aren't where we're supposed to be. This is a process that can be highly unpleasant. However, it also allows us to identify our shadows and shed them slowly. It is such a massive piece of understanding who we are to curate who we want to become.



    This process of curating who we want to become involves the concept of self-care. The present identities we have are formed by our own narratives,

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    200: Creating Together in Partnership with Vienna Pharaon and Connor Beaton

    200: Creating Together in Partnership with Vienna Pharaon and Connor Beaton

    “The relationship is a third body.” - Connor Beaton



    Hey, guys! Welcome back to ONKEN RADIO (previously NION Radio). In this podcast, we explore the body, mind, and soul of the creative entrepreneur. It's my goal to help you take your creativity, business, and life to the next level. I'm so glad you're joining me on this journey



    This week we're talking about couples — with a couple! Vienna Pharaon and Connor Beaton have been guests on podcast episodes 129 and 128, respectively, but that was well before they got engaged! Now they are an official pair, and they work together and separately as therapists. 



    One of the most important topics that we all are interested in is relationships. That's what both of them focus on together. They're creating, and they have courses together and separately. Though it might be a mystery to some individuals how intimate and professional relationships can co-exist, the thing is, they can — with the right tools and knowledge, of course!



    So, today, read on as we talk about co-creating as a couple, what healthy co-working relationships are, and how couples can navigate conflicts. 



    If you're ready to know what it takes to be successful while in a relationship with your business partner, then this is definitely for you. Without further ado, let's get started!

    Who are Vienna Pharaon and Connor Beaton?

    Vienna Pharaon and Connor Beaton are therapists— and newlyweds!



    Vienna has been a licensed marriage and family therapist in New York City for over five years. She's worked with countless individuals, couples, and families to help them strengthen themselves and their relationships. 



    This is what led her to create Mindful Marriage & Family Therapy, where Vienna focuses on helping her clients enhance their emotional well-being to improve their interpersonal relationships. She also works with them to gain insight into the root of their emotional triggers. She and her team also provide necessary tools for their clients to feel more in control of their lives.



    Meanwhile, Connor is also a fantastic therapist who specializes in doing men's shadow work. He helps men work with the unknown parts of themselves — the parts that sabotage and get in the way when they're trying to build healthy relationships or businesses.



    He is also a man of many talents, having an excellent knowledge of business and personal development. He can work with anyone from any background or culture with ease due to his extensive experience working globally. Connor doesn't just do online courses, retreats, and one-on-one consultation sessions: he also hosts podcasts. His podcast, Mantalks, offers modern guys advice on how they can evolve into their authentic selves while being accountable for things that matter most.



    In this episode today, this duo is sharing their years of experience and knowledge in building successful relationships while co-working with romantic partners. You’ll take away so much! Let’s dive in. 

    Co-Creating as a Couple

    There is a specific energy that happens when two people come together in partnership: and it's not just the romantic kind. For example, when two people with different skills come together to create something, the results are often overwhelmingly positive and may even be life-altering. This energy drives couples or business partners alike to keep creating, as they do their best work when they partner with another individual. This is what Connor saw at the beginning of his relationship with Vienna.

    "I definitely saw the merit, growth, and expansion for each of us individually within the possibility of working together. And I also saw the impact that we, as a couple, could have in our work that could deepen our impact with people." - Connor Beaton

    But before this can happen, there are struggles that any couple must face.

    • 1 hr 17 min
    199: 3 Tips on Creating Under Pressure

    199: 3 Tips on Creating Under Pressure

    “We are the midwives of creativity.” - Nick Onken



    Hey, guys! Welcome back to ONKEN RADIO (previously NION Radio). In this podcast, we explore the body, mind, and soul of the creative entrepreneur. It’s my goal to help you take your creativity, business, and life to the next level. I’m so glad you’re joining me on this journey!



    There are many times that I'm on a schedule and my podcast producers need the content by a specific day to get it done and published for the following week, so finding time to do my own show or come up with ideas is something I often have trouble with. There are days when an idea comes into mind like an inspiration, or creativity just starts flowing from who knows where, and all seems possible! However, there are days that I feel like it's just not in me to create something.



    So, when you’re being asked to create with a deadline like I am with this podcast, it can be very challenging to do your best work. But with a little guidance, a little practice, and a little help from your friends, it is totally possible to find your inspiration — even under pressure.



    In this episode, we are going to talk about some practical tips to help you create under pressure.  I will also share why I started this podcast, how my childhood affects my creativity today, and what process of identity alchemy I am undergoing right now.



    If you want to master my recipe for creating under pressure so you can do the same, then let’s jump in!

    Tip#1: Phone a Friend For Perspectives

    Do you ever find yourself lost and confused? Do you sometimes feel like you’re always hitting creative blocks? One way to get around this is by talking with someone who has experienced the same thing you're going through. What better person could that be than a friend, right?



    I remember talking to my friend Jeff Holt when I had a creative block. He reminded me that everything is some type of medicine, good or bad and that we can learn and create something from every situation, including the exact moment or predicament that we're in.



    Talking to him, I was also reminded that this podcast is a labor of love. It is a creative passion of mine, especially interviewing people. But more importantly, speaking into a microphone has been a way to push me out of my comfort zone. I had a very conservative Christian upbringing where speaking and expressing your own truth, or any beliefs that were counter to Christian beliefs, were not accepted.



    This brought me to another realization: my podcast is in some ways a process that helps me deconstruct. I'm developing a process called identity alchemy, which involves the deconstruction of belief systems and traumas from childhood, as well as the deconstruction of our surroundings, environment, and anything else that impacts how we operate in life.



    That’s because I believe we don’t have to allow what’s been constructed for us (such as family experiences, relationships, and philosophies that no longer work for us) to determine our course in life or who we are. We can change that. Life is a journey of self-discovery, and we get to choose who we will be in the world. 



    These are things I’m reminded of when I call and connect with friends like Jeff, and I think you’d benefit from great conversations with your own friends, too. When we connect with people who know us and who we admire, we can get new perspectives and new ideas. We might even learn brand new things from a friend who has more experience with whatever it is we’re trying to learn or practice! They might also have some advice that could help us look at ourselves and our situation in a different way.



    Because just like what Jeff said, the things that happen in our life — even creative blocks —can be used as fuel to create something beautiful. We should ask ourselves: What am I learning through this p...

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Sam Barry Official ,

Amazing show for creative entrepreneurs!

Are you a creative looking to get into Entrepreneurship? If so, then this show is for you. I highly recommend it as Nick interviews famous guests like Usher, and entrepreneurs from all walks of life doing amazing things in the world. Definitely recommend this podcast.

Scooter2000 ,

Great content

This show is awesome for newby photographers trying to find their way in the photography biz. Nick has some amazing guests who share their journey making this podcast really inspiring. Well worth a listen. Thanks Nick. Keep em coming!!

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