CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FOR FREELANCE booking starting MARCH 1, 2021. (or earlier) *shrug* (THE BOYS ARE IN DEMAND)

Nickolaus Sugai is a creative director, copywriter, and freelance editorial writer based in New York, NY. (Temporarily in Tucson, AZ to perfectly be available for Pacific AND Eastern time zones)

He believes all bios should be written in the first person, so here I am in Italy, with a regretable choice in hair color.

I have a romantic view of advertising and believe that when it’s at its best it should make people laugh or cry or compel someone to share it with a friend. Some of the most iconic moments in history have been commissioned by a brand and I believe there’s no reason why it can’t all be art.





2018 - 2020



2014 2015

2013 - 2014


Freelance Creative Director / Copywriter
Pandemic remote freelancing. Made two docs with Nike. Created a vote PSA with LeBron.Won a pitch and pulled off multiple shoots. Willing to work any and all time zones.

Translation Senior Creative
Hired for the NFL. Made the best work of my career for Kaiser. Did a lot of new business.

Performix Creative Lead
Went to the dark side aka brand side and opened up a high end gym from scratch.

R/GA NY Senior Creative I worked with all of my friends on a lot of Nike stuff.

Anomaly NY Copywriter
We didn’t do timesheets there.

Code and Theory Junior Copywriter
Sold soda to children via social media. Take that.

72andSunny LA Intern
Learned that I love Los Angeles.


2010 - 2012

2008 - 2010
University of Oregon B.S., Journalism
Go Ducks.

Lane Community College


Are you available?

Yes, I am available for freelance and open to full-time opportunities. 

Do you have a partner?

The very talented, and equally dramatic, Dylan Simel.

Where do you live?

Brooklyn, NY.

Where do you want to live?

Los Angeles, CA.

Where are you from?

Honolulu, HI. I would also like to live back here, so if you’ve got a Hawaii client -- holler at ya boi asap.

What is your biggest flaw?

I’m a diehard Dallas Cowboys fan.

Did Dez catch the ball?

Ask to see my tattoo.

Where are good ideas from?

Good ideas aren’t created in a vacuum. I think good ideas exist in classic forms of literature: film, books, music, cave paintings; and more recently in newer places like video games, unscripted reality shows, sports, a conversation with your Uber driver. I adamantly believe that a good creative is only as strong as the palette they’re pulling references from.

Top ten films of 2019?

  1. The Farewell
  2. Waves
  3. Parasite
  4. Monos
  5. 1917
  6. Uncut Gems
  7. Midsommar
  8. Avengers End Game
  9. Star Wars: RoS
  10. Booksmart 

Your list sucks. What are you top five films of all time?

In no particular order:
Lost In Translation, The Godfather, Boyhood, Arrival, Spirited Away.
Are you keen to move?

Idk, maybe.

We’re in an edit together for a month. What are we getting for lunch?


I have a surfing project, are you interested?

Have creative, will travel.

What differences have you found working brand side vs agency side?

Neither have the right amount of chefs working on a particular dish. Agencies have too many personalities each trying to add their own signature spice and brand side doesn't have signature spices. Therefore, the correct answer is whatever place has better lunch options.

Where did you go to school?

I have a Journalism degree from the University of Oregon. But I also have an Associate’s Degree from Lane Community College. That’s noteworthy because going to a community college taught me a lot.

I’m a #UOCreativeStrat student. What advice do you have?

Listen to Deb. Make a lot of fun work for brands that you like. It’s the only time in your career where you will have the final say of what gets published. Here are the two projects that got me my internship.

What is your greatest achievement?

I won my Fantasy Football league in 2014 and 2016. I also randomly scored a ton of points in a pickup basketball games a few years ago, which included hitting two transition 3's and blocking a dude going up for a layup.

What kind of toothpaste do you recommend?

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