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Art & Life with Nathaniel Upshaw

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nathaniel Upshaw.

Nathaniel, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
Everything started the summer before my senior year in high school. I was debating whether or not I should be a real estate agent reading all of Robert Kiyosaki’s books during my junior in high school or be an actor as my Dad was before I was born. Then, I enrolled in a real estate license class and a film/television class to see which option I was attracted to the most. After two weeks, I fell in love with film/television and became obsessed.

I graduate high school, I open a Facebook account, type film producer in Facebook’s search bar and message 20 producers. 10 viewed the message, 5 responded, and 1 took a meeting with me. One week after that meeting, I was on set as PA on my first indie feature and I’ve been in the business for 11 years now.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
It took me 10 years to truly figure out the type of stories I wanted to make and film as there’s so much you can do and say. I’ve been a Cinematographer, Gaffer, Key Grip, 1st AC, Line Producer, Editor, and Director, but literally had no idea, even when I thought I did throughout those 10 years. Now, those I want to film as a Producer/Director/Editor are seedy tales of relationships breaking up or stretched to their absolute limits in the genre’s of dark comedy, drama, romance, and thrillers.

Do you think conditions are generally improving for artists? What more can cities and communities do to improve conditions for artists?
It’s absolutely become easier with gear, access to knowledge, as well as, avenues to show your art and/or work. The hardest parts are consistency and building an “audience” so to speak. The best thing to do is to show your stuff online and in-person by actually messaging and speaking with folks. This can be done anywhere, but it’s easier in metropolitan cities from my experience as there’s already an art community, plus, sub-communities enabling you to link up.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
My website, Vimeo, Facebook, and Instagram are the best to check out some of my work. I always welcome criticism, feedback, notes, insight, you name it and whether it’s positive or negative. I absolutely love it when people truthfully share their positive or negative thoughts about my work because I’ll follow up and discuss they’re opinion; human connection is what I love.

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Jaleel Sampay

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