Nate spent his early childhood in Singapore and Malaysia as a burglar and pirate. Once, his parents suspected he drowned in the Indian Ocean, but later found him in a cave on a deserted beach with a stolen tin of cookies. Other times when he disappeared, they found him at the nearest playground or down by the docks watching the fisherman offload their catch. He learned how to climb in order to escape fire ants during monsoon season. He learned how to break into any building from parents who frequently locked themselves out of the house.
Returning to the USA for school years, Nate canoed rivers, climbed rocks and trees, played sports, and ran amok in the forests of central Missouri, but he never forgot the ocean. Childhood memories haunted him as he sat in classrooms.
His professional career began as a newspaper carrier for the Columbia Daily Tribune. He participated in 4-H gardening, rocketry, geology and electrical clubs. In high school, he worked as a furniture mover and joined his dad in starting a local tree trimming and removal business. He wrote for the school newspaper. In college, he volunteered summers working as a staff member for a non-profit, Service Over Self, that rebuilt homes in the impoverished neighborhood of Binghampton in Memphis, TN. He graduated from the University of Southern Illinois with an interdisciplinary degree that focused on studies in cinema, poetry, metalsmithing, experimental fitness, British history and literature plus desultory pursuits of natural phenomena like wildland fire and meteorology.
After seeing the Discovery Channel show, "Deadliest Catch", Nate resolved to become a commercial fisherman. He spent six seasons fishing Bristol Bay amidst the largest sockeye salmon run on the planet. During the offseason he moved to Portland, Oregon where he got a job as an arborist climbing, trimming, and removing giant trees. During his many adventures in these two professions, he found time to shoot and edit his first feature length documentary. In 2010, Nate moved to Los Angeles and started his film production career at Samy's Camera rental department as a video technician. This led to many freelance video production jobs including as a DP/camera operator for NBC, Motortrend, DJI, Ford, Irish National Television and many more.
As a cinematographer, Nate loves pursuing what Henri Cartier-Bresson termed the "decisive moment". Cartier-Bresson succinctly described this concept as, "the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event as well as of a precise organization of forms which give that event its proper expression." One of Nate's favorite moments in his production career occurred during a live event he was working in Rockefeller Plaza in NYC for the upcoming winter Olympics. There were many Olympic athletes there and fans getting autographs. One man came up to Nate and asked for his autograph. Confused, Nate signed his shirt.
"Are you competing this year?," the man asked. Realization dawned on Nate as he tried not to laugh. "No, I'm not competing this year. I transitioned to assistant coaching the bobsled team."
He finished signing his name, handing the sharpie and shirt back to the man.
Nate enjoys traveling, meeting people, and sharing stories. He's appeared multiple times as a model in Interior Design Magazine. An avid reader, he currently studies medical science in his free time. He's hitchhiked across the Kalahari Desert, hiked Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya, dived with great white sharks, bicycled amongst grizzlies in Denali National Park and hiked a glacier in Patagonia.