Determined for me to experience the magic of reading, my Grandma applied her first Law of Knitting. Like a good ball of wool, she enlisted the help of Roald Dahl’s classic tale The Witches. Using her Laws of Knitting, My Grandma helped nurture my love of reading. You can’t expect to knit a scarf in one go. You’re going to be slow as your hands learn how to move and thread the wool. You’re going to have to backtrack if you drop a stitch.
The rollercoaster of ups and downs Nathan had experienced over his journey would be enough to deter anyone. We asked Nathan after hearing all the hurdles that had stopped him so far on his journey to becoming an actor: “What was the one thing that pushed you to not give up?”
Nathan was very candid and didn’t hesitate to respond. “For me, it was a gut feeling. It’s hard not seeing yourself represented on TV. I struggled growing up and not having anyone that was like me to look up to. Throughout all my experiences in the industry, I am always thinking of the young ones like me – the Deaf children that can now look up to me. To me, that’s more important than anything else. They need to be able to see themselves.”
“Stop comparing yourself to others.” It’s easier said than done, right? I know I am guilty of this quality but as Franklin Roosevelt once said, “comparison is the thief of joy” and comparing your own talents to someone else’s will ultimately self-sabotage your own. When you begin to compete with yourself you essentially begin to drown out the success of others. Instead of focusing on what age so and so published their first novel, you shift the focus to, if I focus on this manuscript and set myself a deadline, I could look at publishing this soon. By doing this you ultimately develop an action plan to mapping out your success.
Sometimes with our dreams and passions, we begin to map out a path that leads us to success. Sometimes we chase the dream but lose sight of the path because we keep hitting the same roadblocks. For me, following the same route of auditioning at these prestigious schools was my roadblock. Every time I was rejected, I believed I had failed my dream, but I hadn’t. I’d just inadvertently taken the same path three years in a row.
My Gap Year after leaving High School wasn’t an exciting travel filled year that is often sold to us. It was a year of hard work, soul searching, self discovery and resilience. I was explicitly advised not to study a Bachelor of Arts – that a Bachelor of Arts was too vague and instead of wasting my time in an airy fairy Arts Course, I would be better off focusing on one field instead of multiple.
It’s very easy to feel out of step in this strange world we are all becoming accustomed to. We miss those cherished activities that we can no longer do as well as crave the warmth of being close to family and friends. I personally, have felt the struggles COVID-19 has brought throughout this second lockdown…