Someone who has inspired me since the very first day that I met him – since the very first conversation I had with him when he was still working at Ace Hotel (London) – is my good friend Nathan Miller…documentary filmmaker extraordinaire.
A lot of people – including me – are inspired by well-known, successful individuals who have already been through their struggle to get where they are today, those who are already ‘on the other side’. But – for me, what is even more inspiring is seeing the journey, seeing someone going through that ‘struggle’ and making sacrifices today for where they want to be tomorrow, not knowing but believing in getting to that ‘other side’. Meet Nathan Miller.
A higher education
I remember one conversation in particular that I had with Nathan about him telling his parents, teachers and friends that he – at the age of 17 – was not planning to go to university. Instead, he was going to pursue his dream of becoming a filmmaker. He wanted to show young people in the community that anything is possible if you believe. I’m sure you can imagine what the response was, the ‘are you sures’ and ‘how are you going to do thats’.
But Nathan, more than having a dream had the vision, and that is something I took away that day. He taught me that you are never too old to learn and you are never too young to teach.
He knew what he wanted so clearly that he could step in to it like it had already happened.
He had his drive, his determination, his commitment from such a young age. When others were partying and doing teenage things he was grinding. Wow, what a guy. I am so proud to call him my friend.
Monday marked the release of Nathan’s fourth documentary, ‘Northside’, which looks at Toronto’s rap scene. Reviews have been stunning, it has been described as a ‘must-watch’. Check out Nathan’s profile on Instagram for the link to watch on YouTube.
You inspire me, brother.
Until next time … #liveslow!