Name: Nate Smith
Instagram Handle/Username: Nate.smith2401
Introduce Yourself/Tell About Yourself: I am a Colorado native, but lived in California for about a year and a half when I was 10, before moving back to CO once again. I grew up the youngest of 4, and was homeschooled through 4th grade. I was required to redo 4th grade when I moved to CA because I was homeschooled and “wasn’t up to their standards”. That was the first time in my life where I went to a public school, and I was never homeschooled again. I am 19 years old— born September 24th, 2001, and graduated during the 2020 COVID Pandemic. I played sports all the way up to my sophomore year of high school, mainly basketball and a little football, but then decided to shift paths all together and audition for the summer stock play. To my surprise, I got in, and that show changed my life! From then on, I devoted myself to the arts. I auditioned for, and was cast in, every production that my high school put on during the remainder of my 3 years. I was fortunate enough to land a couple lead roles, and always had a named character with spoken lines. Winter of my junior year, an old friend and myself were chosen along side 9 other performances out of a total 5,000 contestants/performers all competing to perform either a monologue/scene/duet/or solo song in front of everyone at the convention (around 6k). After performing in front of an audience of that magnitude, and experiencing their laughter, tears, and final thunderous applause, I knew that that was exactly the thing I wanted to do for the rest of my life. This past August of 2020, I moved to New York City where I am currently attending IAMT (the Institute for American Musical Theatre), where I will continue to develop my artistic craft and continue to pursue my dreams of becoming an actor.
What Inspires You Every day? : I am inspired daily by the people I go to school with, the hustle of New York, and the family I have back home. I have worked my ass off to get where I am today— working at a cemetery/mortuary back home every morning before school as the janitorial team, and then full time, 40 hours a week, during this past summer— and to look back on that and see how far I’ve come drives my passion to succeed even more so. I know no matter what, God has paved the way before me, and has opened/closed doors to get me where I am today, and He will continue to do so, so I will continue to put my faith in Him.
What is some words of wisdom you live by?: I’ve always tried to live by these words: If you stand for nothing, you’ll fall for everything. I believe in this full heartedly, and feel that if you don’t stand for something— whether that’s Religion, Civil Rights, Activism, Your Dreams, Your Degree, Your Job, Your Family, etc. — you will go through life stumbling in and out of passions and loves that you felt you deserved, rather than finding one that you know, without a doubt, you do deserve; one that you can’t not support or pursue completely. Without having something to believe in or fight for, I feel life would be bland and a true waste of time.
What is your ultimate goal in life? : My ultimate goal would be to do what I love. Of course I would love to become successful in an acting career, but if that doesn’t work out and I need to fall back on something else, I wanna make sure it’s something I truly love and not something I will regret or feel that I settled for for the rest of my life. I don’t wanna be 50, looking back on my life, and having to say, “I wish I…” or “I regret that I didn’t…”. I wanna live my life to its fullest potential, be genuinely happy, and never settle for anything less than I am.
What is a positive message you would like to give others? : I would love to inspire generations of people to never give up on their dreams. No matter what cards you were dealt, or what people say about you, BE YOU! Chase after the things that give you life, and never settle for what’s “safe and easy”, because the moment you do that, is the moment you surrender yourself to the hate of this world that has tried to keep you down, and we will never get to experience the gifts you have been given and what they could possibly mean to our world. If you like to sing- Pursue it! If you’re and artist- create! If you are athlete- fight for your shot! No matter what you do or what you love, follow it and see where it leads you, because a life without love is meaningless.
What questions would you like to ask others?: I’d love to ask people about their dreams— the things that inspire them and motivate them to get up in the mornings. I feel fulfilled when other people are passionate about different things, and to hear them talk about what it means to them and the importance of it to us as a whole community/society/and human race, inspires me to keep fighting for what I love. Another question I’d ask is have you played it out? What I mean is, if you wanna be a chef and open your own restaurant but are too scared to fail so you never pursue classes or guidance, what’s the worst that could happen? You aren’t a chef with a restaurant? If so, then it’s not like you have much to lose considering you aren’t a chef and don’t have a restaurant at the current place you are living in— so GO FOR IT! You have nothing to lose, so if you have a dream, for all that is holy, chase it!! The worst that could happen is you end up right where you started, but at least you can say you tried. Always play out the possibilities from all angles before deciding to give up on your dreams.