We had the good fortune of connecting with Nathan Hirschaut and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Nathan, can you share the most important lesson you’ve learned over the course of your career?
The most important lesson I have gained is to learn to take criticism.

When I started my projects I didn’t have the strength to listen to critique. I would either plug my ears when someone said something negative or just not ask to begin with. I was too caught up with my project being liked that I didn’t make time to hear how it was actually landing with people. I believed the narrative that hearing others’ feedback would sway me from my authenticity. Therefore, I tried to do everything in my power to protect my projects from any outside noise.

But, I learned that if I was secure in myself I could hold both the integrity of my project and be open to others’ ideas. I learned that others’ ideas are not threats to my own but are valuable contributions to seeing my work from new perspectives. Therefore I began to see feedback and critique as simply more data points to make more informed decisions!

What I do now before I get feedback is I take a deep breath and thank the person for taking their time and engaging in my project. Because if I am in a position of gratitude then I am likely to receive what they have to say in a constructive way. Developing and practicing the ability to turn feedback into a constructive power is of the utmost importance. Don’t turn a blind eye like I did and don’t just give in to whatever they say as the truth. Hold both things, your vision, and the feedback, and then make an informed and neutral decision from there.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I grew up as an ambitious and acclaimed competitive dancer who attended The Juilliard School for dance at the age of 17. After graduation, I expanded my artistic practice from dancing to directing and filmmaking. Now I primarily work in film as a director/producer/writer and am working on my first feature-length movie! I have made 5 short films up until now that have premiered across the world and am incredibly excited to be working on this next step. The movie is called, The Young Priest, and is about a suppressed and determined boy who challenges his sexually abusive Christian father to pursue his dream of becoming a Kemetic priest. It’s based on a true story and is about a character who, against all odds, decides to live in his truth.

I got started with this movie in January of 2022 when I interviewed the real person for my podcast. I was unexpectedly moved by his story and found his courage and integrity to be unbelievably inspiring. Now 6 months later I am starting to write the first draft of the screenplay.

Taking on this project has been all-encompassing and absolutely worth it. Making a movie is no easy feat but with a step-by-step attitude, it has proven to be possible.

I create a piece of art because of my care and connection to the story. Then no matter what obstacles come my way I am grounded in something deeper that will pull me through. My art reflects my personal practices and is an extension of my beliefs and the energy I want to give to this world. I do not follow fame or money but rather what my heart is moved by. I trust that if I am moved others will be too.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to acknowledge my incredible mother who has stood by me as I have dived head first into my art. Without her support, I wouldn’t have had the stability to be able to take the risks that my career demands. Thank you to all the parents who encourage their kids to follow what they love and give them the platform to make that happen for themselves.

Website: www.nathanhirschaut.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nathanhirschaut/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nathan.hirschaut/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiEEm87qiuU3pnPp9_KO9_w

Image Credits
Kyle Adler Danielle Lee Hogervorst

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