David Nath version 2.0
Post by Cagla Kuru
Seeing David Nath for a second time was just as refreshing as the first. As an overwhelmed, panicked and stressed out second year, I can honestly say that listening to David speak about his experiences as a producer and director reminded me of why I was studying English with Creative Writing in the first place. It can be very easy to become unmotivated and often a little lost, sometimes even questioning your ability to write or follow your dreams. But there is something about the way the BAFTA-winning writer talked which was both reassuring and inspiring.
Perhaps that’s because he gave such useful advice, as well as brilliant insights into his experiences and the lessons he has learned along the way. One of my favourite parts of his talk was when he discussed the importance of making contacts and looking at companies to work with, while all the time working to put ourselves out there! Standing out is key and this goes for all areas of life. Another thing that really stuck with me was, “If you have a problem, don’t stop – keep on going”. Having inspiration in your life is important as it can influence your work ethic, and I know many writers can relate to the difficulties of being unmotivated some of the time. When I started University, I often felt bad about having ‘writers block’ and assumed that it was something made up in my head. Of course, it can be real for some and non-existent for others, but David dropped some tips for how to deal with it when it strikes. For example, taking some time away and appreciating other things a little more, as well as talking to other writers on how to deal with it.
It was definitely a good experience to have David Nath with us once again – he’s truly inspiring to up-and coming writers and directors who may want to take the independent route in life. He currently has his own independent documentary and drama production company, which goes by the name of ‘storyfilms.tv’. If you’re ever looking for someone to encourage those ideas for that ground-breaking documentary, or brilliant drama idea, that you have, I can promise that visiting his webpage will start you off…
Cagla Kuru, 18 December 2017