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Meet Natalie Martyn

Today we’d like to introduce you to Natalie Martyn.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
My journey started at the age of thirteen when I got my first little digital camera. I immediately fell in love with the way I was able to capture the beauty I saw in the world and the people around me, freezing fleeting moments forever. Over the next several years, I continued to explore this passion of mine and quickly began to learn and grow. When I entered college just over two years ago, I decided to do what I saw as the “safe” choice: major in Psychology and keep film and photography as a side hobby. I experienced a lot of uncertainty at the beginning of my first semester as I saw how everyone else around me seemed to know exactly what their purpose in life was. I couldn’t say the same. A few months later, I was sitting in one of my classes and experienced a powerful conviction. I had never heard God’s voice before, but that day, I heard Him speak over me, urging me to pursue film as a career and reassuring me that I needn’t worry. He would get me there.

I had no idea what this calling entailed- I wasn’t even sure if my university offered a film major. But, in faith, I responded with a “yes.” With no active effort on my part, doors began opening and details began falling in to place. One month later, I was asked to shoot my first wedding. Since then, I have constantly been reaffirmed in this calling through the incredible opportunities I’ve been given to use this passion and the talented and inspiring people I’ve encountered along the way.

Please tell us about your art.
My passion is visual storytelling through cinematography, and I have been able to use this to work on music videos, short films, interview shows, wedding videos, promotional videos, and short documentaries. My main goal in all that I do is to capture the beauty that I see in the world and people around me, and in doing so, tell stories that are inspiring, impactful, and important. I hope that those who experience my work walk away from it with their eyes opened to a new perspective, a heart touched by hope and love, or simply a renewed wonder for the beauty that surrounds them.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing artists today?
I think the biggest challenge facing artists today is finding fulfillment and satisfaction, even when their work isn’t appreciated or recognized in the way they hoped. Art has the power to spur change and to reach people in places where words can’t, and we must continue to create.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
My recent work is displayed on my website, nataliemartyn.com! People can support my work by simply watching the things I create, and they can also follow along on my Instagram (@natalie.martyn) and look out for updates and future projects that they can help fund!

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Image Credit:
Main photo: Janessa Lin

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