When Natalie tells people what her favorite project is, she usually needs to explain herself. "The Phantom Drum Regiment" doesn't mean much to a lot of people. What it means to Natalie is easily relatable: freedom. The freedom to explore her videography in a way that's impossible in the classroom setting that sits as her alternative. Traveling with the competitive drum corps (who have all become good friends of Natalie's) has enriched her life as much as it's improved her craft.
Real videography projects give Natalie the freedom to experiment with perspectives, angles, and filming techniques that she can't in school projects. Getting Out There and on the road, suffering in 110+ degree days in the Arizona desert, and filming her subjects from the morning through the evening gets to the core of what she loves most about art.
For Natalie, art is a true expression of an artist's style. Every artist has a style, and improving your art means honing in on what your specific style is. Natalie keeps a close eye on creatives that inspire her. She keeps up to date on their projects, but she doesn't just watch their videos. To Natalie real understanding comes from thinking about how the art she admires can influence herself and grow her style. She isn't just about consuming media, Natalie believes in taking ideas and art that she admires with her when she gets Out There and grows her passion into art.