We had the good fortune of connecting with Nathan Tetreault and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nathan, what’s one piece of conventional advice that you disagree with?
Fake it until you make it. What does that tell you about the person who settles or follows that unwise advice? Consider what it means to “fake it until you make it.” It’s a way to deflect the truth or to fit in with the status quo. You can’t fake hard work. You can’t fake integrity. You can’t fake character. When adversity comes, and it will, you can’t fake the forging process. It’s about the process rather than the end state goal. Think about it in terms of when you climb a mountain. There are many things that can happen when you go into the wilderness on your way up to the summit and then when you reach the summit, you realize there are many other mountains and peaks in the horizon. Keep pressing on and uphold your values, convictions, and principles.
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.
Storytelling is at the core of being an actor, writer, producer, director, or in any other creative space. We all have a story or stories to share. I enjoy hearing, reading, and watching stories whether that’s through watching movies or TV, reading books or scripts, and listening to podcasts. As an actor, I get to portray characters from the page and bring them to life in a truthful and authentic way. I really enjoy the collaboration process of storytelling on and off set. What sets me apart from others is I believe in the team and have a balance between confidently walking by faith and the humility to know it takes teamwork to get the job done. I was told by a very wise man once, Mark Drum, who taught me horsemanship, that “if you do the easy things in life, life becomes hard, but if you do the hard things in life then life becomes easy.” The film business is a very challenging yet rewarding business to be in. It takes discipline, hard work, and belief to endure the difficulties within the pursuit. I believe my background in both theater and the U.S. military give me a unique perspective on life and career along with the character that has been built in me throughout my life through the experiences I’ve lived. I believe that it takes grit, faith, and perseverance to accomplish any mission in life whether that be working in the film industry or raising a family. I am driven to tell stories of faith, hope, and redemption that lead others to Jesus and that inspire others to think about their lives. I am excited and look forward to continue to be a light in the entertainment industry and tell stories that have a purpose and meaning as well as entertain and or educate.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
We’d go to Yosemite and camp for 3-4 days. Do some hiking and exploring throughout the park. Then we’d come back mid week unwind and relax for a day. By Friday, we’d hit up the beaches either Santa Monica or Malibu and go grab dinner somewhere around the area. I’d reach out to some friends and set up a horseback riding day on the ranch. Maybe do a hike/run up Runyon Canyon or Wisdom Tree depending on how we’d be feeling after the Yosemite trip, of course, I’d encourage my friend to do it, but that’d be up to them. Maybe we’d go to Universal Studios or Griffith Park Observatory and go out for dinner afterwards. Sunday I’d bring them to my church and then go to the Getty and late lunch at Urth Cafe, then grab some dinner at Katsuya. If Yosemite wasn’t something they’d want to do because they came to visit LA, we’d go spend time exploring the different neighborhoods such as Hollywood, Downtown, Westside, and maybe a PCH trip.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’m thankful to God, first and foremost, for His grace in my life. Next, I want to shout out my family, friends, and loved ones who continue to encourage, uplift, and admonish me when needed as I continue to work hard towards the things I love. I’d also like to shout out the 3 of 7 Project Podcast- Chadd Wright and Blake Wright along with all those who stand for truth and walk in the light. Lastly, I’d like to dedicate any successes I achieve or earn to those who have gone before me both in and out of uniform and my dad, grandfathers, and grandmother who have recently passed away.
Headshot in leather jacket by Sean Kara Photography @seankaraphotography