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Meet Nhiaja Patton

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nhiaja Patton.

Nhiaja, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I actually started my journey wanting to be an actress of course. I began going to small acting and modeling schools as a child. I then was introduced to broadcasting by an amazing professor that recently passed a couple of months ago. I learned and was able to shadow him for three years. I had no prior knowledge about behind the scenes, camera operations, or directing. It amazed me finding out these key pieces of media, television, and film. I ultimately fell in love. I then found myself doing photography, editing, and camera work.

Throughout this journey, I found that many people wanted to do the things that I was doing and have the access to the experience I had. I have been able to work on feature films, be a managing producer for the Atlanta Film Fest, as well as do Director of Photography work on shows and short films. Meanwhile, I felt like it just wasn’t enough. I wanted to be working with Tyler Perry, Marvel, or Warner bros. My experiences are nice, but I want more. I found through this process that I could invest in myself and not only find a way to live my dream but finance it for both myself and others. Today, I have invested in trading in the currency exchange market where I hope to leverage my income into financing a media company where I can hire those that have the necessary skills to produce films as well as begin a program where middle school, high school, and college students have a place where they are directly being exposed to the industry and sets.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The road to aspiring to be a Director or DP in the industry is a tough one. I know it will all be worth it one day soon. I find myself doubting the route I took. I think maybe I should have taken the opportunity to change my major to something else. In the same breath, I know that there is not anything else I rather do. The energy and the love I have for production, being on sets, and meeting like-minded people is unmatched.

It is all about personal development and allowing yourself to understand that temporary defeats are just that. No, I may not receive that Turner Internship, but I received one that was unpaid and shows me another aspect of the industry. No, I may not be able to shoot that production that I was prepared for. There are still a million more scripts and productions left. All I can say is the journey is amazing because once you get to the finish line, you want to be able to say, ” wow, I went through that,” or ” who would’ve ever thought.” I acknowledge the obstacles and the challenges and I thank God for them. Whats an ending without the story?

We’d love to hear more about your work.
I, Nhiaja Patton, am an aspiring Director of Photographer. I specialize in camera work and lighting. I am known for photography, camera operating, editing, etc. I am proud to say that I have worked for literally everything I have done. I am able to jump at any opportunity and analyze how this can impact me and my brand. I am able to learn and build continuously as well as improve daily. I believe that many people may settle or use this career as a plan B, while I am genuinely passionate about the content I hope to produce and show the world one day. I also believe that my self-confidence and aura brightens up a room.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
I believe Managing Producer for the Atlanta Film festival was amazing. I was able to manage an entire team to conduct interviews, collect content, and film. I had never been in a role like that and I believe that I was able to transform and complete all objectives and deadlines.

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