Double Life – highlighting people in our community who balance dual roles. Running his own video production business and competitive bodyboarding keeps Nathan Branch on his toes … but he admits he wouldn’t change a thing!
Full name: Nathan William Branch, but everyone knows me as Branch.
Professions: Video production / bodyboarder
Time spent living in the PMQ area: I was born and bred in Port Macquarie and with all the travelling I have done, it’s still the best place to live.
What do you enjoy most about living in this area?
The thing I enjoy most about living in this area is that I can easily work and surf in the same day. Everything’s pretty close together, and this means that I can focus on both my video production work and bodyboarding on almost any given day.
Describe your home and work environment:
My home life is extremely busy, with a two-and-a-half year old boy, a wife studying full time at uni and myself competing on the Australasian Pro Bodyboard tour.
Working from home gives me the ability to balance all these roles, giving me the best of both worlds.
What are some of the challenges in the video industry?
One of the main challenges that Branch Productions faces in the video industry is the ability to reinvent itself and keep its work relevant and contemporary to its clients. I think it’s better to be challenged, than stay the same.
What do you love most about capturing life on film?
I love how it captures life full stop. I can’t think of any other medium that can capture sound, motion picture and emotion in the one package.
How do you spend your normal day?
I don’t really have a normal day. I tend to work around the swell and weather.
When there are waves, I’m making to most of the opportunities that arise from that. When the waves are flat, I’m normally working on the computer or out filming for my clients. There are always plenty of days where the waves are pumping and I have a full day of filming booked. I now know it’s not the end of the world, so I don’t worry about it too much.
How long have you been bodyboarding?
I started bodyboarding as a young kid. I can’t remember how old I was. I played plenty of other sports throughout my life, but bodyboarding was the only thing that I really loved.
Tell us about your recent bodyboarding win?
It wasn’t first place, but it was my best result for the year. I’m riding some really good boards at the moment, and Glenn from Designs / Turbo has helped me make some of the best boards I have ever ridden. And with my overall ranking from this year’s tour, I now have a position in Hawaii for next February’s Pipe comp.
What’s the best part of both your professions?
The best part is that there’s no set routine. It’s pretty exciting not knowing what’s going to happen more than a few days out.
Last month I got a call Friday afternoon, and 5am Sunday morning I was on a plane to the Philippines. I got to film people surfing good waves, and then surf them myself.
You need to be confident and keep a positive attitude, because it’s pretty easy to worry about paying the bills next week when you don’t know if you’re going to make any money.
Why would you not change your current circumstances for the world?
I wouldn’t change, because I don’t really desire more of what the world has to offer. It would be good to make more money; I think everyone wants more.
Do you feel you live a double life?
Not really. I wouldn’t call it a double life, but a balanced life, where I have the opportunity to engage both of my passions equally.
What’s your life motto:
Never give up.
Thank you Nathan.