Matt Nelson


Matt Nelson currently works at the University of Newcastle in postgraduate digital marketing, specialising in technical solutions. Outside of his 9-5, Matt can be found doing some freelance videography, doing the beach run on his motorcycle or surfing down at Merewether Beach. Matt grew up in Port Macquarie and moved to Newcastle in 2009 to start an undergraduate degree in a Bachelor of Information Technology, majoring in digital media and entertainment.


  1. How do you manage your work/life balance?

To be honest, I don’t particularly do a great job of this so from here on out – don’t take any notes.
I guess that my only way of managing this is that I’m truly blessed to have found something that I genuinely enjoy doing almost 24/7 – I live and breathe in the technical and creative space which I think sort of blurs out the need to put one or the other into a distinctive category.

I’m usually not one for clichés but, someone once said, “Do what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.” – my only comment on this is that attitude is everything, focus on the positive and you’ll love your job, no matter what you’re doing.


  1. What motivates and drives you?

Okay, getting a little deep here and somewhat unrelated to my work, but, my family motivates me in everything I have done and will do in my life. They’re the foundation on which I’m building a healthy and ever-appreciative life on. My drive is seeing and feeling them looking at me with proud eyes and knowing that whatever I do, they’ll be there to support me. I hope that in whatever I do, whether that be in my 9-5 job or through the stories I try and convey in my videography, that I’ve made someone smile or had a positive effect on them – no matter how big or small.


  1. Where would you like to be in 10 years?

I’d love to be working with like-minded people within the film industry that I’m able to learn new ideas and skills from, as well as travel with them, capturing some of life’s beautiful moments that might often go unseen.


  1. What characteristics do you think an individual needs to be successful in your profession?

An open-mind. And to be accepting of constructive criticism. Oh, and to never give up – and to also keep pushing the boundaries of what the expectations of society and people may have. Basically, like most professions – be strong-willed.
Sure, some people might not understand your views on things, or why you’ve done things certain ways but in my profession, story-telling is all about sharing someone’s idea or perspective in a creative way that will give insight to those less-inclined to find it out for themselves.

Okay, so quote time, Thomas Edison once said, “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realise how close they were to success when they gave up.”

Apply that to your own work and don’t become one of those people who gave up.


  1. Do you have a life motto/mantra that keeps you going on those not so enjoyable days?

I’m sure considering the cliché text and quote I’ve given previously that you’d expect me to have some sort of life motto that I swear by – I don’t.


I try to not get bogged down into downward spiral at times but as we know, in life, stuff like this just happens. Especially in any creative process, I know I can personally say that I have at times been working on an idea or an edit and gotten to the point where I absolutely despise it – only to eventually get over that mindset, share it and receive thanks and appreciation.

I guess it somewhat ties in with the quote I had previously given – “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realise how close they were to success when they gave up.”

You never truly know the effect you, as a person, has on someone’s life and the way they perceive it. So I always try and think of my friends and family and the people in my life that I truly care about and hope that I shed some positivity in their life, be it big or small.




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