Nate Leykam is Michael
Nate has been a performer his whole life. During high school he performed in plays and drama competitions, and during college he continued to sing, dance, and act in student productions, with the university theater, and perform with the university orchestra.
However, for many years following his graduation from college, he used his degree and worked as a registered nurse.
Nate’s love for artistic expression and telling stories never left him. After a job opportunity presented itself, the doors were opened for him to take a path that he always considered, but never allowed himself to pursue.
He moved to Los Angeles, and began working in TV production and acting. He has worked as a production team member on several TV shows (truTV, Netflix, Nat Geo Wild), and as a writer, producer, and actor on truTV’s comedy show, Hack My Life.
He continues to seek opportunities to embody a wide range of characters and bring them to life. He describes his ideal casting as a "quirky, funny, loyal, and devoted husband or friend... who may have intense emotional issues... and/or bodies in the basement... and also is a wild west gunslinger."
Dream roles for Nate would be as a comedic medical professional, a witty sci-fi, or an epic western... and also a deeply disturbed villain. He is excited for how the his path will continue to unfold!
FIVE QUESTIONS FOR NATE:
1. What was your path to becoming an actor?
Well I've always been a performer. I began playing piano at age 5, clarinet at age 10, and guitar in high school. I began purposefully acting in middle and high school - mostly plays and drama competitions. I continued into college - acting in a musical, singing, dancing, and playing in the university orchestra. Ironically, I was getting my nursing degree the whole time. So, after graduation, I did what I was supposed to do, and found a good job with my degree - I worked as an ER/Trauma nurse at a Level 1 trauma center. However, even in school, I knew that wasn't what I wanted to do, I just didn't know what I DID want to do. Fast forward, oh, about 9 years, and I was at the point where I knew I had to change something, and soon.
A friend who works out here in TV production, knew of my interest and offered me a position on the production team for a new show she was working on. I accepted - dropped everything and moved to L.A. My skills as a nurse manager easily translated into the production world, but the problem was - I knew nothing about the acting business!! So, I started teaching myself. I asked a lot of questions from a lot of people. Got headshots for free from a friend, made an awful character reel, by myself with a borrowed iPhone, so I'd at least have something to put up on casting websites. I went to a couple classes, and just started submitting to student films and such. The more experience I got the more I learned, not to mention I was also learning about the whole industry from the production side too. So, I'm very grateful for all the opportunities I've had, and the people I've met through it all.
2. Where do you hope to be in five years?
Honestly, I hope to be more established. I've had the opportunity to write and produce a comedy TV show and I've been able to act in TV, short films, and a feature film, I just want to do more of that. I know I will always, probably, have many irons in the fire (producing, writing, directing, acting) but I just want to solidify my career, and get a higher percentage of it to be in acting.
3. What are the five films that have influenced you the most?
Wow. Ok. Let's see. How about film/filmmaker? In no particular order: Mel Brooks, Jurassic Park (saw it in the theater at age 11. I love dinosaurs.), Psycho/Rear Window/Vertigo (Basically Hitchcock), The Godfather (Especially #2), and Sergio Leone.
4. Who are your biggest acting icons and influences?
Again, in no particular order: Gene Wilder, Robin Williams, Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Julie Andrews, and (Honorable Mention) Nathan Fillion (Browncoats forever).
5. If they made a movie about your life, what would the title be? Would it be a drama, comedy, or musical?
"Have We Met? Questions I Ask The Mirror " (A Musical Comedy)