On the Couch with Nathan Carter

Nathan Carter AAR On the CouchWho is Nathan Carter?
Singer. Mover. Shaker. Sydney born Melburnian. Once a Shakespearian Improvisor. Now playing Nick, Doug and others in Come From Away.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
I’m enamoured with all things cinema and film history. I could watch anything. Film as an art form is such a brilliant medium for understanding ourselves and where we are, so I’d probably be a film historian, a film theorist, or maybe just tearing tickets at a revival cinema.

Who inspires you and why?
My mate Cal Rixon. He survived a massive stroke at 24, rebuilt his life and now runs an online community called genyus – a global, peer-led story sharing platform where young stroke and other trauma survivors can connect, become self-empowered, accelerate their recoveries and reach positive mental health. He has the ability to turn the worst thing in his life into the best thing. Amazing.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
I’d get those in power to care more about the environment. People, come on!! No earth = no people. I’ve never owned a car. It started out because I was too broke. Now I tell everyone it’s to save the environment (when actually it’s because I’m too cheap…)

Favourite holiday destination and why?
A crazy, crazy city. It was once described as ‘poor, but sexy’. How could you not love a city like that? Come for the culture. Stay for the curried sausages. Or anywhere with a beach. My one aim in life is to drink a cocktail out of a coconut at a pool bar. #lifegoals.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
I’m relatively new to Melbourne. Anyone want to show ME around? My shout…?? But if you love film, go to the Astor Cinema. NOW!

What are you currently reading?
I’m less of a book reader, more of a book starter. Currently I’ve stalled halfway through The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon. Fantastic book. Started it a year ago. Will I finish it? Ask me again in another year.

What are you currently listening to?
I’m currently going through a Harry Nilsson phase. I was house sitting my friend’s studio at Kings Cross and discovered her Harry Nilsson albums. I spent most of my time there sitting in the sun drinking cups of tea and cranking the music. Brilliant. Also, the creativity of The Avalanches never ceases to amaze me. Their recent album was brilliant. I want to delve into their music collection.

Happiness is?
Not comparing yourself to others. And, long meals with friends. In that order.

What does the future hold for you?
More long meals with friends, awesome music, brilliant films, seeing more of Melbourne and hopefully finishing that book – if I can find it…

Nathan stars in the Australian premiere season of Come From Away – currently playing at Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre (Opening Night: 20 July). For more information, visit: www.comefromaway.com.au for details.

Image: Nathan Carter (supplied)