Young Guns 19: Nate Edwards
By Alixandra Rutnik and Brett McKenzie on Oct 27, 2021
Featuring the creative stars of Young Guns 19
A year and a half of uncertainty across the creative industry and beyond has finally given way to a light at the end of the proverbial tunnel — a spotlight with a great big "YG19" standing in the middle of it. After more than 70 acclaimed creatives from around the world and across a multitude of disciplines reviewed hundreds of submissions, whittling them down to a formidable finalist list, we can finally reveal the phenomenal winners of Young Guns 19!
This year, we welcome a diverse class of 32 inductees into the exclusive Young Guns family, a collection of young creative talent that is already near the top of their game — and will only get better. These are the designers, the art directors, the illustrators, the filmmakers, the animators, the multidisciplinary artists whose names you'll want to know — if you aren't already following their every move, that is.
Ahead of the Young Guns 19 Ceremony + Party taking place on Wednesday, November 17 — our first in-person event since the pandemic began — we are featuring the future legends who will be stepping into the spotlight that evening.
When did you first hear about Young Guns?
I heard of the competition from a past winner Mike Carson.
What made you enter this year?
Invisible Collective suggested I enter. It was now or never.
Since you are only allowed to submit six projects, how did you decide which pieces were best to enter and truly reflected you and your work?
I feel close to all my work. I wanted to show what I think best represents me and the hard work I've been putting in.
How did you feel when you found out you won Young Guns?
It was a beautiful feeling. As an artist we deal with so much rejection, so it feels good to be recognized.
If you had to pick one of the six projects that you entered as your favorite, which one would it be and why?
I can't pick – I put my heart and soul into everything.
If you had to describe your creative style, the part of your work that’s most distinctively “you,” what would it be?
Simple complexity. I strive for simplicity in all aspects of my life.
"I strive for simplicity in all aspects of my life."
Who are some of the biggest influences on your work and career– people who may have had a hand in mentoring and supporting you?
Some of my biggest influences are The Cohen Brothers, Guy Ritchie, Dave Fincher, and Akira Kurosawa.
Now that you’re in the Young Guns family, are there any past winners you look up to and admire?
I really admire Mike Carson – he is fearless and relentless with exploring all of his talents.
The pandemic of 2020 is slowly starting to taper a bit, so do you have any big goals moving forward into 2022?
Creative freedom... to unequivocally flourish.
Name a professional dream that you have yet to fulfill — hey, maybe Young Guns can help propel you in that direction!
To direct my first feature is a creative and professional dream that I have yet to fulfill.
Any final thoughts?
I'm feeling like the best is yet to come! Best advice received... "Those who say they can and those who say they can't are usually both right." Life motto– Grateful.
Go check out all the Young Guns 19 Winners in the archive!