Nat has been with O’Brien® for just over a year now, and when the marketing team asked her to be a part of our latest TV commercials, she jumped at the opportunity.
“All technicians featured in our ads are real O’Brien® employees. So when we saw Nat’s audition tape in response to a call-out to our branches for anyone keen to be part of the campaign, we knew she’d be a natural in front of the camera” Claudia Johnston, Marketing Manager at O’Brien® said.
We recently sat down with Nat to get to know the newest face on Australia’s TV screens.
Nat, tell us a little about yourself.
Hey, I’m Nat. I’m 28 years old and I’m an Auto Technician at O’Brien® AutoGlass at Tuggerah.
I grew up in Maroubra, before moving out to the Hills District when I was 9, and then eventually I moved up to the Central Coast a few years ago. I love it up here, being so close to the beach again.
On a typical day, my partner Ashlee and I take my dogs Benny and Indie for a sunrise walk, before going to the gym and then heading off to work. I’m a huge animal lover and if I could spend all my time with animals, I would.
I am pretty active. I like heading down to the beach on a sunny day for a swim. I also do MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) twice a week. I’d love to do it more, but I also really love my job, so I often do a lot of overtime and weekend work.
I also have a diploma in Music, I’m a qualified carpenter and I love cars. So, I guess you could say I like many different things!
What does a typical weekend look like for you?
When I’m not working on the weekend, I spend time with my partner and our dogs and take them to the park to run around.
I’m a pretty social person, so love to catch up with friends at the local when I can. But I also love curling up in front of the TV on a Saturday night just as much too.
So, you’re in a number of the new O’Brien® TV commercials. How does it feel knowing you’re going to be on TV screens around Australia?
It’s great! I haven’t managed to catch it on TV yet, but all my friends keep sending me photos every time I pop up on their screens.
It’s funny, I wasn’t nervous about it at all at first. In fact, I was stoked when they asked me. I always look for opportunities to grow and I like trying new things, so I was super excited to give this a go.
But the night before filming, I got so nervous! It took me a few takes the next day before I started to calm down and really get into the rhythm of it and enjoy it.
What was the experience of filming the commercials like? Is it something you’d love to keep doing with O’Brien®?
Of course! Bring it on!
As I said, the first couple of takes were really awkward and I was full of nerves, but the crew were great, and they supported me and calmed me down. After that, I had so much fun.
I didn’t think it was going to be as hard as it was, to be honest. On the first day, I think it actually took me about 20 takes to get the very first scene right, but it did get a lot easier as the day went on.
Although the weather was a bit temperamental, luckily it held out just long enough for us to get the scenes done and wrap up for the day.
The second shoot day was much more relaxed!
All in all, it’s been a pretty cool experience. I’d happily give it another go.
Catch Nat in the latest O’Brien® ad below. And keep an eye out for more of Nat coming to TV soon!
You never know, it may be Nat (or any one of our other ‘celebrity’ auto technicians) that responds to the call.