OUR VALUES GUIDE OUR APPROACH.

SERVICE

Making something beautiful and effective is great, but having a good experience doing it is even better. We value working with you to reach your goals, and making the journey as smooth (and fun!) as possible.

 

We get to know you, which comes in handy since we’re invested in your success.

EMPATHY

The crux of good storytelling is building empathy with your audience. We get to know your audience so that we can speak their language and build trust with them and you.

 

Empathy is at the heart of human connection, and in our experience, leading with empathy always strengthens our productions.

EXCELLENCE

Excellence is the difference between good and great. We strive for excellence in every area of our business, and continually optimize and refine our process.

 

We are life-long learners of story and we commit to taking our knowledge and elevating your stories along the way.

OUR MISSION

To mobilize your story to power memory, shape culture and ignite change. 

Nathan Clendenin, MA

Founder / CEO

Nathan is brimming with gusto and grit. He believes hope is abundantly more powerful than fear, and wants to tell stories that inspire people to do great things.

Nathan's purpose in life is to encourage and inspire others. His vision is a world of people sharing their gifts with others. His mission is to tell inspiring stories so others will become their own inspiring story. In 2019 he shared this concept of exponential inspiration with the world on the TEDx stage (linked below).

Nathan Clendenin has always been passionate about sharing the great things going on in the world. Nathan founded the marketing firm StoryDriven in 2011 with a passion to fill a need in the world for positive, uplifting stories, showcased by concise, documentary style video production. Years later, hundreds of clients can attest to the impact of StoryDriven’s influence as their guide who celebrates them as thought leaders & world changers who inspire people to take action.

An eight-time Emmy Award-winning storyteller, Nathan is an entrepreneur with a love of learning and a love for taking risks in order to grow. He holds a master’s in visual communication from UNC’s School of Media and Journalism and was the first Multimedia Producer for WRAL.com/CBC New Media Group, a position he held until he and his wife Rebecca moved to Mamelodi, South Africa, where they volunteered in community development and storytelling work with nonprofit, Africa Revolution. Nathan’s time in South Africa only reinforced his passion to pursue the kind of storytelling that educates, inspires and connects. Nathan counts his most recent journey of building and leading a passionate team of story experts at StoryDriven, who share this vision, as among his most rewarding and favorite experiences to date.

Nathan serves at Chair of the Board of Africa Revolution, is active in his local church and is a dad to two boisterous and fun-loving boys and a baby girl (who shares DNA with angels). When he’s not busy making a story with his camera, he’s probably listening to good storytelling on RadioLab or This American Life.

Chelsey Griffith

Marketing / Project Manager

Chelsey rejects the narrative of being only left-brained or right-brained. Her sweet spot is where artistry and strategy meet. She is a big-picture thinker, but also has an eye for detail. Her efficient mindset propels projects forward.

Elliot Blumberg, MA

Brand Journalist

Elliot looks at the roots of your company to envision how you can grow. His exploratory nature matched with his craving for authenticity drives him to cultivate meaningful stories.

Maria Luisa Frasson-Nori

Editor

Maria Luisa (Malu) combines strategy and style to put together the puzzle pieces of a video. Her grounded mentality transforms dreams into reality. Her empathy for others illuminates everything she does.

Marin Herold

Marketing Apprentice

Marin puts emphasis on establishing trust and relationship when representing your company. She strives to tell your story with truth and excellence.

WE PARTNER WITH

“We give the mic to people that are really making the world a better place.”

Nathan Clendenin

CEO at StoryDriven

OUR STORY MENTORS

We work with a variety of exemplary storytellers in their chosen fields to elevate our work.

WE BELIEVE

IN THE POWER

OF STORY.

“Storytelling is where we share what we’ve discovered; all of us have discovered a little secret about life.”

Michael Cotter

“Researchers have found that the human brain has a natural affinity for narrative construction.”

Benedict Carey

“If you want to know me, then you must know my story, for my story defines who I am.”

Dan McAdams

“Stories constitute the single most powerful weapon in a leader’s arsenal.”

Dr. Howard Gardner

"Sometimes reality is too complex. Stories give it form."

Jean Luc Godard

"Storytelling offers the opportunity to talk with your audience, not at them."

Laura Holloway

“Stories make us more alive, more human, more courageous, more loving.”

Madeleine L'Engle

“A story has its purpose and its path. It must be told correctly for it to be understood.”

Marcus Sedgwick

“Marketing is no longer about the stuff that you make, but about the stories you tell.”

Seth Godin

“Content builds relationships. Relationships are built on trust. Trust drives revenue.”

Andrew Davis

"Make it simple, but significant."

Don Draper