16. Nina Miller

Categories: Creatives 2012

When we last put the spotlight on 100 creative forces in Phoenix, it was no secret there were more than 100 individuals who were making waves in the local arts community. So as we count down to our annual Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome (back) to 100 Creatives.

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courtesy of Nina Miller
When Nina Miller was really young, her dad was in the Air Force so she moved around, but after that, she says she did most of my growing up in Maple Grove, Minnesota. She also says she is now from Phoenix: "I have been around Arizona long enough that shows I did in college are getting revived."

Miller is an improvisor and instructor at The Torch Theatre in central Phoenix. She worked as a designer for Fulton Engineering at ASU for the last year or so, but is about to start a new position with The Center for Science and the Imagination. "IMAGINATION! SCIENCE! So excited," she says.

See also:
- Big Brain 2012 Finalist: The Torch Theatre
- Center for Science and the Imagination to Launch at ASU's Newest Interdisciplinary Building, ISTB4

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Nina Miller
I came to Phoenix with ... a navy unitard and a dream. Oh! And really nice bath towels that are still great! Totally worth the extra cost as it turns out.

I perform because ...
it helps me better understand the world. Acting got me out of my own head when I was a shy, anxious girl. As a bonus, all the words were vetted by a professional, so I knew they must be the right ones. Improv gave me confidence in my own words and actions. Best gift ever.

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Nina Miller
I design because ... I like problem finding and solving. I really like typography. And I love love love making a living from being creative. I feel super lucky and grateful.

I make art because ... it is messy and ruins the carpet. I just hate carpet!

I'm most productive when ... I am excited about something, even the littlest thing. Like a new color palette or learning a some fancy code. I need to break projects down into the smallest chunks or I will totally freak out. If there is anxiety about a project I completely shut down, nothing gets done. I have ADHD, which I didn't really do anything about until a couple of years ago. Yay irony! It was a pretty huge shift for me, but I am still fighting thoughts that trigger the fear virus from years of "not living up to my potential" or "not paying any attention" or "being lazy and selfish." Pew pew pew!

My inspiration wall is full of ... fabric, patterns, buttons, post its, scribbles, quotes. Horse-themed T-shirts.

I've learned the most from ... my former husband. Quantitatively, he completely wins. Qualitatively, the two most formative lessons came from my mom and dad: love and learn as much as you can handle. Something I think to myself almost every day comes from a thoughtful design professor: "Don't be so nervous." I could list one hundred more people. People are great and smart.

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Nina Miller
Good work should always ... make you laugh or cry. Work that makes you think is fine, but emotion is how we decide and change.

The Phoenix creative scene could use ...
more support. Love. Hugs. Funding. Butts in seats. An improvisor can't lift herself up to fly on stage, but a whole troupe can.

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The Creatives, so far ... (And while you're here, check out 100 Tastemakers on Chow Bella.)

100:Lara Plecas
99. Isaac Caruso
98. Brandon Gore
97. Kelsey Dake
96. Hector Ruiz
95. Caroline Battle
94: Jennifer Campbell
93. Jeff Chabot
92. Tiffiney Yazzie
91. Daniel Germani
90. Irma Sanchez
89. Daniel m. Davis
88. Kirstin Van Cleef
87. Emmett Potter
86. Sarah Hurwitz
85. Christine Cassano
84. Fred Tieken
83. Lindsay Kinkade
82. Ruben Galicia
81. Robert Uribe
80. Heidi Abrahamson
79. Josephine Davis
78. Travis Ladue
77. Taz Loomans
76. Mikey Jackson
75. Alex Empty
74. Joe Ray
73. Carol Roque
72. Daniel Funkhouser
71. Carla Chavarria
70. Hugo Medina
69. Cavin Costello
68. Claire Carter
67. Lindsay Tingstrom
66. Catherine Ruane
65. Christopher Crosby
64. Aaron Johnson
63. Brenda Eden
62. Colton Brock
61. Ernesto Moncada
60. Benjamin Phillips
59. Brad Armstrong
58. Angela Hardison
57. Tyler Quinn
56. Andrew James Benson
55. Charles Anthony Darr
54: Tiffe Fermaint
53. Eric Cox
52. Victor Vasquez
51. John Randall Nelson
50. Lauren Lee
49. Kyle Jordre
48. Julie C. Kent
47. Sean Deckert
46. Niba DelCastillo
45. Joseph Benesh
44. Ashley Harder
43. Dan Vermillion
42. Daniel Shepherd
41. James B. Hunt
40. Lori Fenn
39. Seth Gideon Fainkujen
38. Wayne Rainey
37. Christian Filardo
36. Melissa Cody
35. Jason Rudolph Peña
34. Cindy Iverson
33. Ryan Gentry
32. Sebastien Millon
31. Andrea Beesley
30. Chris Pruitt
29. Robert Diehl
28. Rachel Malloy
27. Jonathan Simon
26. Ann Morton
25. Kim Moody
24. Kevin Flanagan
23. Such and Champ Styles
22. Julia Fournier
21. Rebecca Green
20. Jules Demetrius
19. Averian Chee
18. Sara Cochran
17. Daniel Mills

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