It all started out when I moved to Denver, Colorado....I've wanted to work in media since I could remember but when I graduated from the College of Charleston in 1997 trying to find a communication job was like finding a needle in a haystack. So along with my best friend, Peyton Tuthill, I moved to the Mile High City where I worked at Colorado Parent Magazine, National Cinema Network and one of my all-time favorite jobs, The Rocky Mountain News. (God, I LOVED that job but I lost it when we went into the JOA with the Denver Post)

During my time in Denver, I had some really great highs and some really big lows, all of what have made me who I am today. I moved back to my native Charleston in late 2002 leaving a life that changed me forever. When I returned to Summerville, my hometown, I did anything I could to get back to my passion -- writing and communicating messages -- so I began bartending and interning, yes, interning at the Charleston City Paper. I loved working there and learned a ton, I continued on and won't bore you with all the menial jobs in between. They were all integral, however, in leading me in where I am today. So after many nights of working until 3am bartending and staying awake a few more hours to report traffic on the local ABC affiliate and radio stations, I received a phone call I could have only wished for. Actually, two weeks before I told my boyfriend at the time (now husband) Darren, that all I wanted was for the local ABC station to call me up and offer me a job, he laughed at me. I actually laughed at myself. And then it happened. That's when I knew it's all about putting it out there. I got that great television job I had always dreamed of having and hosted and produced an hour-long variety show daily for five years. I learned so much that if I wrote it all I could have enough to fill another book! When the station decided to go into another direction, I was hurt and lost but knew that I had been through much worse so I utilized my past skills at some of the best jobs ever to show clients the possiblities of media.

Now I'm enjoying being on the other side of the camera - producing commercials, videos and promotions. Now I enjoy writing for magazines, newspapers, blogs and social media - it's a wide world of information. Now I enjoy helping others understand what really goes on behind the scenes in the newsrooms of America - knowing when to pounce, knowing when to chill and knowing when it's truly a story. So as Popeye would say, "I am what I am" and I hope my past experiences can help you increase your brand awareness. Thanks for taking your time to read this ~ cheers to you! Ryan

Some Links for Reading:

Do You Know Column from Post and Courier
Channel Surfing with Ryan Nelson
Interview with Ken Burger
Interview with Bryce Donovan
City Paper Article
Best Of
Meet the Nelwater Consulting mascot, Fletch!


***We'd like to welcome Darren Goldwater - the other part of Nelwater- to the team! After years of being the Voice of the Citadel Bulldogs, Darren went out on his own and is now the TV Play-By-Play Annnouncer for the Southern Conference Network and he is also on the Nelwater staff specializing in advertising, voice overs, commercial creation, social media and more!

Welcome Darren!
Read about Darren:
Post and Courier
LinkedIN
Twitter
Natalie Grantham
Natalie N. Grantham Natalie joined the Nelwater team in the Fall of 2012 as Accounts Manager and has been Ryan’s right-hand woman ever since. Her strengths in organization, client relationships and planning have proved to be a yin and yang balance to Ryan’s creative and free-spirited nature.
Natalie, a self-proclaimed local, moved to the Lowcountry in 2009 from Tega Cay, SC. She spent her first years in the area working as the Campaign Coordinator for Team in Training with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society where she continued to grow her public relations and marketing experience with a focus on corporate event planning, sales & exhibit strategies, customer relations and gained a vast knowledge of the local community.

Natalie is originally from Florida (first Jacksonville then Tampa), she became a Carolina resident as a child and spent most of her youth in Tega Cay, South Carolina. Born and raised a… wait for it… Florida GATORS fan, she was quickly won over by the Carolina Gamecock spirit and chose to attend the University of South Carolina where she graduated in 2008 with a bachelor degree in Public Relations and Mass Communications.

Aside from her communications prowess, Natalie, is involved with various local causes including animal rescue, The Carolina Lady Anglers, The American Heart Association and more. In her free time she enjoys spoiling her three (yes, three!) large rescue dogs, a good glass of Prosecco or Cab, yoga, running, fishing the lowcountry waterways, scenic photography and occasionally a good Netflix binge.