Natalie Duran Bio
Natalie Duran is an athlete, television host, actress, influencer and scientist. A pioneering YouTube star, Duran began her career on the video platform producing comedy videos in 2007. She was amongst the first content creators on YouTube to be recognized by advertisers and traditional media companies. Early in her YouTube career, Duran was hired to work on projects with Tennman Records (Justin Timberlake’s company), Katalyst Media (Ashton Kutcher’s company), Disney, Intel, Geico, The American Cancer Society and an Addy Award winning campaign for JC Penney.
Despite her online success, Duran took a break from YouTube to pursue her education at the University of California, Riverside, where she received a Neuroscience Degree. Upon graduating, Duran was hired as a Clinical Research Assistant at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine. As a part of her responsibilities, Duran authored several published articles on the topic of stem cell-based therapies in Inflammatory Bowel Disease. She presented her findings at medical conferences all over the world.
As an athlete, Duran has been rock climbing professionally for 6 years. Her success in the male-dominated sport led to her being cast on NBC’s American Ninja Warrior (and Team Ninja Warrior on the Esquire Network), where she is a reoccurring competitor and one of the show’s top personalities. On American Ninja Warrior: Red Nose Day Celebrity Edition, Duran coached actress Mena Suvari. She is the first Filipina-American to compete on the show. Duran has recently been hired to work as a course tester/ development for CMT’s Broken Skull Ranch Season 5.
Duran’s outgoing personality and comfort in front of the camera has led to opportunities hosting television segments for E! and Entertainment tonight. Her appearance on American Ninja Warrior has been widely covered by ESPN, Entertainment Tonight, Justine Magazine, TV Guide, Asian Journal, and more.