This has now become a tradition. Every year I sit down and take the time to reflect on the year that has gone by, thinking about the good and the bad, but most importantly, putting things in perspective. I can honestly say that 2010 has been a pivotal year on multiple levels in my life and career.
On a personal note, I was blessed with the birth of my first child, a beautiful healthy daughter. With her birth, I started a new life, nothing is quite the same anymore. Time has become ever so precious that every action I undertake now has to be meaningful.
As work is concerned the year started off at a very slow pace but things picked up quickly and I’ve become a busy man, shooting both motion and stills on various projects. In April 2010, I joined force with Éloi Beauchamp and 5 talented artists (Anouk Lessard, Christophe Collette, Mackenzie Duncan, Martin Laporte and Neil Mota) and LELOI was funded. Getting representation and production means was a definite asset and helped me open up the field. Now people would know that by working with me, they had access to a whole team of creatives with Agence Satellite artists and that a producer could assist them through the process. Eloi also became my voice, meeting people and presenting my work and opening up his network to me. Joining LELOI gave me a new presence as well as street cred.
One of the most important lesson I’ve learned this year is to pace myself and my expectations. No matter how bad you want it, you can’t get ahead of yourself. I’ve also learned to trust myself artistically. And following this trend, I want to shoot more for myself. This is something I was wishing for last year, but I have lost track. This year I need to plan for it, not just wait for it to happen.
Even with the specter of the Crisis still in the air, the year has been pretty good for me overall. Lots of work, a brand new site and great visibility from various projects and contests allowed my work to travel.
This year has also seen Made of Stills growing ever so strong, building up the collective, integrating brand new talents complementing those already in place. The Studio has become such a great place to spend the day and the best is yet to come. We have great expectations, wanting to open up our doors to host more creative events and talent mash-ups.
Looking back at the road traveled, I have a lot to be grateful about. And 2011 looks pretty good to me so far. Let’s just hope everyone is in tune so this wave up optimism brings us back to a more positive state of mind.