Creative Connected Calgary Paige K Boudreau | Photo: Courtesy of Paige K Boudreau January 22, 2019 Paige K Boudreau Month of the Artist celebrates the valuable contributions artists make to Alberta Paige K Boudreau Calgary-based filmmaker Paige K Boudreau began her career as an editor, cutting lifestyle TV among other projects. She is currently in production and development on a number of projects and is always looking for the next interesting collaboration. Follow her on Instagram at @paigekb. What city ward do you live in? Ward 3. How do you describe yourself as an artist? As an artist I’m constantly looking for flickers of things in my life worth capturing and recreating. Being an artist is so much more than a career, and for me that means constantly being a receptor to stories worth telling. What does living a creative life mean to you? For me living a creative life means I’m constantly seeing things through a particular lens—processing and understanding my day-to-day within the framework of storytelling. It means I’m always looking for moments or messages to reflect back in my work, and also looking for art to take in to make my creations even better. What do you love about Calgary and what is one place you go to find inspiration in Calgary? As a born and raised Calgarian I love driving around the city (not at rush hour) and having floods of memories and ideas wash over me. In particular, the drive on 14th St. NW along Nose Hill is a go-to whenever I need some inspiration. If you could do one thing this year to make Calgary a better place to live, what would it be? I’d like to capture one of the many hidden gems in Calgary. There are so many curious and interesting people and places here that deserve to have their stories told—to fellow Calgarians as well as the rest of the world. What piece of advice would you give to an emerging artist? Find your unique voice and start creating. You need to practice your craft a lot to have the skills to back up your brilliant ideas so get going now. Also, don’t be afraid to fail—because you will. Get excited about “collecting the nos” because each one of them means you’re one step closer to your next yes. What are you currently working on? I have a couple of feature film projects in the works including Just Off Main Street—a story about a woman’s search for self identity after the loss of both her parents before turning 30. About Alberta’s Month of the Artist January is the Month of the Artist in Alberta, an annual celebration of artists and the value they bring to the province, both socially and economically. Dedicated by the Government of Alberta, the Month of the Artist is a way to say thank you for making the province a better place to live. Calgary Arts Development is pleased to share the stories of artists who choose to live and work in Calgary. Have a story to share? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.