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Meet Jean-Philippe Angers

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jean-Philippe Angers.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
My name is Jean-Philippe Angers and I’m originally from Montreal, Canada. As far as I remember I’ve always been interested in video and photography. Although my first career was in IT (computers), I was doing personal video projects as a hobby, mainly music videos and concerts. Years went by and at some point, I felt I needed a new direction for my life.

I suddenly quit my career in IT without any backup plans. It was a scary move but I had to do it. I remember one particular morning where I had one of those lightbulb moments… “why don’t I apply to work on a cruise ship as a videographer?” The idea came out of nowhere. I quickly put a demo reel together and started applying to all the cruise lines that I could think of. Princess Cruises replied after a few weeks and I had a job interview scheduled. I was quickly hired and started my first ship in February 2008 in New Zealand. Princess Cruises stands out in the industry with their video program. They encourage creativity and give a lot of freedom to do so.

The job itself consisted of making a souvenir video for the passengers’ specific cruise. It was a lot of work but I absolutely loved it. I have worked with Princess Cruises for over 7 years and I’ve been in 250 cities in over 80 countries! I have also met my wife on ships and we decided to settle in San Diego in 2015. I now work for an awesome software company called Classy.org. It’s a fundraising platform for nonprofits. I’m in charge of everything the media (photos, videos, podcasts, webinars, etc).

Please tell us about your art.
My passion resides with the landscape, wildlife and historical sites.

My goal is always to recreate a moment that I’ve experienced. To accomplish this, I first “take in” the scene in front of me. This is a very important step to activate my creativity.

By listening to my emotions and noticing what part of the scene grabs my attention, I’m able to start capturing the images I see in my head. I believe that exploring the world around us makes us all feel more connected to each other, and to our environment.

There’s something therapeutic about travel as well. You really start to see the world in a more positive way. The more you travel the more you realize that while there are many different cultures around the world, all people are very much alike.

My hope is that the viewers will get inspired, travel to these places and live these experience for themselves.

Choosing a creative or artistic path comes with many financial challenges. Any advice for those struggling to focus on their artwork due to financial concerns?
One piece of advice for photographers and videographers is to stop focusing on gear.

People falsely think they need the best gear to make great work. That is totally false and will lead you to spend all your money on the wrong things and paralyze you. I’ve heard way too many times “if only I had this piece of gear then my art will be so much better”.

The truth is that in today’s world even the basic gear will give you great results. Art is created from your soul, and gear is just tools to accomplish your vision. So spend your time and money on learning, experimenting and mastering your craft, not the tools.

Plus no one cares about the gear you used to create your art… the same way no one cares about the hammers and the nails that were used to build a house.

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