We had the good fortune of connecting with Jean-Pierre Boudreaux and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jean-Pierre, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Pursuing a creative career has always been an easy choice, but a hard journey.
For as long as I can remember, I have always loved telling stories and had a creative imagination. I also was exposed to a lot of different creative mediums as a kid. My family used to have hundreds of DVD’s (aging myself a bit haha) and CD’s from a large selection of genres. Being the son of tw Gen-Xers, both my mom and dad had their favorite films and bands from the 1970’s and 1980’s. My formative years were full of Star Wars, Star Trek, Queen, The Scorpions, and numerous other things that influenced me, as well as everyone else in the family being extremely musically inclined, able to sing and play various instruments, though I was never quite as gifted in that area.
I convinced myself at a young age I wanted to be a Crime Scene Investigator because I loved the show CSI and CSI: Miami (and was probably a bit too young to be watching those shows at the time). I realized within a few years that it’s actually a rather boring job in real life. Realizing what drew to the show was the characters and story, I decided on being an actor. For my freshman year of high school, I had to make a short film for a class and fell in love with the entire filmmaking process, and never looked back.
From then on I knew this is what I was put on Earth to do. While I have had an opportunity to work in the film production world, ultimately I want to be telling my own stories on my terms, and telling the stories of others, whether a non-profit, brand, individual, or whomever else,
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
The journey to where I am now has been an incredibly difficult one. Any one who is a creative at heart know the struggle of working jobs to pay the bills and not always being able to focus on creating as much as we would like, and the mental struggles that come with that. Getting to a point where your creative endeavour can sustain you by itself is a very hard road, but it is so very worth it. I was finally able to launch a website for my brand along with a new name and branding to match, and that was a massive step for me.
I think what sets me apart is my heart and the type of projects I am passionate about. I have a passion for using my gifts to elevate people and causes that I support and care about, specifically with a desire to work with missions and nonprofit organizations to produce short form documentary content for external and internal purpose, raising awareness and support for the biggest issues facing our world today.
The heart behind Inhabit Creative is to be present in creativity and explore how it is present in our lives and our world as a whole, and using the medium of video to show that.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
New Orleans has a ton of little known places that most people will never see if they only come for Mardi Gras or to see the French Quarter.
If they have never been, the French Quarter is a fun place to walk around and take in the sights and sounds. You just have to either go early when the sun isn’t too high, or in the evening as it’s setting, as there is almost always no wind and little shade in the middle of the day.
For food, there are too many breakfast joints to choose from, but we’d likely start with brunch at Ruby Slipper. Lunch would have to be Banh Mi Boys, a phenomenal Vietnamese Po-Boy shop. For dinner we’d have to jump over to the West Bank for arguably the best Phó in town at Tan Dinh.
And if you have the funds, the evening cruise on the Natchez steamboat is a pretty good time.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Firstly, I ultimately believe this to be a calling from God Himself, and I wouldn’t be anywhere without the doors He has opened for me.
Secondly, to so many friends and family members who have supported me even in the smallest ways on this journey.
My incredible church family at Saints Community Church here in New Orleans, who have provide so many opportunities to grow in my craft.
And lastly, to the ZachyMayFam Discord community of incredible fellow creative human beings who constantly inspire me, support me, and push me to better myself.
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