I call myself the Freelance Cajun, Seemed like a good ear-catching name that serves as an umbrella title for some of the things that I do. My passions lie in music, photography, and sharing food from southwest Louisiana. I have a deep connection and sense of place in south Louisiana through its music, culture, and access to the natural world.
As time has gone on I’ve managed to turn my passions into business ventures. I am a traveling musician playing cajun music in many places across the country and internationally. I’ve been fortunate to explore the professional photography world as a shooter and as an assistant to many amazing artists. I also from time to time feed the masses Louisiana-based “glory meals” in an effort to share some of my home traditions and build community every chance I get.
With the growth of business and community, I found my place in the Basin arts scene. At first, I was simply looking for a place to work on my photo editing. I didn’t realize the benefit of running into other artists, dancers, and musicians on a day-to-day basis and how invigorating it could be just to be in a building that literally pumps energy through the walls. While doing my work (which is in its nature very solitary) I get to feel people jumping dancing and moving in their studio spaces. I have the opportunity to hear young people learning music down the hall and I benefit from bouncing ideas off of fellow creators passing through.
Who makes up your art circle?
The community I’ve been a part of my whole life here in Lafayette, and the greater community that stems from attraction to cajun and creole culture is largely who I would consider my artist circle. This is a very broad group of people as it includes Musicians, artists, cooks, dancers, and of course the people who simply appreciate the art forms that are presented here and abroad. My artist circle is always growing always evolving and I hope to continue its growth for as long as possible