Pascaline Blanchecotte 
Video Director, Home studio, Paris 

Describe the first moment that you truly felt like an artist.
Feeling an artist for me is more about being sensitive and curious about what surrounds us, eyes opened to the world and people, so I guess since I am a child actually. But being an artist as I hear it, is having a gallery that sells and supports the work, participate to exhibitions or fairs and have people talk or write about it, which I don’t, so with this definition I don’t consider truly myself as an artist but more as a video director.

Are you formally trained or self-taught?
I am both, formally trained in l'Ecole des Beaux arts de Nantes on art in general and reasoning, and self-taught with technical aspects of video, and everyday since then.

Can you explain what kind of projects you work on?
I work with video images, it can be directing, shooting, editing or all at the same time. I do videos for a gallery named Galerie De Multiples which is located in the Marais in Paris that uses my videos as « teasers » to promote their exhibitions… I am totally free for these projects, which is very nice. I do music videos. And I work for advertising companies or even on a length film right now as a second director in order to orient the director with the aesthetic, the rhythm, the framing, editing or even the choice of music.

And what is it that you love about working with video? 
I think I love everything about it! Movement and time of course which makes it unique, different of all other mediums, but I like also the music & sound a lot, the frame, the camera, the editing, the freedom about it being somehow immaterial and at the same time so close to reality, that’s what makes it so interesting and that’s where destabilization resides.

Can you describe your job in 3 words?
Passion, pleasure, patience. (3P ;))

Do you have some projects for the future that you want to talk about?
Well I’d like to make a short film, I’m working on the writing.

How do you start your day and what does your daily routine looks like?
My day starts with taking care of my son and coffee! Then with turning on the computer which stays on after that all day long.

You are a single mom and you work from home. How do you manage that?
I manage it like everyone else I think, before 8:30 am and after 6pm I am all for my son, in between work work work.

Can you work with your little one next to you sometimes?
No not really, if I do there will be foolishness done whether by the kid whether by me…

What is the best part about being your child's mother?
The magic of the unique way the child sees things and understands the world on his own, and the hugs of course.

Do you have any advice for other single parents?
It’s only a transition anyway but to make it acceptable for the child, I think parents if possible must get along which is actually our case, his dad and I are still best friends. Being honest with ourselves about what we can do and what we can’t, because of course we can’t do everything by our own.

What's a typical day, spending time with your child when in the city?
Typical day is going to the fresh market next door buy good fish or meat and vegetables, then rest at home then going to the parc Montsouris also next door ride ponies and play ball.

Describe Paris in 3 words.
Beautiful, surprising and familiar at the same time.

What is your favorite places to eat in Paris?
Fresh oysters and white wine for lazy Saturday noon at any “Bar à huîtres”, “Le camion qui fume” (best hamburgers made in a truck) in front of the cinema MK2 at Bibliothèque François Mitterrand before going to the cinema. The Chateaubriand which is now one of the 50 best restaurants in the world, which I know the owner, for a special night.

When you have a child free night where do you hang out?
No hesitation with friends usually in the Marais, some of my friends work at Agnes B gallery, so it is most of the time where we start the night.

A big MERCI Pascaline for your time and the good meal. Check out her tumblr on that page:

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