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Mantis Gagne: Profile + Interview

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Mantis Gagne: Interview

The first words that comes to your mind when you hear Inspiration, Passion, and Strength


Who are you? (Answer how you interpret this question)

1’m a 23 year old photographer trying to make my passion a full-time career! Determined, creative, hyperactive would probably describe me best lol I’m always on the go.

Why do you do what you do?

Because when I’m not doing it, it feels like there’s something missing in my life. I love photography, whether it’s just hanging out with friends and documenting, conceptual shoots or hired contracts. There’s always something new to learn.

When did you know this is what you wanted to do, and what events led you to choose it?

It wasn’t until I failed my theory of photography class during my first semester in photography program (and got held back a year) that I realized that this was more than just a hobby to me.

Toughest thing you had to overcome to do what you do? And what/who helped you?

Putting myself in debt and being more confident in myself. one of my high school teachers pushed me to apply to college when debt scared the crap out of me. I was sort of rebelling back then and it was definitely the push I needed to get the ball rolling if you know what I mean! As for confidence, you just have to give it 180% and the rest comes with time/practice.

Has anyone/anything ever inspired you to become who you are (to follow your dreams)? Have you ever inspired anyone directly?

My inspiration comes from many amazing photographers and a lot of lurking (facebook, tumblr, google, etc.) lol as for following my dreams. I’d have to say that my college teachers had a lot to do with it. they were always pushing me to give it my all, ready to give me an honest opinion about whatever crazy idea/question I had. I’ll forever be grateful! My friends and family have also given me so much support, positive feedback goes a long way! :)

One mistake that you made in your journey? How have you learnt from them?

Being intimidated by pushy clients. I don’t know how many times I cut my prices in half or even worked for free because of cheap jerks trying to get freebees instead of supporting a struggling artist. I’m all for TFP but sometimes it just gets a little crazy.

Upcoming projects? Plans/goal? (about anything, if you have any)

I need to start shooting more frequently. Sometimes I get so caught up with clients that I start pushing aside personal shoots. Beauty/fashion and a bit of conceptual work is definitely in the works. Also hopefully heading to Toronto in the next year or so to officially launch my business and finally start living the dream!

What advice would you give to other people? (Just about life in general - It could be about anything)

Life’s too short to be miserable.

Say anything you want, about anything (Last words)

“the cure of anything is salt water, sweat, tears, or the sea.”

Mantis Gagne: Profile

Full name

Mantis Gagné



Place of Birth? (city, country)


Where you live now? (city, country)


Origins (where parents are from)? (city, country)

Lac-st-jean, Quebec (mom) & Windsor, Ontario (Dad)

First Language?


What do you do? (Profession/Occupation)


How long have you been doing it?

5 years

Fav Song

This week: Worst Behavior – Drake

Fav Musician/Vocal artist/Rapper/Singer

Brand New: Interpol, Coldplay, Antwoord, Cage the Elephant, Schoolboy !, Metric, Circa Survive, Weezer and the list goes on

Fav Movie


Fav Actor/Actress

Ben Affleck, Jennifer aniston

Fav Clothing brand

Wilfred, Talula, Sunday Best

Fav Visual artist/Photographer/Filmaker/Dancer/Choreographer

Henry Cartier-Bresson, Ryan McGinley, Vivian Maier, Diane Arbus and Mary Ellen Mark, amony many others!

Fav Sport to watch

Wings fan for life!

Fav Sport to play

Volleyball, Badminton

Let me know how you guys like this post at  -Amir :)