Now that our call for 2017 speakers is out, we thought it was a good time to circle back to one of our speakers from 2016 and see what Madison Thomas thought about her experience as a TEDxWinnipeg speaker. It can take a bit of effort to catch up with Madison—we found her in Yellowknife filming dogsled teams for her work on season two of Taken.
What motivates you?
For me, like most artists I think, motivation can sometimes be a difficult thing to find. We don’t have clear markers of success and progress like a lot of professions do. From within I think it comes from a place of wanting to share unique stories through film that might not be told otherwise. Externally I find motivation from my communities, friends and my students. When I see my colleagues making cool films and art it motivates me to do the same. My students motivate me with their energy and willingness to learn which motivates me to be the best role model I can be for them but as an artist and as a person.