My name is Isabelle Berthelot and I am currently in the Class of 2024 at Sewanee University in TN. I attended the Episcopal School of Acadiana in Cade, Louisiana. I was born and raised in Louisiana, surrounded by festivals, music, and other artists.
From a young age, I've been passionate about art and creation. I have many childhood memories of painting in my back yard, working at a newspaper-covered kitchen counter, or doodling in a notebook at a crowded family event. Art has always been my greatest hobby.
During my freshman year of high school, I began taking photography classes, where we had to critique work and back up our artistic opinions with specific reasons why we liked or disliked something. This built my artistic eye, allowed me to evaluate my own work, and helped me to develop strong, knowledgeable opinions of another’s pieces. With this foundation, I developed more art in fields beyond photography: I began painting and drawing again, and finding new ways to create art.
In the second semester of my freshman year, I was invited to pioneer a new film development class at ESA with 4 other students, three of whom were seniors. I was the youngest student in the class, and the only girl. My drive and creativity were challenged more in this year than ever before. I stayed in the editing studio after hours, on weekends, and even during school breaks in order to produce work that I could be proud of and that I felt was on the same level as my peers. I used my knowledge of composition and design from photography to create and justify my work, constantly asking for feedback and fine-tuning my videos until they were perfect. At the end of the semester, a challenge was set up for the students to see who would attend an internship in California with filmmaker and marketing executive, Brett Landry.