Life Is Too Short To Lose Time Doing Something You Don’t Enjoy Doing With Claude Viens
After graduating from electronics school in 1982, at age 17, Claude landed a computer technician job at Urgences Santé (which today would probably be called the 911 central). It was a so-called secure job with above average wages and all of the benefits one might expect from a public service job. But Claude saw bigger. He wanted more than just being part of the social mould that had people driving to work and back like robots, constantly complaining about everything and expecting nothing more out of life than a comfortable retirement fund.
In 1993, with a wife and child plus another one on the way, he decided to make a move. After almost 12 years of watching ambitious people become nothing but shadows of themselves, Claude was determined enough to take on a new challenge. Following his father’s footsteps, he went back to school for a while and became a financial advisor, writing income tax reports and selling mutual funds and insurance.
This went on for another 7 years but it was very difficult to keep up with the financial world without passion for it. Claude’s heart was in show business, more precisely, the technical aspect of show business. In 2001, he turned the financial business over to his partner and went on to follow another path. This time, it would be much more difficult to get enough income out of it to support a family but Claude had the sacred fire burning inside of him. Passion can make you find a way where there is no apparent solution.
Today at 52, he is a renowned lighting director and designer, head of the lighting department at a Montreal-based sound and lighting company. He is also an author and motivational speaker, telling people that dreams are attainable and healthy living like any other human behaviour is a learnable skill.