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ROOT OF INSPIRATION IN PREPARATION FOR A VIDEO SHOOT, ANHEL WENT IN SEARCH OF THE PERFECT TREE. HER JOURNEY LED HER TO ECHO DALE REGIONAL PARK WHERE SHE LOOKED UP, SAW THIS TREE AND HAD A ‘FREEING’ MOMENT. THE MOMENT WAS A REVELATION ABOUT WHAT KIND OF ARTIST SHE WANTED TO BE AND HOW SHE WANTED TO TELL HER STORIES THROUGH VIDEO. PHOTO BY RORY MAHONY, INSTRUCTOR
t Confetti, it’s all about the story. And Nicole Anhel tells the most beautiful stories. Her business is inspired by moments. A gesture of love and pride from a teary father as he walks his daughter down the aisle. The wide-eyed wonder of a child exploring the world around her. The intensity of training for a world-class athlete. Capturing those authentic, often simple moments and creating a million stories are what drive Anhel and her business, Confetti. A would-be broker turned filmmaker, Anhel made a last minute decision in 2001 to return to school. Although she had always had an interest in art and was encouraged by her high school teachers in Olds to pursue it as a career, Anhel ended up studying commerce at Red Deer College instead. Not having found the right fit, she left college and worked for many years before returning to the financial industry. She wrote the Canadian securities course with the goal of becoming a broker. After moving back to her hometown of Medicine Hat, she met up with a friend who inspired her to return to her first love – art. In an unexpected turn of events, she started drawing again to build her portfolio and enrolled in the visual communications program at MHC. “The program here is incredible. I think it’s this little gem that people don’t know enough about,” said Anhel. “It really did change my life.” real17