High school graduate pursues passions at St. Thomas University

ST. STEPHEN – Ian Curran is proving that you can succeed when you put your mind to something, or in his case, many things.

Videography, acting, music composition and playing the bagpipes are just a few of the many outlets he’s pursued in his 18 years of life.

“(Videography) goes all the way back to elementary school,” he said. “My dad always had a camera.”

After growing up around his dad who carried a camera with him to create home videos, Curran started filming and editing his own versions.

He pursued his interest in videography through Bobcat Television, a program within his middle school. He continued improving his skills through Spartan TV at St. Stephen High School, “Students’ perspective of the world,” he said.

From that experience he had the opportunity to be apart of the first group of high school students to interview the province’s chief medical officer of health during the COVID-19 pandemic. Curran recalled being grateful they spent the time speaking with a group of high school students, noting that the real life job experience was great to have.

“It was after that interview that I really knew what I wanted to do the rest of my life,” he said.

With financial assistance from the community he grew up in, Curran will pursue a Bachelor of Arts with a major in journalism at St. Thomas University in the autumn.

“I’m going to continue on, doing what I love to do,” he said.

Currently, Curran has taken on the role of director for the video aspect of the upcoming Riding the Waves stage play.

“Filming Carol’s story took a lot of planning,” he said. The most challenging part was deciding what he wanted the overall project to look like.

“The shots tie together really nicely,” he said, crediting the acting for making the words come to life.

Curran is composing the musical score for the video, which will tie the project together.

“I play basically anything I can get my hands on. Because of all the work, you’re able to reap the benefits,” he said.

A main feature of the score will include the bagpipes, which Curran has been playing for eight years.

“Because this film is based here, I think it’s almost necessary to feature the pipes,” he said.

The instrument is a part of Atlantic culture, and Curran is hopeful that will help further the story. Curran was introduced to the bagpipes following a ferry trip to P.E.I., and he knew they were something he had to learn.

“Little seven-year-old Ian was in awe,” he said.

As the type of person who sees something they like and sets their mind to learning that skill, Curran began consuming everything he could regarding the bagpipes. He began private lessons in St. George at the age of 10 from fellow bagpiper Bill Duncan.

Filming this video has given Curran the opportunity to film something creative in a serious capacity for the first time. As he’s no stranger to trying something new, he was excited for the opportunity.

“The moment you step outside your comfort zone, that’s where the magic happens,” he said.

He plans to continue stepping outside his comfort zone as he heads to university where he has enrolled in music courses and hopes to get involved with musical theatre and the Fredericton Pipe Band.