When his daughter asked to climb Mount St. Helens for her 10th birthday, what did Michael do ?
He didn't want to discourage her and say no. They decided to explore together -- looking at guidebooks, reviewing other's trail logs, determining what gear they needed, etc. It was an opportunity where they were able to learn together.
What does Michael Parenteau hope for his daughter?
He hopes that she will have an opportunity or experience similar to his experience during his last few years of high school when he spent 4.5 hours a day in an art studio. He spent lots of time meeting other artists in the community who were making money while pursuing their passion. It was was a transformational time for Michael.
What is it like to be a starving artist with a child and what advice does he have for others in the same shoes ?
Michael had a close friend who was also an artist that told him to not stop making art because he wouldn't have as much time to create with the arrival of a child. That was scary for Michael. Another friend was neighbors with a successful businessman artist. Upon asking him how he became a successful artist, the businessman said to have kids! It is the ultimate motivation. Keep making art.