On their first task, the US CitySlickers will show us around their towns and cities, documenting their experiences in analogue and telling us stories along the way. Let's meet Paul and learn about New Orleans!
Name: Paul Downs
City: New Orleans, LA
Occupation: Freelancer working in TV productions. I do camera and audio work.
After Hurricane Katrina touched down, most of the Gulf coast was off the grid. New Orleans was one of the cities affected as a result of that storm. Most of the city was destroyed and underwater. There was much panic and uncertainty during that time. For months, many people didn’t have a place to call home. It’s a very strange feeling thinking that you may never be able to return to the city that you have known and loved your entire life. Luckily for me, since Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans has come back stronger than ever, and it shows with the people who live here.
Here’s a little bit of info on me: My name is Paul. I was born and raised in New Orleans, obviously. I love music, sports, photography, videography, and writing. I have an awesome job working in television doing behind the scenes work, because I have no interest in being on-camera talent. And I have a wonderful girlfriend named Hang. Nice to meet all of you. Now, back to my city resting at the end of the mighty Mississippi…
There is a unique charm found in New Orleans that I have not yet experienced anywhere else in the world during my travels. I contribute this to the people who live here. We just know how to have a good time. We can take the worst of times and somehow make it positive and find reason to celebrate. I mean, we do throw one of the biggest parties every year with Mardi Gras. If you haven’t experienced it, I recommend you do.
If you come to this city, you better bring your appetite with you. We love to eat, and we have some of the best food out there to back that up.
Also, we love to drink. We’ll drink you under the table and still be able to drive you home. What else are you going to do on a hot summer night? I recommend getting some friends together and finding a nice hole in the wall bar down in the French Quarter and knocking back a few of your favorite brews to cool down, because trust me, it gets HOT down here. Mix the heat, drinking, and some live music that we’re famous for and you have yourself a perfect night.
But anyway, that’s all for now. I am looking forward to sharing my experiences and stories with all of you. I wouldn’t be who I am today if it wasn’t for the city of New Orleans. There’s such a rich culture and history here. The people are amazing, and there is always something going on to inspire you. That’s why no matter what happens, even if New Orleans is ever under 20 feet of water again, I will always be proud to swim home.