“In chess small moves pave the way for big ones” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

James Paterson by © Arron McCullough

“James was born in Vancouver. When he was 18 he was in California playing beach volleyball. He was “discovered” by a fashion photographer and a couple of years later moved to Paris where he became an international runway model. He was a model for 15 years before he settled in London and got his masters in design. He is a good friend and my business partner here at 3iii, in Calgary, Alberta.” – Aaron M

Image © Aaron McCullough

An Interview with James

Q. What is the best memory you have from a previous birthday?

A. Mmmm best memory, probably my 21st, just before my move to Paris – France, from Vancouver – Canada. My family put on a surprise party for me. All of my closest friends and family were there.

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. Probably my 50th, why…. thinking everything was downhill from there on in.

Q. What was the present you’ve received for your birthday that surprised you most?

A. My first brand new peddle bike…. I think I was 10. Why? My previous ones were second hand and always far too big for me.

Q. Is there a food or dish that you insist on eating on your birthday?

A. If there was it would have to be, filet mignon, medium rare with roasted vegetables.

Q. What do you believe is the most important aspect of celebrating a birthday?

A. Bringing family together.

Q. Do you have any traditions or thing you always do to celebrate a birthday? What is it?

A. Probably the typical, go out for dinner and have everyone embarrass me by singing ‘Happy Birthday’ as loudly and ridiculously as possible.