In-depth Post #3 – The Context

I can’t believe it’s already week five of In-depth! My mentor and I had four meetings so far and there’s still many more to come. In our most recent meeting, my mentor and I went over the step by step process of drawing drafts to guide me when building wooden models. Through this meeting, I was able to answer several questions mentioned in my self-directed learning contract. Questions included, “what equipments are needed to create a draft,” and “how do you create a blueprint?”

What went particularly well during your mentoring sessions?

There were numerous factors that went well during my mentoring sessions but if I were to choose one, I’d say communication was exceptional. Maybe because we were both interested in the same topic, or we had several encounters through debate, the sessions weren’t as awkward as I had expected. Furthermore, my mentor is extremely passionate about woodworking which is why, whenever I asked questions, she was capable of answering all of them even if some were difficult to answer. As a result of effective communication between my mentor and I, we were able to successfully end another session.

What learning challenges emerged?

For the past several weeks, my schedule has been extremely packed due to tournament preparation sessions. As a result, I was barely able to hold a meeting with my mentor and when I did, I was terribly exhausted and all of the information seemed to coming into one ear and going out of the other.

a. What did you do to hold yourselves accountable for the learning?

I actually wasn’t able to focus the during the third session which was why we eventually had to schedule another meeting. In order to hold myself accountable for the learning we couldn’t get through during the third meeting, I made sure my mentor and I doubled the amount of work we needed to get through for the fourth meeting. This meeting occurred on Wednesday and ended successfully.

What logical challenges affected your communication?

My mentor is obviously much more skilled and experienced compared to me when it comes to woodworking. However, the way that my mentor wanted the sessions to flow versus how I wanted the sessions to flow were complete opposites. This lead to us talking about completely different ideas during the first few minutes of our first meeting. Thankfully, we overcame this by addressing the key points I want to go over throughout this project and the key factors my mentor thinks I should go over and combining both ideas together.

a. What factors affected your ability to interact effectively?

The main factors that contributed to my ability to interact effectively were active listening as well as preparing sections we were going to cover before the meeting. Even before our very first meeting, I prepared information and questions to inform my mentor that they needed to be addressed before the end of my project.

Goodbye Monet- Eminent Reflection

Eminent this year was every bit as bittersweet as I had thought it would be. I can still remember when I finished Night of the Notables last year and was filled with expectations for myself to do better next year. I wonder if the past me’s expectations were met?

I’d love to say that I’m incredibly proud of myself and am satisfied with the work I’ve done, but as the eternal perfectionist, I see only the flaws in my work. This is one trait which I share with my eminent person– he was never happy with his water lilies and kept holding on to them until his eventual death. Even as I worked on my painting for the Night of the Notables, I was constantly sighing and I thought the flowers looked like simple blobs or that the sea looked like squirming caterpillars. Even as I wrote and rewrote my speech, I kept worrying.

But on the actual night of, as we got more and more pumped up, I began to feel the energy as well. It was our last time doing this– might as well enjoy it, right? But when I got on stage, my breath hitched and I actually mixed up several lines of my speech, and I could feel myself losing my grasp on something that I had already drilled into my mind. But instead of panicking, I continued on and wove the lines I had forgotten earlier back into my speech. But in doing so, my speech lost some of the emotion and sounded more rushed because of how nervous I was. Even though I feel I outdid myself from last year, I know that when I look back on this night, I’ll only think of how I forgot the lines in the middle of my speech and feel regret and shame.

As for my learning center, I think that it was an excellent improvement from last year as well. I probably put in the most hours of our whole class just working on the Garden at Sainte-Andresse. I felt so frustrated at the painting so many times that I wanted to cry. I spent much of the time painting rambling and raving, and generally being very turbulent and mildly aggressive. Thank goodness Celine (she was at Bamfield and came to in-depth last year) was there to help me through all that craziness. When I finally brought it to school, a lot of people were really impressed, and I felt like an artist for once. Being angry, unhappy, and borderline psycho where all things that Monet had also lived through while painting. But besides the painting, my focal point, my learning center had other interesting components as well.

I really wanted to make my center like Monet’s famous garden in Giverny, though I think my rendition fell a little short. I put in flowers but they were obscured by other things. Most people who stopped simply commented on the superb job I had done on my painting. I was really happy, but I felt like something was lacking. Not a lot of people participated in my interactive part as well, which was to try painting the water lilies in Monet’s style. But this is the full (hopefully immersive) tour of my learning center.

I tend to be a pessimist and focus on the negative, but there are several moments where I was so truly happy to be a part of this program. When we were backstage right before our speeches, getting pumped up, and practically yelling, there was a strong sense of community and the bond which ties all of us together. We took the time to encourage and reassure each other, all while getting ourselves hyped and ready to have the best Eminent night ever.

I’m pretty sad to see the project go– the good, the bad, and the ugly. Unlike last year, I can’t say that “I’ll improve next year!” But at the same time, with all that stress, maybe I’m a little glad to see it go… or not. I’ll enjoy Eminent from the alumni side of things next year!

Eminent – Final Post

I can’t believe its already over. It seems as if yesterday I was freaking out about eminent.

This year for night of the notables, my preeminent goal was to show others the emptiness and struggles of a lawyer back in the 1800s and I think I did a fairly decent job in doing so. Back then, people didn’t have access to any electronic devices. In order, to show this, I purposely didn’t bring in many devices lawyers today would have access to. Furthermore, last year, I didn’t really have much communication with the visitors. Which is why this year, I decided to have more conversations rather than doing activities. 

Learning centre 2 minute video

(I realized after I arrived home that the top part of my learning centre had not gotten into the film)

For future learning opportunities similar to Night of the Notables, I’ll have a better idea of what to do, how to prepare, and ways to make my project look impactful. I really think that having two opportunities is not enough. I believe the third attempt is when we all start to get a grasp of what we’re supposed to do. Although a third opportunity may never arise, needless to say, eminent this year was definitely a success.

Alumni Raiya once said, “… those three seconds of dead silence after your speech, followed by the thunderous cheers from your classmates. The energy from that night will stick with us our entire life.” Last year when I read this quote, I had no idea what it meant and maybe it was because I was too nervous when presenting my speech. However, this year, I knew exactly what Raiya meant. I will never forget the roar of cheering and clapping coming from the audience after everyone’s speeches. It was as if each clap had lifted a weight off of my shoulders. Another unforgettable moment would be during the learning centre presentations. I came across an Asian-Canadian student whose dream was to become a lawyer in America. He told me that a couple years back, he had the thought of giving up because he was scared of the fact that his peers wouldn’t accept him for not being white. I told him that I had a really similar thought because sometimes I felt that the world was really biased towards white people. After about a 30 minute talk, he told me not to get swayed by other’s opinions and beliefs. Rather, I should only be striving to reach my goal regardless of the amount of competition. 


 

Overall, my project ended really successfully thanks to, 

The teachers – Ms. Mulder, Mr. Salisbury, and Mr. Morris for making this night possible.

My parents – for helping me get supplies and giving me a hand when I needed it 

The tens – for being such great supporters from beginning to end

The nines – for giving everyone encouragement and energy 


 

Compared to the amount of preparation, one night is not enough to deliver everything. Although eminent is officially over, who knows, maybe I’ll do a non-official eminent project sometime in the future. 

Eminent – Annotated Bibliography

During the process of researching my eminent person, Charlotte E. Ray, I came to the realization that there wasn’t a lot of information about her. I searched numerous libraries such as, the Vancouver Public Library, Coquitlam Library City Centre Branch, Coquitlam Public Library, and the Port Moody Public Library; however, I was out of luck. I couldn’t find a single book based on Charlotte E. Ray. The closest book I found was a book called Race, Law, and American Society: 1607-Present by Gloria J. Browne-Marshall; but, it didn’t bring up any new information about Charlotte E. Ray. Regardless, the book was extremely useful in terms of comparing and contrasting other lawyers of colour.
Articles
 
“Charlotte E. Ray.” Biography.com, A&E Networks Television, 2 Apr. 2014,
This article was exceptionally convenient because it gave a timeline of Charlotte E. Ray’s life in chronological order. It starts off with a brief introduction of who Charlotte E. Ray is, and continues on by explaining her early years, her life as a legal pioneer, as well as her later life. Overall, the article was well organized, easy to understand, and it also provided me with a sufficient amount of information to tell the life story of Ray.
“Charlotte E. Ray.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 24 Oct. 2017,
Due to the fact I wasn’t able to obtain further information on Charlotte E. Ray, I had to use the “least trusted” website, Wikipedia, as my last alternative. Surprisingly, Wikipedia had new information about my eminent person other websites, books, or videos did not have. However, according to rumours, anyone is eligible to edit, add, or remove information. To make sure I wasn’t spreading false rumours about Ray, I had to check every single citation to make sure the information wasn’t flawed. Thankfully, it wasn’t. 
McHugh, Catherine. “Who Was Charlotte E. Ray?” Biography.com, A&E Networks Television, 7 Mar. 2016, 
This article mainly focuses on Charlotte E. Ray’s significance and the impact of her achievement. Starting with her ambitious goals to her groundbreaking achievements, the article explains why she had broke the barriers of racism and opened the doors for females of colour who wish to excel in the same field. Unlike other websites, biography.com gave thorough explanations as to why Ray was so eminent. Because of this, I was able to analyze the key events that occurred during her time as a lawyer. 
“Ray, Charlotte E.” Contemporary Black Biography, Encyclopedia.com, 2005,
Encyclopedia mainly focused on Charlotte E. Ray’s motivation and the process as to how she continued to fight for what she believed in. This article was exceptionally beneficial for writing my speech since I had no idea how to start. Near the end of the article, it states that Ray was a member of the National Association of Coloured Women. After reading the five words, a bell rang in my head to write my speech as if she was giving a lecture at one of the NACW conferences.
 
“Ray, Charlotte E. (1850-1911).” The Black Past: Remembered and Reclaimed, NDCHost – California, 2017,
Like other websites, blackpast.org also talked about Charlotte E. Ray’s life and her buildup to becoming the first female African-American lawyer. Compared to other websites, this article gave detailed explanations of her parents’ occupation, birth place, name, etc. Knowing her parents’ occupation was immensely beneficial when answering questions during the learning centre presentation. 
 
The Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica. “Charlotte E. Ray.” Encyclopædia Britannica, Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 28 Apr.
Britannica was the first article I used to gain basic knowledge on my eminent person.From her studies to the climax of discrimination and hatred she received as a female African-American lawyer, Britannica was what inspired me to choose Charlotte E. Ray as my eminent person. Though the article is short in length, it covers the most important events that occurred during her life as a lawyer. From her studies to the climax of discrimination and hatred she received as a female African-American lawyer, Britannica was what inspired me to choose Charlotte E. Ray as my eminent person. 
Books 
Browne-Marshall, Gloria J. Race, Law, and American Society: 1607-Present. Routledge,
        2013.
 
Race, Law, and American Society by Gloria J. Browne-Marshall was the first resource I used for my project and I must say, it was extremely convenient comparing and contrasting female lawyers of colour to my eminent person. From property of ownership to education to crime and criminal justice to civil rights, the book touches upon many aspects that has affected a lawyer of colour as well as the differences from approximately 400 years ago to now. Furthermore, the author mainly focuses on the affirmed or rejected claims of racial injustice in the US Supreme Court. Due to the fact my eminent person, Charlotte E. Ray, was the first woman to argue cases at the US Supreme Court, this book gave me a lot of useful information about women in the Supreme Court which other websites did not have. 

Eminent – Document of Learning

Night of the Notables Intentions

Last year, I realized a lot of people chose well-known notables such as Elon Musk, Hilary Clinton, as well as Marilyn Monroe as their eminent person. Unlike them, I decided to shed some light on those who made great achievements but did not receive enough recognition. As for my eminent person this year, I decided to do Charlotte E. Ray, America’s first African-American female lawyer. As a person wishing to become a lawyer, I wanted to use eminent as an opportunity to gain basic knowledge in relation to law during the research process. 

Due to the fact not a lot of people were aware of who Charlotte E. Ray was, I wanted the audience to know three key facts after listening to my speech or visiting my learning centre. First, what kind of a person Charlotte E. Ray was. In terms of explaining who she was, I gave a brief description of her achievements during my speech. I also gave a thorough explanation of her struggles as a minority, how she dealt with the issues, and the outcome of her actions during my learning centre presentation.

Image courtesy to Wikipedia

Second, the difference between African-American lawyers in the 1870s compared to the early 1900s. Explaining the difference between African-American lawyers back in the 1870s compared to the early 1900s was not an easy task. At first I wanted to show the audience the difference between African-American lawyers in the 1870s as to lawyers in 2017, but I realized that Charlotte E. Ray had past away in 1911. Therefore, there is no way she will know how the world is like in 2017. In order to get my point across to the best of my ability, I explained the life of a female lawyer of colour in the 1800s as part of my speech, and the life of a lawyer of colour in the 1900s during my learning centre presentation. For those who missed my speech or weren’t too familiar with lawyers, I explained both of these stories at my learning centre and asked them about their opinions on racism and lawyers today.

Finally, I wanted people to know why Charlotte E. Ray’s actions have made such a big impact in society today. Back when racism was at its “peak,” a woman of colour had taken big steps to pave a path for other women of colour. A lot of visitors at my learning centre were curious as to why this step she took made her eminent. They asked questions like, ‘was becoming a lawyer an involuntary act or did she know she was going to make a change in the world?’ I gave a similar answer to almost everyone. I told them, Charlotte E. Ray didn’t face much discrimination until she became a lawyer due to the fact she grew up in a fairly privileged family. Of course, she was still considered a minority but compared to other Americans of colour, her family was more on the privileged side. It was when she became a lawyer she decided to take further actions to let her voice be heard. This is one of the reasons as to why she decided to join the National Association of Coloured Women.

Annotated Biblography

I have plenty of links which I used for Eminent research, but it’s probably best to limit myself. That being said, this is my annotated biblography! Feel free to peruse these resources if you ever find yourself wondering about art history or just curious about Monet.

King, R. (2017, November 18) phone interview

I interviewed the author of Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet’s Water Lilies and learned a lot about Monet’s life and relationships. I would definitely recommend picking up a copy of Mr. King’s book as he provided me with very extensive information on my eminent.

http://www.musee-orangerie.fr/en/article/history-water-lilies-cycle

Probably my main resource/inspiration for my speech. The panels he offered to the State are housed in this museum and they inspired the circular layout in other museums as well. This offers good background information on Monet’s feelings towards his Lilies.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claude_Monet

I took a cursory glance at Monet’s Wikipedia page as is customary at the beginning of every project. Not the best resource to be used, but definitely one that’s worth looking at at the start of any project if you want good background information.

file:///C:/Users/anime/Downloads/Monet%20Final%20LOW%20+%20Didactics%20(2).pdf

I also used the information from the Vancouver Art Gallery’s exhibit to get an overview of Monet’s life and some more in-depth information on certain works and periods of his long and illustrious life. The chronology and Giverny section were particularly helpful to me.

https://www.moma.org/collection/works/80220

I also took a look at what the MoMA had to say about Monet’s water lilies seeing as that was the first place where I had seen them in person. It provides rather minimal information but the installation views are really cool to look at.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_Lilies_(Monet_series)

I referenced this page as well to learn more about all the Water Lily panels and a few of their names. Being his most famous series there was actually quite a bit of information.

http://fondation-monet.com/en/claude-monet-2/

The Monet foundation provides a lot of information on his home in Giverny and his gardens and studio. They work hard year-round to maintain his lovely gardens and estate and shed some light on what his life was like.

Impressionism

Reading up on Impressionism also proves to be helpful, as it shows what were the ideals of that time period. This site is rather brief, but it definitely captures the essence of the period.

https://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/imml/hd_imml.htm

The Metropolitan Museum of Art also houses many works of Monet and other Impressionists, and provides an excellent description for what Impressionism is and was like at the time.

https://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/cmon/hd_cmon.htm

This provides an excellent overview of many important points of Monet’s life, from the rejections of his work by the Salon to his life in Giverny and the Water Lily ponds. It’s a quick read but an important one.

Eminent – Storytelling Arc

Charlotte E. Ray – Storytelling Arc

Exposition: Setting the scene by introducing who I am (my name), the date, as well as telling the audience that I had just applied for the to practice in the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia.

Conflict Introduced: Howard University has an articulated policy of acceptance of blacks and of women.

Rising Action 1: I became a teacher at Howard University’s Prep School in the Normal and Preparatory Department in order to take a step closer in achieving my goal.

Rising Action 2: I came to the realization that I wanted to register in the Law Department while teaching at Howard; however, the university is very well known for being especially critical regarding blacks and women. 

Rising Action 3: In order to disguise my race as well as gender, I applied for the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia under the name of C.E. Ray, so that my admission wouldn’t be constantly revoked.

Climax: March 2, 1872: I get admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia. As a corporate lawyer, I don’t appear much in courts; however, in a case of Gadley v Gadley, I happened to be the first female to argue in the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia. 

Falling Action 1: People call me “the women General O.O. Howard,” the founder and first president of Howard University. They say I give clear incisive analysis of one of the most delicate legal questions– not copied from the books but from my own brain. 

Falling Action 2: I was said to be, “eloquent, authoritative, and one of the best lawyers on corporations in the country.” People admired me regardless of my gender or race.

Resolution: I was only able to practice law for a few years; however, becoming the first female African-American lawyer proves how powerful actions can be. I showed others that African-Americans have the capability to excel in this field. Regardless of racism being at its “peak,” I demonstrated that anything is achievable. 

Monet’s intro

Claude Monet is an ingenious painter who revolutionized the world of art through Impressionism. Though mocked for his paintings being mere “impressions,” these works of art truly “impressed” me. His father, a grocer, disapproved of his career into art and didn’t support him painting. I believe this is an almost universal problem for artists everywhere—it’s hard to make a living selling paintings.

I was first drawn to Monet when I saw his paintings in the Museum of Modern Art in New York back in March. The vibrant colours of the landscapes and the people within them seemed so cheerful and lighthearted, and the picture he painted of France was that of a beautiful, serene country. Just looking at his art made me think that I wanted to visit France’s countryside.

During the month of August, when many grade 10s were starting to think of Eminent and who to choose, the first person who popped into my mind was Monet. He is undoubtedly eminent; he was a founder of a major art movement. And when I have my mind set on something, I dislike changing it. Despite gender and race barriers, I think that I can relate to many of Monet’s other qualities, such as his fascination with the natural world and colour and his determination to keep painting despite oppression.

The main barrier separating Monet and I is gender. However, I think that other similarities can account for this point. Our mutual interest in art and strong passion for the natural world are what really matters. Our library field trip further enforced this decision; as I flipped through books on Monet I found that he was even more eminent than I originally thought 2 months ago. I realized that common interests can transcend gender.

The main obstacle in my path is not only the harsh competition in the world of art, but also my parents’ reluctance in me pursuing such a career. Even though I can remember drawing and painting as early as the age of 4, not once have my parents voiced their approval at my dream. I don’t think I’ll follow this career path, seeing as there is a certain amount of talent, and possibly even luck, necessary. The real world isn’t so forgiving, either. Those without talent will be ultimately weeded out, and I can’t profess to having great prowess for art, just a strong passion for it.

I want to learn more about Claude Monet’s art and his passion for it, thereby furthering my own knowledge in art. As well, I’m hoping to discover more about the way that I view and create art. This is also one of my IEP goals: to further my passion in art. I can tell that Eminent this year will be bittersweet as it is the tens’ last year, but it will definitely be a lot of fun. It’s also really exciting to enter this project from a new point of view and being able to watch I’m looking forward to seeing everyone else’s Eminent projects and seeing how I’ll grow from this experience.

 

An Introduction to Charlotte E. Ray

Extending from the 17th century to the 1960s, legally or socially sanctioned privileges were given to White Americans but denied to Native Americans, African Americans, Asian Americans, and Hispanic and Latino Americans. Slavery, Segregation, the American Indian Wars, immigration and naturalization law and internment camps were major racially and ethically structured institutions. Despite racism being at its peak, Charlotte E. Ray became the first female African-American lawyer in the United States in 1872. Her ability to demonstrate such skills proved that African-Americans could excel in the same field and opened the doors for future Asian, African, Hispanic and Latino Americans.  

Before the library field trip, I debating whether to do Charlotte E. Ray or Wan J. Kim, the first Korean-American immigrant to serve as Assistant Attorney General. However, after discovering numerous books about Charlotte E. Ray and her successes, I decided to select her as my eminent person. 

 

Similarities and differences:

Lauryn Lee Charlotte E. Ray
Female Female
Korean-Canadian African-American
Passionate about law Passionate about law
Wants to enter University of Toronto Faculty of Law Graduated from Howard University School of Law
Has only one sibling Had six siblings
Hopes to become an Asian-Canadian lawyer First African-American lawyer
Didn’t have to deal with discrimination Dealt with discrimination
Wants to practice law for a long period of time Practiced law for only a few years
Wishes to excel in corporate law Excelled in corporate law

Wanting to become a lawyer myself, I understand how tough it is to enter the law industry since racism and sexism still exists. However, Charlotte E. Ray, a women who dealt with even worse discrimination than anyone up to date, successfully became a lawyer and broke the barriers regarding race and gender. In order to apply for Howard University School of Law, Charlotte used her initials, C.E. Ray, instead of using her full name, Charlotte E. Ray. Some people assume the reason behind this was to disguise her gender as the university did not accept women into the program, but her real intentions still remain unknown. Nonetheless, she gained admittance to the program. Although discrimination isn’t as bad as it was back then, women of colour are still underrepresented at law firms. The percentage of women associates at law firms is 45.2% however, in terms of women and colour, this number drops to 13.1%. People can underestimate those of colour but they can’t underestimate true potential and skill. In order to overcome the barriers of race and gender, the only possible path is excel in a specific type of law, just like Charlotte E. Ray. 

Image courtesy to Black Then

Preparing to apply for law school is not something everyone does everyday. By researching more about Charlotte E. Ray, I  want to learn more about how she faced and overcame the barriers of discrimination. Moreover, I hope this project will help me be even more passionate about becoming a lawyer.

One of my IEP goals is to enhance my public speaking skills even further. Presenting a speech in front of 20-30 people at Night of the Notables will really have a great impact to improve my speaking skills. In the long-term, there may be a day when I will be defending the accused in front of perhaps 30-40 people. When the day comes, my public speaking skills would be better than ever.

Interview

For me one of the most valuable learning experiences for eminent is the interview. I always really enjoy getting to talk to other people who know more than I do and gain different ideas, thoughts, and perspectives. For my interview, I interviewed two people, Jessica Seemann (grade 12 talons alumni) and Crystal Wills (my ballet teacher and professional dancer) to gain insight on Misty Copeland.

First I interviewed Jessica Seemann. Since she did Misty Copeland for her eminent person a few years ago, i figured that interviewing her was a good place to start and that it could help me to gather information not only on my eminent person but also preforming a speech onstage, what grade ten eminent was like, and what to expect. I started out with a few of the questions I prepped, so I’ll list those below, but a lot of what we talked about branched out from there. These are the questions I stared out with.

1.Was there anything particularly surprising or interesting you learned throughout your eminent person study?

2. How much of an impact did she have on you before, after, or during the project?

3.Do you think that her story being shown out to the public will influence the typical ideas (the “Balanchine body”) that has been built up by years of tradition?

4. How was staying in character all night?

5. If you could describe your eminent experience in one word what would it be?

6.Was there any point in your project that you particularly struggled with?

7. How much do you think having the typical “Balanchine body” affects dancer currently?

Anyways, my interview started at lunch and we quickly sat down so we could talk. The main point of this interview for me was to gain knowledge about Misty Copeland from someone who was in a similar situation as I was. Along with asking many, many, questions I also told her about my speech and which direction I was thinking of taking it. The advice she gave me really helped to focus in and concentrate on the specific point/ part of her eminence that I wanted to portray, in those two minutes. Along with that, we also talked about learning centres. At this point I had a blurry idea of what I wanted so I shared my plan with her and asked her about how her learning centre went. It was a pretty long conversation so I’ll spare you all the details, but from I think that this interview was very helpful for many reasons. For one, it gave me an idea of what to expect, and what the night was going to look like. Secondly it helped define the direction of my speech and learning centre. Third, it gave me a slightly different perspective on Misty Copeland’s eminence. And Lastly, it was fun to talk to someone who had been through this amazing process, who did the same person, And who is passionate for dance.

My second “Interview” was with a old dance teacher, Crystal Wills. I have danced for thirteen years at Caulfield School of Dance and Ms. Crystal has been my ballet teacher for the majority of them. Since I could not contact Misty Copeland, I decided to interview the next best thing, someone who had been in the professional dance world before. Since I don’t see her often, I messaged her and asked if she would be avaliable for me to ask her some questions. She said yes, so I messaged her my list of questions.

Here are my questions

1. How have your experiences dancing in a company shaped you as a dancer and a person?

2. How important do you think body type/shape is when it comes to dancing professionally and why?

3. Are there any other less obvious factors that come into play when auditioning for a company?

4. What would you say is the most important thing for a dancer to have?

5. Do you think that right now companies are looking for dancers that all fit in or some that stand out (not looking the same, or something that makes them stand out from the rest)?

I aimed more about her personal experience being in the professional dance industry, and her opinions. Since she is very busy, she has not had a chance to reply. Therefore I will either have to update this post, or write an new update post when she does reply.

Anyway, throughout my interviewing process I found it to be extremely helpful so far as it usually opens up my perspective and allows me to gain knowledge on different perspectives easily. Unlike last year, I definitely know a lot more about my persons field of expertise this year. In this case, since I knew a lot about dance world in general I aimed to get a rounded perspectives and opinions on individual experiences during the project, and in the professional dance world. Hopefully I will get a reply soon so I can add to this post!!!!