In-depth Update

I left off on my last post by saying that I was going to contact Jacob Gebrewold. He responded last Tuesday and we chatted for about an hour that night on the phone. We talked about my project and what I am looking to achieve. Then he asked me “why”, he wanted to know the route cause for me doing what I am doing. He said “I want you to start with “why” not “how” or “what” (paraphrased). That I need to have a ‘be all end all’ in mind when as I go through life. Instead of wanting to go into law, business, or economics; he asked me to consider why I wanted to go into a profession. Essentially he asked me what my goal in life was in our first phone conversation.

As the conversation went on he said that, he didn’t think he had the time to mentor me but would still be able to help me out with the project and even help me find a mentor. As he continued to help me find my “why”, he directed me towards a ted talk called ‘Start with why’ by Simon Sinek and his book by the same title.

Over the next week I watched the ted talk and looked into the book, though I have not yet purchased it. I talked to him again last Saturday and seeing that I had done what he asked he decided that it was worth his time to mentor me for this project. He has assigned me numerous books to read and we have agreed to meet every Saturday. I am really excited to work with Jacob over these next six months!

Thus far in my project I have not had to disagree or differ with anything that Jacob has said. Though we have only talked twice everything seems to make sense to me. But it took some thought to understand; many people in the past have tried to get me to read leadership books, or think about where I want to go with my life. But I have never really taken them seriously, I would just kind of shrug it off and lose interest. But so far in the in-depth project has been different. I assume that it is because of his passion on the subject. Actually I remember him saying something about this he said: “The only information that you can guarantee as practical is something that someone has applied that caused a specific result. It also cannot be specific to them”. I think this applies to this situation, Jacob has personally applied the knowledge in the leadership books.

There are going to be times when I do disagree with something Jacob sais over the next 5 months and I think it is important that I know how to appropriately differ in any situation. I think it is important for me to be able to word any disagreement in a positive and constructive way. I need to think about how I can disagree while keeping an open conversation and an open mind. I would say something along the lines of “I am curious to know your reasoning behind that”. I think this is good because it gets the other person to help me understand what they mean without shooting down their idea.

So far my in-depth is going really well. I have arranged to meet with Jacob this Sunday to talk about some strategies of building my connections to business personnel. I feel that we have had very similar opinions over our last two conversations and the things that he has taught me I have agreed with. But there will inevitably be times when I do not agree with something that he sais and will have to find a way to express that without shooting down any ideas. I think that is a very important skill to have in any given situation. Not just for my in-depth.

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The time I’ve had with In-depth so far has been great. I recently found a mentor to help me in the process of all of this. So far, I haven’t encountered any major issues, but more of the minor issues. There’s nothing I can really do about it, but just wait and hope for the best.

One of the issues I’m facing right now is pulling my muscles. I didn’t really expect this to happen because I follow the steps of warming up, I do a little bit of cardio such as jumping jacks or running on the spot to prepare myself, but it still happens. Also, even though I take the time to warm up, and not rush I still encounter the same problem every once in a while. I don’t exactly know what is going on, but I hope to find out soon.

Trying to find the inspiration to be motivated it also a small challenge I’m facing. Some days I’ll want to stretch, but other days I won’t. Sometimes, I can’t seem to find something to inspire me to keep going, but I’m getting there slowly.

As for my mentor so far, I have finally found one! She’s an alumni and her name is Irina. She’s been a gymnasts for quite some time now, not exactly sure how many years, but hopefully I’ll figure it out. Sadly, I haven’t got the chance to properly talk with her, but I got a couple tips from her. She said to just stretch properly and be warmed up before I really try anything. Since I haven’t really met with her, I couldn’t exactly incorporate the first three aspects of How to Have a Beautiful Mind. I’m really hoping that I’ll get a chance to meet with her sometime next week and I’ll write about it then!

To conclude this post, my overall progress so far with trying to get just the splits have been going pretty well, except for the fact that I pulled a muscle. Since I already have my right splits, I’m only working on trying to be able to place a couple books underneath my foot to get it higher.

Me doing the right splits with my awkward face.
Me doing the right splits with my awkward face.

As for my left splits, I’m slowly getting there, but it’s obviously a lot more painful since I haven’t fully achieved it yet.

My very bad attempt at the left splits.
My very bad attempt at the left splits.

Lastly, my straddle (middle splits) is probably the hardest to achieve. As  of  right now, I’m trying to just get my legs as far apart as I can, but it’s a  little  hard because my hips always lock which makes it difficult. That’s  pretty  much my progress so far, and next time, I’m hoping I’ll be a lot  farther and  I’ll be able to talk about my mentor a bit more!

 

 

In-Depth Week Two- ichi, ichi, ichi…

Right. In-Depth week two. Just to update a bit I have found a mentor, Sensei Hamanaka Toshihiro (7th Dan),at Tozenji temple, where I will be studying. I have had two two hour lessons, last Sunday and today and I am already learning a lot. I have been taught much of the etiquette that must be learned when studying kendo. For the vast majority of the two practices, I have been working on my footwork. Sensei has one of the senior students help me get my technique right (I still have a long way to go) It’s common knowledge that practice makes perfect, and that is no different when it comes to kendo. Footwork is odd as you don’t walk per se, but rather you “glide.” The trick is to push off with the foot opposite to the direction you are moving, and bring it back to position relative to your “front’ foot, counting “ichi” everytime you take a step. Easier said than done I guess. I managed to cut my foot open after about an hour and a half of practice earlier (I didn’t manage the weight evenly enough) but I’ve almost sort of kinda got it down now. Within the next few weeks, I will continue to work on my movement, as well as basic handling of shenai. (bamboo sword) I will work hard and try to progress as smoothly as possible.

How to disagree, how to agree, how to differ

When practicing at the dojo, I do not disagree at all. Well this may be important with others, it is especially important for me. I have virtually no experience, and my senpai’s (seniors) have years of training under their belt. When it comes to something like tradition or technique, they know it all, and I do not. Disagreeing would be extremely disrespectful and arrogant, and would suggest that maybe I am not suited to kendo, an art that requires utmost respect, honor, and discipline,Agreeing is much more encouraged than disagreeing. Because of the learning style, I simply bow, thank them for the advice, and try to correct the mistake to the best of my ability. This allows me to learn much more efficiently, and of course shows the respect I have for those above me (which at the moment is everyone in the dojo)Differing is similar to disagreeing in a sense, but it just doesn’t come up. What I am being taught at the moment doesn’t involve values or opinions, just technique and tradition. This is rather convenient in my opinion. It allows me to focus on my training and not let opinions or values get in the way.

So after two practices, I can see more than ever how difficult learning everything about kendo will be, and there is no way I can even come close in five months; however, I will do my best to work hard and listen to everything my senpai’s tell me as to not miss anything important. The only thing now is to stay motivated and keep at it. Until next time, sayonara!

In-Depth Post #2, the first hurdle

In-Depth truly started off with a bang! I’ve already learned so much pottery… and it’s only been about 2 weeks?

In my first official session with my mentor, we got started right away. Within five minutes we were ready to begin and he gave me a demonstration on how to make the foundation for any kind of pottery you will make. After one demonstration, it was my turn to try. I must admit that my first attempt was very unappealing and messy, but with the help of my mentor and my persistence it slowly but surely improved. My mentor had me practice raising and lowering the clay to make sure that I could make it with ease and also so that I could learn to keep the clay steady. If I couldn’t succeed this step, it would only make my life more difficult when trying make more complex works of pottery. Although my first session wasn’t very eventful or creative, it was still definitely valuable for I was able to learn the basics of manipulating the clay. After this first session, I am now able to keep the clay steady and strong, so that in the next session we could get started with some bowls.

By the time I went for the second time, I “graduated” from making the foundation and I started making some actual bowls! Our session began with a short review of what I learned last week and then once again, my mentor gave me a single demonstration on how to make a bowl. One thing I really like about his demonstrations is that because he only shows me once, it keeps me on my toes and also it allows me to find my own path. It makes complete sense to teach in this manner in this case, because there are only a few essential rules that I must abide by with the rest being up to me. Throughout this session I had many bowls collapse on me, and more turned out to be completely different from what I imagined, but it was still incredibly exciting and fun to be able to manipulate the clay to actually make a tangible object! As they say, practice makes perfect, so it looks like I will be making bowls for another week or two, to get it just right!

Now to reflect upon Edward de Bono’s How to have a Beautiful mind in correlation to my In-Depth.

It is going to be quite difficult to reflect on my conversations with my mentor, because first of all I have yet to overcome my communication barrier as mentioned in my first post, but I am making some progress and I’m sure my Korean considerably improve after 5 months. Also, when demonstrating new concepts or techniques, my mentor rarely explains with words and he prefers to show me in person.

Regarding Chapter 1 and 2: how to agree and how to disagree, at this point, I agree with almost everything my mentor says and I rarely disagree, because I don’t have enough knowledge regarding pottery to solidify my own opinions yet. Compared to my mentor who has pursued pottery for almost all his life, studied it university, and taught a great number of students, I find it hard to disagree when I see his methods are working for me and for the other students in my vicinity. Also when my mentor teaches, as I stated above, he leaves his teachings in an open-ended manner while only highlighting the most essential rules. By doing so, he gives little room for me to disagree because I am given the freedom to try my own ideas on a regular basis. Regarding Chapter 3, how to differ, once again, my mentor and I do not have many differences in opinion at this stage of the project; however, one difference in opinion that I can see arising in the future is a difference in culture. My mentor is a very traditional person who makes only Korean pottery and potentially further along in the project due to some of my Western influences, I may wish to incorporate some western elements into my pottery. I believe that both differences are equally important and I can’t see this hindering my project in any way, for I feel that my mentor would also support this difference. Nonetheless I believe that this difference will not arise until I am able to make fully functioning pottery on my own without a lot of guidance from my mentor so it is not something to worry about at this time.

Overall, it has been a wonderful start to my in-depth and I really look forward to the next time I meet my mentor! Hopefully I will have some new works of pottery to show you all!

 

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In-Depth post #2 (Update)

So far in the In-Depth project, I haven’t done any actual cooking yet. BUT, what I have been doing is watching my mom cook to learn some techniques. Also, this past Sunday (Jan.18) I went to the Vancouver Gluten-Free Expo in the Vancouver Convention center with my sister and my mentor, Joyce. For the measly price of 5$ per person (actual tickets were 12$, we got ours on sale) we got more free samples than you can get from a whole day in Costco. But we didn’t just go there for the free samples thought, we also bought A LOT of stuff (about 120$ between the 3 of us).

Our total haul from the expo!

As we took public transit to the expo. I had a lot of time to talk Joyce as it took us about an hour to get there. It wasn’t as awkward as I thought it would be, mainly because my sister was also there with us. On the way to the expo, we basically just introduced ourselves to familiarize with each other more. I also went into more detail what I am doing for my project and how I will do it.

Once we got the the expo, the topic of conversation went more towards healthy eating/ vegan foods as all the foods we saw were very healthy. We had a minor disagreement over what nutrient/mineral was the most important, but that was half-joking as I wanted protein for obvious reasons (MUSCLES), and Joyce was looking for a more balanced blend of protein, fiber and other nutrients. She was almost as excited for this expo as I was because she is also looking for healthy foods to eat. My sister was mainly shelling out the cash because Joyce and I didn’t have any. (We paid her back later don’t worry) Later on, Joyce and I had an interesting conversation on what type of gluten-free flour mix to buy for my project. I was leaning more towards the cheaper one, as I couldn’t tell a big difference between to two, but she recommended the mix with more nutrients. We discussed this  for a couple of minutes but finally we came to a mutual agreement that the healthier mix was worth the extra money. Reading the section about how to differ really helped me with talking to Joyce, it really made our conversations longer, more interesting, and more informative. I think that me and Joyce click together pretty well and so far we haven’t really outright disagreed on anything, we just have different opinions that we share with each other to gain more knowledge.

Stay tuned for my next update post in 2 weeks where there will be pictures of my cooking! (I’m planning on making brownies Sunday with some baking mix I got at the expo)

And before I sign off, I would like to leave you with and image of a GLUTEN-FREE FERRARI seen at the Gluten-free expo

 

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In-Depth Post #2

In the case of In-Depth, I always have to remind myself “quality over quantity.” My progress is slow but steady. However, I know that in the end, speeding up my painting can potentially ruin my hard work. Over the past two weeks, I’ve already met up with my mentor Grace twice, for a total of 4 hours. I always have to focus extremely hard during my two hour sessions each week because I don’t have any materials at home to paint. The paint I’m using at Grace’s house is very expensive acrylic paint, not to mention that her brushes are all very fine for detailed work. On my first week, I spent nearly 10 minutes just trying to pick out something to paint. I always tend to be very delusional when picking images, as I find it to be what can “make” or “break” a painting. Most of that two hour session that first week consisted of me painting the background a deep orange rustic colour. I find that painting the background was the hardest process for me since I have trouble smoothing out the paint perfectly on a flat plain. On my second week, I proceeded to paint my flowers. The flowers are extremely hard as there are certain details that may seem small, but actually change how the flower looks if not painted properly. A simple flower that looks only yellow with a hint of green turned out to be painted with over 20 shades of hues. I would use colours such as purple to create the shadows in the flower, or even blue to show a fold in the flower. During that session, I painted two flowers and I hope to paint two more by the end of next week. Grace has been very helpful letting me know which areas of a flower need shadows, what colours to incorporate, and certain techniques with brush strokes. I also asked Grace how long it may take to finish one painting. She said that it could take up to a month for each, sometimes longer if I decide to paint on a large canvas. This means I will probably have to buy some paint in the upcoming months in order to paint at home. I’m very set on meeting my goal of 5-6 paintings by the end of May, and therefore putting some extra money into this shouldn’t be a huge problem.

How to agree:

Agreeing with my mentor is not hard at all considering I value her opinion a lot. I understand that she’s the one with more art experience than me, therefore, I will make sure to take in her advice over what I think is right. There are times when I’m painting and I don’t know what colours are used to produce a certain look. Grace will always come in and give me suggestions, such as adding blue and purple to the shadows of my flower. Although it sounded outrageous the first time she mentioned using those colours, I would try it before complaining. It just so happened, those colours were perfect in blending the yellow and the dark yellow shadows.

How to disagree:

Grace and I are very similar, therefore we don’t disagree much. The only thing we do disagree about is my obsession with perfecting every little thing on my painting. I understand that it may be impossible to fully cover each white spot on the canvas, but that is also one of my pet peeves. I try as hard as I can to perfect everything and sometimes that actually confuses me during my process. I pay so much attention to something small, and forget to focus on the main focal points in the painting. Grace always tells me that I should just focus on finishing the painting and then we can go back and “edit” the painting later.

How to differ:

Grace and I get along very well. However, we do have different styles of painting. I like my paintings to be “perfect” in a sense. On the other hand, Grace loves being able to see the brush strokes because she finds that very artistic. She understands that I may not like the same style as her, and teaches me how I prefer to paint. This comes down to her personal preferences and mine. In the future, I may try her technique, but for now we will compromise and do a bit of both.

Thank you for reading and here is my progress on my painting:

 

Beginning of week two progress
Beginning of week two progress
End of week two progress
End of week two progress
End of week two progress
End of week two progress

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In-depth post #2

It turns out that I have a lot to learn. After my crushing defeat at the Hullabaloo placement, I knew I needed to work on my rap flow. I’m thinking of creating a rap with continuous end rhyme (rhyme at the end) and alternating internal rhyme (rhyme in the middle). The rhyme scheme would look somewhat like this: A B, A B, C B, C B, D B, D B, … The continuing B rhyme would present the greatest challenge. However, I’m not sure if I can still create alternate rhythms if I stick to a certain pattern. I’m going to ask my mentor when to deviate a pattern to keep the rap energetic. He’s a rap enthusiast I knew from Kway, and he brings good material for me to analyze. He is by far more knowledgeable than me and can recognize different rhymes and rhyme schemes easily. My homework is to have one minute of rap performed as fast as possible, while maintaining diction and breath control. Another thing I need to work on is to deviate from my “four simple rhymes per two lines” pattern, and add more meaning and multisyllabic rhyme into my rap. He understands the difference between high quality rap and low quality rap very well, so I know his advice is solid. The last thing that needs to be fixed is my nervousness. Once I get on stage, I can’t stop. I have to be in control when I begin rapping. This way, I’ll be able to realize the problems in my flow and fix them until the rhythm sounds right.

 

 

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How to agree, disagree, and differ.

Agreeing wasn’t that much of a problem. We both love to rap, and we easily worked out a meeting every week. Also, he listens to more rap than I do and his judgement is solid. Agreeing is easy for me. I’m pretty lazy and not willing to put up a fight, especially if the person is more knowledgeable than me. Maybe that will change once I get better at speech and rap.

Disagreeing was not a large factor. Yes, the lazy side of me was a bit sad that I was assigned homework. After all, I still had five more months. However, I knew that it would be for the greater good of the project and it would stop me from procrastinating.

Differing was also limited. For now, I talk less and listen more. We like similar styles of rap so there wasn’t much to differ. I also think that until my knowledge has grown, I would rather listen than waste time trying something different. If I don’t understand what he’s doing or why he’s doing something, I would ask him for clarification;  otherwise, I don’t really question his judgement. Once my confidence in this area grows, I might see things differently from him.

In-Depth Post #2 (Weeks 2 and 3)- 2015

In the past 2 weeks, I have met with my mentor, Grace, twice. Though we haven’t talked a lot about portrait sketching techniques and what not, we immediately began drawing. Instead of having sessions talking, we both agreed it would be much more efficient to draw and talk, that way she can teach and show me at the same time.

One of the things I have picked up on when shading faces is to always follow the surface of the area you are shading. As an example, when shading the lips, you would use vertical and curved lines to follow the rounded edges. Using horizontal lines are not recommended as the lips round outwards and the horizontal lines would not be following the surface.

I have come to the conclusion that I am an even slower sketcher than I thought possible. Though I meet with my mentor for around 4-5 hours every two weeks and sketch for almost all of that time, I still happen to be making very slow progress. The main thing I tell myself when I’m feeling unmotivated by my progress is “quality over quantity.” I constantly remind myself that it is better to have three great sketches rather than six poor ones.

Now, for the beautiful minds component:

How to agree:

For the most part, I tend to agree with most of what my mentor says. Obviously, with the amount of experience she’s had, she knows a lot more about portrait sketching than I do. Though I do agree with my mentor for the most part, I always make sure I genuinely agree with her rather than automatically agreeing with her as automatically agreeing with her will teach me nothing. If it does occur that I do not agree with something she says, I try to make a real effort to see where she is coming from and what personal experiences caused her to have that opinion. If all else fails, I will ask a fishing question to get more insight on the topic.

How to disagree:

As mentioned above, I rarely disagree with my mentor as she is much more informed in the subject of portrait drawing than I am. As stated in How to Have a Beautiful Mind by Edward de Bond, disagreeing is not to “show how clever you are or to boost your ego,” but instead is used when you genuinely cannot agree with the topic or opinion at hand. The main thing I have trouble with is distinguishing whether or not I disagree or simply have a different opinion. “Disagreement implies a regard for the truth” (de Bond). Before I disagree, I have a mental debate whether or not I know the information is wrong and is not the truth or that I simply have a different opinion.

How to differ:

Though my mentor and I don’t have many different opinions, when we do, I use the opportunity to learn more by asking fishing questions. In the end, it seems as though most of our differences come from personal experiences or personal values. The main difference we have is the rough look of pencil strokes on the final product. I realized that getting over my need to perfect every single detail will be hard. My mentor is trying to teach me to appreciate the pencil strokes instead of hiding them up by blending them in with the rest of the drawing. Here, we differ in opinions. I do not like the look of the pencil strokes while she does. In the end, we always come to a compromise of keeping a few and blending a few.

Since two weeks ago, I have worked even more on my first portrait. Through this process, I’ve learnt to start sketching the finer details (eyes) before working my way to the medium details (face) and finally the large details (hair). Here is my progress so far:

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Ariana Grande portrait- week 3
Ariana Grande portrait- week 3

 

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In-Depth week 2- More mentors!

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Loki Cosplay Design

 

So I didn’t mention this in my previous post, since I wasn’t sure if it was going to work out, but I’ve actually been looking into another mentor- James’ sister Lauren. She’s been sewing for about half her life, but it was three years ago that she started regularly making cosplays for herself and others. You can check out some of her creations/designs here! She confirmed that she was willing to be my mentor last week, and we held our first meeting with everyone last Sunday. It was kind of amazing- She brought a compendium she wrote on the basics of cosplay for Fiona and I- it’s six pages long!

We spent the rest of the meeting going over the design ideas we had, and how we could (or could not) bring them into existence, and near the end we even had some extra time to make the pattern for my bracer (from Loki cosplay). The best way to make armour patterns is by wrapping whatever area you want the armour to cover in plastic wrap, then covering that with a opaque tape, and then drawing the shape you want directly on that tape. After you finish that just cut the tape of and cut the shape out. Voila! Instant pattern. (I’ll include a picture soon, but I accidentally left the pattern at school…)

 

How to agree, disagree, and differ:

When meeting with my mentors, I rarely disagree with them- after all, I don’t know much about cosplay yet, so it’s hard to have an opinion about where to buy fabric or whatnot. Instead, I tend to agree with my mentors- they are the experts, so I trust their judgment. We may differ sometimes (with the limited knowledge I have) , but its usually just because of personal preferences, or experiences. On the other hand, my mentors do a lot more disagreeing and differing amongst themselves. Since they all have a personalized knowledge of cosplay, I sometimes get different suggestions from each one- anything from best armour making technique, to where to buy contacts and wigs. Sometimes my mentors agreed with each other (best armour making technique- EVA foam crafting), and sometime they didn’t (Where to buy contacts- Uniqso vs PinkyParadise), but the disagreements were really helpful to me, because it brought to light a lot of points I may have not considered otherwise.

Also, I’ve recently been to talking to Karolina, who’s doing photography for her in-depth, and I may have coerced her into doing a photo-shoot for the costumes Fiona and I will be making. We’re hoping to hold that sometime in early April- I’m super excited!!!

Seems like I’m trying to involve the entire class in my project, but Vanessa F. has also shown some interest in doing the makeup (as beauty makeup is her in-depth this year) for the photo-shoot. I guess I just can’t help it- I love working with other people; It keep me motivated! Maybe that’s why I have three mentors…

 

 

Tomorrow! You’re Always A Day Away! (#2)

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If you’re into musicals, then you most likely got my reference from Annie. As mentioned in my introductory post, I am studying singing for my 2015 in-depth study and I have chosen to focus on primarily musical theatre music, leaving styles such as pop and R&B out unless there is enough time to study them too. I did not just choose my reference from a random musical, rather the song lyrics written in my title actually had something to do with my progress. Last week, I auditioned for the annual “Gleneagle’s Got Talent” with the song “Tomorrow” from Annie: the musical. Ms. Freeborn, the organizer, explained to me how impressive my audition was, and how much improvement I have made since the Shrek: the musical auditions back in September. This made me feel ever so special, as it tells me that I have been making improvements already, and that my singing voice is not “bad”. It was nice hearing those words from my director. My mentor, Cassidy Stahr, agreed to work on it with me, so a sound cloud of the piece will be available in my next in depth post.

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Since I have chosen to make my in depth performance based, Cassidy and I are working to audition to perform at the annual musical theatre fundraiser, known as the murder mystery. Since both Cassidy and I are in musical theatre, we will be performing with our fellow castmates as the murder mystery is intended to be a promotion for our musical in May (you should definitely come out and watch it!) However, I wanted to audition to perform at it as well, and Cassidy suggested that we do a duet of “Never Never Land” from the musical Peter Pan. In case you did not know, I am playing Peter Pan in Shrek: the musical so I thought that this song choice by Cassidy was well chosen and thoughtful. The plan is that I sing the melody line while Cassidy harmonizes. This will heighten the beauty of the melody and piece. As a result, we will be working on both pieces at a time (“Tomorrow” and “Never Never Land”) hence two sound clouds will most likely be up by the next blog post.

I will now address the concepts of How to Have a Beautiful Mind that were discussed in Ms. Mulder’s blog:

In terms of How to Agree, at times there were issues on appropriate times and places to meet and rehearse. Since Cassidy is heavily involved in the music department at Gleneagle, it can be quite difficult to find free time and space, so I did my very best to understand her situation and make adjustments to our schedule. The hardest part was coming to a consensus as to when we can reschedule our rehearsal(s), nevertheless with some patience we were able to find various solutions to our problem. Besides, I am apart of the TALONS program, and it can get quite busy because of various assignments, tests, adventure trip planning, planning assignments, first aid, etc; therefore, I understand where Cassidy is coming from.

Let us move on to the opposite: How to Disagree. Since Cassidy has a sufficient background knowledge of musical theatre, she sometimes decides which pieces we will study. Since we are not too far into the study, I have not really disagreed with any of Cassidy’s choices, rather I have provided additional insights and different opinions on song choices. De Bono, author of How to Have a Beautiful Mind, states that we should avoid disagreeing with someone to sound clever. This is something I truly agree with as disagreeing should not be about who is smarter, rather what option is more logical and what is best for the situation.

Lastly, I will discuss the chapter of How to Differ. Based on the time I have spent with Cassidy, I have noticed that our opinions in music are somewhat similar. We both believe that music is a beautiful thing, and we both believe that harmony is a powerful tool that is useful to develop in order to significantly make the melody line stronger. In terms of our future opinions, “future” meaning In-Depth Night, we both agreed on a general idea on how my performance will look, however there are some slight differences on the specific details of my performance. For example, Cassidy thinks we should prepare a song together, using harmony and melody to showcase my voice. I, on the other hand, think that a solo performance would make more sense as In-Depth Night is aimed to showcase my development as a singer. It is appropriate to do duets at other performances, such as the murder mystery, but I am not certain if it would work on a night like in-depth. Nonetheless, this date is not for another 4 months so we should focus on singing and we can leave the conversation of in-depth night for another day.

I hope you enjoyed reading about my progress and stay tuned for the next blog post… You might like what you read… or hear!

 

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