Document of Learning

Two blog posts in one day? I know, I’m a force to be reckoned with. The truth is, I don’t even know if I’m supposed to put this here, but really, what can you do?

To be frank, I am not that far from where I started in regards to information on my Eminent person. Five failed interview attempts, obsessive googling, and the watching of over two hundred YouTube videos has yielded me, with… not a lot.

I believe my biggest step was my speech. My original speech was honestly terrible. It was fact after fact, and as I rehearsed it I felt like I was reading one of my middle school speeches, works of writing that I never really felt proud of. So;

Obviously the answer here was to rewrite it entirely, about six hours before I was supposed to rewrite it. Yes, the majority of my speech was written at three am.

But, as I read it over, I liked it, it was something to be proud of. I have always been comfortable in the realm of fiction, inventing worlds and people to thrive or suffer almost independently, and this was as close as I could get.

I took a step to the podium, my eyes dark underneath from lack of sleep, my shirt wrinkled and a little dirty from the wicked fall I had taken on the way to school, I looked around me. My first thought was ‘This podium is a lot bigger than I thought’. So I spread my speech out over the surprisingly large podium, prepared to DO THIS.

And as I opened with that first line, with “I remember being a tree”, with the pitch and the tone just the way I had been planned, I knew I had them. I grinned, maybe even smirked, and kept going.

In my opinion, the whole thing went off perfectly, I mean I got ONE wish and that was from Mr. Albright, not to mention it being more of a star.

Sorry to sound like I’m popping my own collar here, I’m just really proud of the speech.

I don’t even know how many popped collars this guy is rocking but he is that many times cooler than you.

I feel more distant from my person now. I felt like he was jut next door before, but now I’m not so sure. Sonder has weakened in my mind and now I don’t know how applicable it is to my person. I’m a little sad about it, but I’ll keep watching Jimmy’s videos.

Now I guess I’m gonna go panic about my learning center. Cardboard!

Interview Documentation – Kind of

So of the five emails and YouTube messages I sent out, requesting interviews to YouTube musicians, I got…. drum roll please

Nothing.

No response, not even to say no. But all well. So I’m going to try and make an interview post, without… actually… having done an interview.

Damn you Wong! You torture me! (PS Jimmy if you read this I’m not mad hit me up on email).

So here we are, my interview questions:

  1. When and why did you start playing music?
  2. Do you operate on YouTube by choice? Do you think you could go mainstream if you wanted to?
  3. Which of your creative activities do you consider as your ‘primary’ (acting, music, photography etc.)
  4. Which famous musicians do you admire? Why?
  5. Which famous musicians have you learned from?
  6. What are your fondest musical memories?
  7. Describe to me a brief overview of your earlier life in regards to your passions/outlets, such as education or important experiences (acting, filmmaking, music etc.)
  8. Do you still get nervous before performing or uploading a song?
  9. Are there any filmmakers or actors you look up to?
  10. How would you best describe yourself in one, brief sentence?

So there it is. I would give you an idea of what I think Mr. Wong would say, but I honestly don’t know a lot about him. In his videos he is, for the most part just goofy, bouncy, and funny. He rarely seems like a ‘dynamic character’ (Albright be proud!), and I think he consistently wears a facade in his videos, so it’s hard to judge his actual personality.

As you may have been able to tell from the interview, there are a few questions there that were left seemingly unanswered, and yet I kind of… answered them in my speech.

I have a confession to make – I improvised.

Here’s a cute picture of a cat! You’re not allowed to be angry!

Basically, I kind of don’t know what age Jimmy bought his first guitar at, or whether it was even an acoustic, I’m not sure if he had to play it in secret, if he had friends that moved to Japan from China that he was trying to call, or whether he ever gave a guitar to an underprivileged kid.

So yeah, sorry about that. Do you see what you made me DO Jimmy!?

I stated at the beginning that I was confident I’d get an interview with Jimmy, but I guess I had the WONG idea.

Interview Request Email, sent to Jimmy Wong!

A copy of the email I have just sent to my eminent person. I’m really nervous and excited to hear back. Wish me luck!

THE EMAIL IS AS FOLLOWS:

Mr. Wong,

My name is Lyle Hendriks. I am a Grade 9 student at Gleneagle Secondary in Coquitlam, BC. My class is doing a month-long project called the ‘Eminent Person Study’, in which we focus on one individual we deem as ’eminent’. I have chosen you, as I find your work in music, acting, and more extremely inspiring.

Part of the project is to secure an interview with an expert, either on your person, or in your eminent person’s field. However, since many select a dead eminent person, few have the chance to actually interview their person. The purpose of this email is to request an interview with you, to be scheduled for some time this week. The questions will be fairly simple, asking about your career on YouTube, your earlier life, and some opinion questions based on your online following and what that means to you.

The interview can be conducted however is most convenient for you, through phone or just email.

The earliest I will be able to do the interview will be on Monday, around 4 PM, and it shouldn’t take more than half an hour on the phone, and possibly less if exchanging emails.

Here are some links to information on the project, and TALONS (The education program I am in):

TALONS Blog: http://talonsblog.wordpress.com/

My School Blog (Currently used for Eminent Person project): http://talonslyleh.edublogs.org/

Thank you in advance for your time, and I look forward to your response,

Lyle Hendriks