CLE 10 Job Interview


Interview Notes for Mr. S

The three main pieces of advice I took away from my interview with Len is:

Choose a job that you’re passionate about!

When asked what advice he would give to someone starting in his field, Len said that you should love what you do. If you are expected to work hard and for long periods of time, you might as well pursue your hobby at the same time!

 

A good team communicates effectively and shares a consensual vision.

Len’s favorite part of his job is working with other people. He believes that a good team shares a singular goal or vision that they all strive towards. He also says that good teams will talk through problems and come to consensual agreements on how to solve those problems.

 

Your life does not have to revolve around one career.

When asked what would he change if he could go back in time, Len said that he would stay longer in school, and explore other topics he was interested in. What I take away from this, is that even though you might strive towards one career or job, it’s okay to also pursue other hobbies at the same time.

Eminent Intro Blog Post

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“The sun hadn’t gone down yet, and kids were just hanging out, waiting for something to happen. Van pulls up, a bunch of guys come out with a table, crates of records. They unscrew the base of the light pole, take their equipment, attach it to that, get the electricity – Boom! We got a concert right here in the schoolyard and it’s this guy Kool Herc. And he’s just standing with the turntable, and the guys were studying his hands. There are people dancing, but there’s as many people standing, just watching what he’s doing. That was my first introduction to in-the-street, hip hop DJing.”

DJ Kool Herc is the founder of hip hop music and culture. He invented a new style of DJing, which he shared with the world when he held his first hip hop party. This “back to school jam” was held at his house, in August of 1973. His main goal was to earn money so that his sister, Cindy Campbell, could buy back to school clothes. He never expected his music to blow up in popularity after this.

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In the 1970’s, disco music was very popular. To create hip hop music, Herc isolated the short, five second instrumental part of disco records, called breaks. These instrumentals sections lacked voices, and emphasized the beats. He then used a technique he later called the “Merry-go-round” technique, to extend the break of songs from five seconds, to about five minutes. The merry-go-round technique involved two records. He would play the break from one of them, then rewind it back to the start of the break while playing the break from another record right beside it. His music inspirations involved James Brown, Jimmy Castor, and Brooker T. & the MGs.

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His music turned out to be a massive hit. Herc became something of a local hero; more and more people were coming to his parties. Other DJs began adapting to his music, and a community of hip hop DJs, MCs, break-dancers, and graffiti artists started to form.

Why is this important? The bronx had many gangs fighting each other in violent disputes. The gangs involved most of the Bronx’s population of African-American citizens who had not as much money. There was not much intervention between gangs mainly because the other, more wealthier side of the population did not care. Adults were off partying at disco clubs, and because of the high price to pay to enter, only the rich people went. The rest had nothing to do, so they resorted to violence. But DJ Kool Herc changed everything when he invented hip hop music. This new form of culture provided an alternative to fighting. It gave them different types of hobbies to focus on. Teenagers and other Bronx citizens came to these underground parties to have fun. It gave them something else to live for; they no longer needed fighting to keep themselves entertained. They could learn to DJ, or MC, or break-dance to hip hop music. While uptown DJs catered to an older, more wealthier crowd, DJ Kool Herc held underground hip hop parties.

DJ Kool Herc is also very important because he influenced other people who would eventually join him as founders of hip hop. One of them is Afrika Bambaataa. Bambaataa, inspired by Herc’s work, learned how to DJ. He used this new culture to shift his gang from violence to supporting others. He converted his group from the “Black Spades” gang into a peace keeping organization called the Zulu nation. As a team, they helped to reduce the amount of violence by bringing gangs together and sorting out their conflicts through peaceful means. They kept the younger children away from violence by holding after school programs to follow their hobbies. They also participated by helping out the community with guarding homes from robbers, druggies, and gangs. The second famous figure in hip hop that Herc influenced, was Grandmaster Flash. Grandmaster Flash, learned Herc’s style of music and took a step further. He asked himself, how can I stand out and improve this music? He invented the backspin technique, punch purchasing, and scratching. This greatly improved the style of DJing and increased the possibilities of what you can do with the music. He also created a group called the Furious Five, who traveled around and inspired people with their hip hop music, spreading awareness and becoming famous in the process.

Sadly, because his work was never recorded and other DJs began to become more famous than him over the years, his name started to fade and he became less popular over the years. As a result, he has not received much awareness by the people in our world today. I believe it is crucial for dancers to learn about our roots and history. By learning about this, we can respect the hip hop culture and perhaps improve our dancing skills.

As a hip hop and break-dancer, I want to learn about dancers that DJ Kool Herc influenced, and how he influenced them. So far, I have only looked at DJs. I also will watch some interviews of Herc so that I can get an insight into his personality.

Planning 10 Job Research

  Yearly Salary Tasks Education Job Demand Hours Alone/Team?
Scriptwriter Low income, unless big success Writes scripts for films Many scriptwriters have degrees in English, journalism or creative writing.  Post graduate degrees are not necessary. No demand for screenwriters. Very hard to be successful, as a result, job is very unstable. Freelance Scriptwriters can choose how many hours they work Most of the time you don’t work with other people (can get lonely)
Film Editor Can range from 29k to 101k Edit footage from movies into a film product. Degree in performing arts, broadcasting, journalism, business administration, theater production or film studies Because film is really popular nowadays, many people are getting into it so there isn’t a very big demand. Although because the quality of film and the special effects are becoming better, film editors are still needed. 8 to 10 hours a day. Collaborate with producers/directors. Typically work in office space. Can be by themselves for hours.
Producer Can range from 30k to 115k Audition cast members for the film and stage production of each production/work. select and write the scripts, and oversee the entire production process such as the performances, lighting, choreography, editing special effects, music. oversee and monitor the budget for the production Degree in performing arts, broadcasting, journalism, business administration, theatre production or film studies and experience in a technical or production occupation in motion pictures, broadcasting or theatre are usually required Demand for producers are estimated to increase around 5%. Lots of pressure, constant stress. Assignments range from a day to three months. Work all day. This is a leadership role which means you are almost always working with other people.
Director Can range from 30k to 115k leads the project, and the more technical aspects. Compared to producer, who mainly handles the financial and advertising and story part. Director focuses on the smaller details. university degree or college diploma in film studies or cinematography Predicted to grow 12%, faster than the average growth of most jobs. Lots of pressure, constant stress. Assignments range from a day to three months. Work all day. This is a leadership role which means you are almost always working with other people.

HamilTALONS Song Study

 

The Hamilton song I focused on was “Satisfied”.

 

a. Character Development

 

The song “Satisfied” focuses on developing the characters Angelica Schuyler and Alexander Hamilton, rather than progressing the story-line. The song begins at Eliza and Alexander’s wedding, with Angelica giving a toast. As she gives them her prayers, she suddenly recalls a painful memory. We rewind time and are taken back to the time of this memory, the night at the winter ball where she meets Hamilton for the first time.

“The conversation lasted two minutes, maybe three minutes,” and already, Angelica fell head over heels for Alexander (Hamilton). She describes him as handsome, intelligent, and confident. It is clear that she likes him, and by how heavily Alexander flirts with her, she can tell that he likes her back.

But soon, Angelica is faced with a conflict. Her sister, Eliza, also falls for him. She openly explains her wants in the song “Helpless”, as she talks about how helpless she becomes around Hamilton. Angelica only has two available options: keep Hamilton for herself, or let Eliza have him. She thinks of “three fundamental truths at the exact same time,” to help her come up with a decision (Hamilton).

The first ‘truth’ she realizes is that it is her duty to marry a rich man to maintain family wealth. She cannot marry Hamilton because he is dirt poor. The second truth she considers, is that Hamilton only wants to marry a Schuyler sister for their old money. This makes him the same as any other ‘solider boy’ who came to the ball. They all want to win her appraise, because she belongs to one of the most wealthy families in America. She knows that Hamilton really only likes her because of her money, and their relationship would not be genuine if they got married. The last truth she realizes is that, by marrying Hamilton, she would break her sister’s heart. Angelica claims that “[she knows her] sister like [she knows her] own mind”, and that if she and Alexander dated, “[Eliza would] be silently resigned,” and “she would say, ‘I’m fine'” but ultimately “she’d be lying” (Hamilton). One of Angelica’s biggest fears is hurting her sister. Angelica loves her so much, and you can tell through-out the songs as she always says “from your sister, who is always by your side” (Hamilton). Ultimately, breaking her sister’s heart was the biggest factor that contributed to her decision to let Eliza have Hamilton.

In the end, Eliza and Hamilton end up falling in love and marrying. With Eliza and Hamilton together, Angelica thinks about what could have happened if she chose to marry Alexander. But even with her regretful thoughts, Angelica buries her feelings and focuses on Eliza’s happiness. She knows that if the situation was the opposite and Hamilton married her, Eliza would bury her feelings so that Angelica could be happy. As a caring older sister, Angelica wants the best for Eliza so she forces herself to deal with the pain. This ultimately shows how strong relationship Eliza and Angelica’s relationship is. They would do anything for each other.

The song “Satisfied” tends to repeat some of it’s lyrics. For example, during the beginning of the song, Angelica repeats the phrase “I remember that night, I just might” four times. Although this may seem like ‘lazy’ songwriting to some eyes, Shakespeare expert Cass Morris argues that it develops Angelica’s character. According to Cass Morris,

“[Angelica’s] brilliant, but with an intense urgency — her mind fires at a million miles an hour, and her speech patterns show it…
So what you get is this bobbing effect, in and out of reality, in and out of memory, in and out of what was and what could have been. But it still ties up and ties together in the progression…of the kinds of repetition from beginning to middle to end, because Angelica ultimately has that kind of grip on herself. Her mind may race, but she has control of it.”

Angelica also raps in “Satisfied”. No other female characters in the whole Hamilton playlist raps. A character who raps as fast as Angelica is Alexander. This may represent that he and Angelica are ‘on the same level’, in terms of wit and intelligence.

This song displays Angelica’s wit many times through-out the song. Unlike most people, who pursued love blindly, Angelica considered the consequences, and the feelings of other people. Ultimately, this led her to make what she thought was the best decision. Before making an important decision she would consider her wants and fears, and decide what values were most important to her. This is actually really impressive, because if you compare her mindset to other characters, you can see that she is intelligent. She is unlike Hamilton, who thinks very irrationally and impulsively, and she is unlike Burr, who has a paranoid fear of consequences.

Another witty characteristic Angelica holds is the ability to point out the flaws of others, specifically Alexander’s. As seen through-out the Hamilton playlist, most other characters only notices Alexander’s good qualities. Angelica looks at his good qualities, but also considers his flaws as well. She can see his arrogance as he says “there’s a million things I haven’t done, but just you wait, just you wait…” (Hamilton). By his fidgeting reaction to her asking about his family, she can already tell he is penniless. Even without meeting each other for long, she sees he has “peach fuzz, and he can’t even grow it!” (Hamilton). She makes fun of his beard when most other characters would not.

But she doesn’t just see the bad side of him, she can also see the good qualities in him and his potential. She knows that “he’s a bit of a flirt, but [she’ll] give it a chance” because she believes that, behind the smooth talker and the confident attitude, he can be genuine (Hamilton).

When Angelica and Alexander first meet, Alexander hits her with the “you’re like me, I’m never satisfied” (Hamilton). By saying that he’s never satisfied, Hamilton basically admits that he is always unsatisfied with his position in life and that he will never be. He won’t stop and settle, he will keep going to obtain more power and acceptance. Even though she knows that Eliza will be happy if she gets to be with Alexander, she is scared for Eliza. In the song, Angelica claims that “You will never find anyone as trusting or as kind” as Eliza. She knows that Eliza would be the perfect and loyal wife, and she’s scared that if Alexander ends up being unsatisfied with Eliza, he would somehow find a way to break her sister’s heart. If he can’t settle with the perfect wife, then who’s good enough to satisfy Alexander? No one. He can never be satisfied.

At the end of the song, the flashback ends and we are taken back to the wedding day, with a repeat of Angelica toasting to the groom and the bride. This time, we can tell that there is more meaning and pain behind her words. A specific line she says is “may you always, be satisfied” (Hamilton). Perhaps, since she knows that Hamilton can never be satisfied, this line is like a subtle plead to Hamilton to be satisfied with Eliza, so there is no way Eliza’s heart can be broken. This comes back to the point that Angelica really loves her sister and fears Alexander breaking Eliza’s heart.

 

 

b. Connections to Historical Elements

 

1. Siege of Charleston

John Laurens, one of Hamilton’s friends, is present at the start of the song and speaks for a short time. Historically this is incorrect, because Laurens was not at the wedding. Britain captured him during the seige of Charleston in December 1780, the same time of the wedding. The siege of Charleston was a major win for the British, a battle that was fought between March 29 to May 12. Lauren was a prisoner of war who was shipped to Philadelphia, where he was told that he wasn’t allowed to leave Pennsylvania.

 

2. Big Idea

Disparities in power alter the balance of relationships between individuals and between societies.

The difference in power between Hamilton and Angelica alters their relationship in a negative way. Because of her father and family-line, Angelica possessed a lot of old money. Hamilton, on the other hand, was “penniless, [and] flying by the seat of his pants” (Hamilton). According to Chernow, an America writer,

“Starting with that first winter in Morristown, Hamilton was drawn almost magnetically to… Angelica, and spent the rest of his life beguiled by both Eliza and Angelica, calling them “my dear brunettes.”… The attraction between Hamilton and Angelica was so potent and obvious that many people assumed they were lovers. At the very least, theirs was a friendship of unusual ardor, and it seems plausible that Hamilton would have proposed to Angelica, not Eliza, if the older sister had been eligible.”

In the song, “when [Hamilton] said ‘Hi,’ [Angelica] forgot [her] dang name” (Hamilton). At first glance, the line “I forgot my dang name” seems like she was struck by love and forgot who she was in the excitement (Hamilton). But a possible meaning could be that she forgot her family name, Schuyler, and her duties in her family. She forgot about all the responsibilities  that came with coming from a rich family like the Schuylers, and she forgot that she needed to marry a rich man. But once Angelica regains herself and asks him “Where’s your family from?”, he nervously switches the subject which shows Angelica that he is poor and doesn’t want to talk about this.

It’s possible that Angelica let Eliza have Hamilton because she knew that Hamilton only wanted to marry a Schuyler sister for the money. Eliza, on the other hand, would be more willing to let this slip. If Hamilton was a person with more wealth, this conflict would not be happening. This shows that, even though anyone can be happy as a couple, society shaped people to sacrifice their happiness and relationships.

 

c. Guided Question

 

Guided Question: In what ways did the American Revolution affect the lives and privileges of those involved?

 

[ANGELICA]

I’m a girl in a world in which

My only job is to marry rich

In the story, Angelica is portrayed as a single woman, who has no brother. In reality, she married John Barker Church in 1777, years before she met Alexander Hamilton. This shows us that Angelica Schuyler represents the wealthy women living in America. This story also tells us the experiences and lives that the women of America have. It expresses the values women hold in society. Although some women are really smart and talented, “[they’re girls] in a world in which [their] only job is to marry rich” (Hamilton)Their only purpose in life was to be a wife, daughter, and mother. They never had opportunities to pursue like men had.

 

[BURR]

A winter’s ball

And the Schuyler sisters are the envy of all

Yo, if you can marry a sister, you’re rich, son

[HAMILTON]

Is it a question of if, Burr, or which one?

To provide futher evidence that women are considered pawns to getting more money, we will look at the Hamilton song “Winter Ball.” When Burr says that “if you can marry a sister, you’re rich, son” (Hamilton). In a sense, Alexander and Burr represent the men of America, and the Schuyler sisters represent the women of America. The men only see the women as trophies with a money benefit. They shoot for the ladies with wealth.

Alexander then replies to Burr by saying “Is it a question of if, Burr, or which one?” (Hamilton). In the story, all three Schuyler sisters are availbile for courting. In real history, Angelica eloped with her husband John Church and the only two sisters available to court are Eliza and Peggy.

 

[ANGELICA]

And the hope that you provide

(You provide!)

{(You provide!)}

When Angelica is toasting to Eliza and Alexander during their wedding day, she says “and the hope that you provide” (Hamilton). In a way, she is saying that Eliza and Hamilton’s relationship provides hope to the young soldiers who wish to marry a wealthy woman to become rich.

 

[SPOILER] In the end, it is not Angelica or Alexander who ends up unsatisfied, but Eliza. Once Alexander marries Eliza, he continues to pursue his own desires and satisfactions. In this pursue, he forgets about Eliza and her needs as a wife. This represents some of the relationships between wealthy wives and ambitious husbands. The men only want to marry the women for their wealth, but the women misread it as love. Then, once married, the men strive to achieve greater things, leaving their wives behind in the process. This shows the inequality between men and women and how women in the higher class are only pawns to get wealth.

 

SUMMARY

Although the song “Satisfied” did not advance the story line, it developed Angelica, Eliza and Hamilton’s characters. The three main characters also represent certain groups who lived in America. Angelica and Eliza represents the upper class women with wealth, who are used by the men as pawns to obtain old money. Hamilton represented those abusive men. At first glance, the song “Satisfied” may seem like a simple love story, but overall, there are many hidden layers to the song that add meaning and depth. The song can be interpreted in many ways.

Seven Year War Inquiry Question

Question: How Did the Seven Year War Affect Normal Citizens Living in North America?

 

Historical Significance

Outline the focus of your inquiry and provide background knowledge. Why is this an important and significant question to ask about the past? Provide evidence from primary and secondary sources.

For my inquiry project, I chose the question “How Did the Seven Year War Affect Normal Citizens Living in North America?” The Seven Year war focused on the war between France and England for the control of North America. The conflict took place from 1756 to 1763, and ended with an English victory at the Battle of the Plains of Abraham. The Treaty of Paris was signed, a peace agreement that ended the war.

The question I chose is a significant question to ask because it focuses on the individuals living in America and allows us to look from their perspective to see how the war affected their daily lives. Leaders today can use the experiences of normal citizens during the war to recognize how a decision would impact their citizens, and make the best choice based on this knowledge. Although I did not have enough research time to read all of these, here is an archive of primary sources I found that came from the perspectives of different people, ranging from a diary kept by an average solider to speeches and treaties between William Johnson and the Iroquois.

 

Continuity and Change

How are our lives and conditions similar to those found in your research? How have they changed?

Compared to the lives of the citizens who lived in 18th century North America, we can see that most present day Canadians live a more convenient and modern lifestyle. The men in the 18th century had to hunt for food, with a risk that they might not find any. They would leave home for days or even weeks. Teenagers would be in charge of their families, and they held this responsibility until their father came back. Teens who recently came out of school would search for work through an apprenticeship, which would eventually lead to their own job.

In terms of water, the quality was poor. Almost everyone drank cider, beer, and corn whiskey. This includes children, because it was the only option due to the lack of drinkable water. Compared this to nowadays, we can see that most people in North America have easy access to clean water.

In the past, there was a significantly less amount of educated doctors than we have today. Because of this, 18th century health care was minimal and often unobtainable. Even if you were in pain, you couldn’t go unless it was absolutely necessary. Your only other options are going to a local healer or travel long distances to get to a doctor. North America’s doctors and resources were limited, resulting in shorter lifespans.

Women were expected to bear five to ten children, but some of those children would not survive over two years due to sicknesses. As a result, families wouldn’t name their children until they surpassed two years old. Although some individuals living in Canada today might still face these problems, we can see that overall, the quality of life significantly increased since the 1700’s.

Here is a comic strip displaying some of the differences between Canadians in the 21st century and Americans in the 18th century. It holds some of the points above and adds some new ones. (I am not the best artist but I wanted to make a comic strip so I did):

 

Historical Perspective

How was/were your researched event(s) viewed by historical actors of the time? What specific values and standards did they hold? How do you know?

The English and French were rivals and viewed each other negatively. The French thought that, because they came to North America first, they had the right to claim the land, whereas the English thought that even though the French came first, they still could claim land for themselves. This conflict in beliefs and the want for land led to the war.

At first, the Indigenous people of North America did not take a side in this war. But soon, the British and French people used the tensions between the communities to bring them to their side. As they became exposed to European society, their norms and values began to change. Some of them became addicted to alcohol and reliant on guns for hunting and fighting, separating themselves from traditional cultural values and standards. When the war ended with a British victory, the Indigenous people on the most part were unhappy because overall, the French treated them better than the British. With Britain in control, they experienced more disadvantages such as being treated less as equals and being prohibited from getting an education. There were also a few short term advantages such as the Royal Proclamation.

Another group of people that lived in North America were the Filles De Roi. Their main and only job was to increase the population and raise a family. This put a lot of pressure on them, especially since they had to take care of many children. Some children did not survive more than two years, which took a big toll mentally on the mothers. Although men did most of the hard work, women also worked hard to take care of the household. Additionally, in this generation it was normal that men were considered better than women. Women would only stay in school until they knew enough to provide for their family, while boys stayed until they received a full education.

Overall, this shows that we have significantly adapted and changed our beliefs over the past few years. Each group of people held different values, and interactions between society’s helped to shape and change norms for better or worse.

 

Inquiry Question Conclusion

What conclusions can you reach about your question, based on the research you conducted?

Because of the war, both England and France suffered financially. For France, the monarchy was weakened and they had no choice but to increase taxes. The normal citizens disliked the idea, and this conflict eventually led to the French revolution. On the English side, we can see that although the British suffered financially, they controlled North America and held the ability to expand further West (until the Royal Procclamation outlawed it). Normal citizens owned more land, which meant more profit and more work.

During the war, women, specifically the Filles De Roi, were purposed to increase the population of the group. Since the father or the men of the family would often leave to go to the war, teenagers or the oldest man of the family would care for them and their farm. With their country urging them to keep increasing the population, it was a lot of stress for those women.

The war negatively impacted the Indigenous people. With the arrival of the Europeans came the arrival of a new culture and foreign diseases like Smallpox. Indigenous people were unaccustomed to the diseases and suffered the consequences. As Hobbes would say, they became corrupted by society. Once the battle between the French and the English became more heated, the Europeans used tensions between indigenous communities to push the Indigenous groups to their side. They became involved in the bloodshed and many died.

If I were to further this investigation, I would ask the question How did the Seven Years War Lead to the French Revolution? In class, we already learned about how the 7 Years War and other events led to the American revolution, so I’m curious how this conflict led to the French Revolution.