After twenty seven hours slaving away in the kitchen, hours worth of research, and years of acting preparation for my take on Julia Child, eminent was a success; and I lived to tell the story. What surprised me the most about Eminent, is how much I enjoyed it. Last year, eminent was my favourite project out of all the things we did that year; but I assumed it was because of my passion for my eminent person. This year I chose Julia Child, who I didn’t know much about previously, and still thoroughly enjoyed the project. I think that because of the high stress level of eminent, you are unable to appreciate all of the small things that occur during your research, so when the project is done, you can relish in your success, and realize what a great job you did. I did a lot more research on Julia Child’s mannerisms this year, as I had to embody her in a respectful way, and I was particularly afraid that the audience would think I was mimicking her. I would say that my acting skills improved during this portion of my research, and I even got to put it on my resume. Perhaps, this should lead to my IEP acting goal.
I also developed what one might consider a deep connection with my eminent person throughout this project, considering how often I felt that I had talked to her. I started referring to her as “Julia,” which annoyed my family. Even my mom says that she feels she knows Julia, because of how frequently I mentioned her. I learnt a lot from this project without trying to, on top of the answers to questions which I knew I needed. I however, certainly didn’t know as many biographical details this year as I did last year. I knew the basic things, like her birthdate, but I didn’t know facts about her second cousins or anything, like I did in grade nine. I feel like those details allowed me to know my eminent person last year, in a way which I didn’t meet Julia this year. Those little details that mean seemingly nothing, form a picture in the end which could be important. So, if there was some kind of way which I could have spared some extra time, I would memorize little facts about Julia in the future. For example, wish that I knew her childhood address, or her first boss’ name.
My favourite part of Night of the Notables were the speeches, as can be expected. I love acting and public speaking, so getting up on stage and embodying someone as special as Julia Child, was an honour. I loved being calm backstage while my friends were nervous beyond compare, I loved our little energy warmup right before and after the evening occured, and I loved that we all celebrated each other’s success. Everyone was helping others who in a last minute struggle had forgotten items at home, or who’s hair needed more bobby pins, or who needed a hug to calm them from the crying. I love the friendly community which TALONS encompass’ and I love how close we are, despite only knowing each other for a year and a bit.
I would like to recognize all of the work which Mr. Morris put in. It was especially hard for him, considering it was his first eminent evening, and he had to somehow teach, us grade tens how to do something new to him. He did a great job at making my eminent experience as easy and stress free as possible. And the grade nines seemed to do pretty well at eminent as far as I could tell. Congratulations on a job well done Mr. Morris. Congratulations fellow grade tens, we did awesome; and good luck to any future TALONS working at conquering eminent. You will do great!
In the words of a very wise woman:
“Learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above all, have fun” -Julia Child