The Business of Ballet Pt. 2

Hi all! Today I am sharing the second part of The Business of Ballet, a piece that I wrote for Vogue's Annual Talent Competition 2017. If you haven't read the first part- you should start here. I hope you enjoy!

The Business of Ballet (part 2) 

My following question was a bit more serious: “In your own words, describe feminism” she paused, contemplating her response.

Personally, there was one question on of my list that I needed to ask her. I asked her: ‘In what ways do you think that you and I are alike?’ A question I asked, not looking for compliments, but a raw answer.

“Ooh Kessley, I think it’s the inner Beyoncé” she joked at first, before her and I shared a brief chuckle about my very evident love of Beyoncé. “I think you’ve got a lot of drive, and I think that’s probably something that I had. I wanted to do well and was willing to work hard. So I think in that sense I don’t doubt that you will be hugely successful. While Payne has never taught me personally, I do look up to her as a successful business woman and entrepreneur

We finished with her definition of feminism.

“My idea of feminism is for women to have the choice to make decisions based on what is best for them without prejudice. I do not believe you should be judged for the choices you make – if you want to be a stay at home mum then that is great – good for you!  If you want to be a business woman – great!  If you want to be a scientist – great!!  Make your own choices and be confident in them – do not feel you have to justify your decisions.  Feminism should not be about undermining men – I have a son who I adore and think he is amazing!  I also have a daughter who I adore and believe she is amazing too.  Some women have a natural maternal instinct and some don’t!” she continued on. “If you want to cook and clean for your family and nurture them (in whatever way) why should you have to justify this.  If you would rather not then who are we to judge! Personally I enjoy both – I love looking after my kids and my home but I also love going to work and facing the different challenges each day.  Feminism is having the choice to be who you want to be – life is not always easy and often things don’t go the way we want but if you want something you have the power to make it happen! Take responsibility for your life and for what you want out of it – it’s your story and your journey so make it count.  I love being a woman and am proud to be a mother and to have my own business but I also love the men in my life (my son, my brothers, my nephews and my best friend) very much and respect them as I hope they respect me.”

As I concluded this interview Payne introduced me to a quote that I now love “A girl should be two things; Who and what she wants” Coco Chanel

-So, what did you think? I had a lot of fun working on this piece and I think that this piece came out great! I hope you liked! Let me know in the comments!

Love ya!
Kessley Janvier

 

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The Business of Ballet Pt. 1

Hey! I am so excited to share this piece with you! I recently decided to enter the annual Vogue Talent Contest 2017. While I am not a finalist, I have finally decided to share one of my pieces with you. I interviewed the very inspirational Claudine Payne, owner of Studio 74 (The dance school I attend). The finished interview is a bit lengthy, so I decided to split it into part one and two. I hope you like and if you do-like this post and comment down below!

Studio74

The Business of Ballet

From the minute I stepped into Studio 74 Dance School in September 2014, I knew it was a special place and I was lucky enough to sit down with its captivating owner.

Claudine Michelle Payne grew up with her mom, dad and brothers near Milton Keynes with the passion of dancing. Later, she turned that passion into a successful business, giving thousands of children in the local area of Bromley the chance to shine with Studio 74 Dance School discovering and nurturing talents.

I started by asking her what she would do with all the extra time if she did not have to sleep at night. “I would probably do more exercise, more Pilates and yoga. I would probably spend more time with my children.”

I went on to ask her about any lessons she’s had to learn the so called “hard way”.

“Yeah, everything really” she laughed before continuing on, “everything you learn by making mistakes”. “Everything is hands on. It wasn’t something that I had already had experience in. So we have to kind of learn as we go.” In other words, starting a business is like growing up, the older, the wiser.

Henceforth, I asked a little more about her background. As you would expect, Payne had studied dance at a Kent school and absolutely fell in love with it. She recounted some of the many dance trips that she went on throughout the UK and Europe, all at about my age of fourteen.

She then went on to study at the Laban Centre in New Cross, London where she discovered that while she did not want to be a performer herself, she wanted to train little ones. Teaching little children dance was not the only career path that Payne considered however, she also worked as a nanny and considered opening up a nursery.

-I hope you enjoyed part one! Let me know what you think!-

Love ya

Kess

Tk Maxx Haul!

Hi all! I know back to school is ages away, but my mom and I went to TK Maxx and I just decided to show you all what we got!

I love shopping in TK Maxx, because there is so much selection. A lot of pieces in my room are from TK Maxx, and you would never be able to tell. You can guarantee that when you shop at TK Maxx you are getting a unique piece and I really love that. So here’s what I got:blog tk maxx haul 2

So firstly I have  this gorgeous teal journal, with one of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite role models, Michelle Obama. “When they go low, we go high.” The journal is so pretty and the pages are really good quality for biros or ink pens.

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Next I’ve got this really lovely magenta notebook. The text on this journal reads “SQUAD GOALS” in holographic lettering. I love the writing on this one because it is so current and so relatable. If there had been more than one in the store they would have made perfect gifts for the squad.

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Now onto my favorite journal, we have this amazing grey journal with my favorite word- ‘slay’ written across the front. For me, I decided this was a Beyoncé reference, but we all know that’s just me. And because it says slay across the front, it’s my favorite one.

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Next we have this color block journal, which I found to be really interesting, because it has two different colored flaps as the cover. I love the bright colors on the cover and I really like the flap design. It definitely makes the journal much different than all of the other ones that you often see. blog-tk-maxx-haul-7.jpg

On the other hand we have this more aesthetic notebook. I for one love the color lilac- it is just so pretty. And the holographic text is awesome. The text is really inspiring as well. I would say this is probably my second favorite journal.

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Lastly, we have this pastel and gold striped journal! I quite like the  gold stripes on it, but the downside is that it’s wire bound. In my experience, what happens is the wires get damaged and then the pages start falling off of the book. The text is probably the most inspiring of all of the journals, and so would be nice to use for school-but I don’t think that will happen. blog tk maxx haul 11

 I hope you enjoyed this post and I’ll see you next week!

Love ya!

Kess

 

 

 

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5 Things to Know About Writing

Hi guys! Today’s post is Five Things to Know About Writing. I am currently trying to write a book and so I have decided to tell you some things to know about writing in general. These five tips could be helpful to any writer whether you write short stories or like me are trying to write a book.

  1. It is way more time consuming than you think. This is coming from someone who is trying to write a novel. However, even writing a blog is time consuming. I have discovered that to write,  you must set aside time. Even writing short stories can take a while. So as a tip from someone who has been there and done that, I will say that it is very time consuming.
  2. Reading is key. A friend’s parent who does screenwriting told me that reading is one of the things that shows in your writing. I have also heard this from my English teacher about a million and one times. The more you read, the better your writing becomes. And it doesn’t count to just read a series. Yes they are nice every once in a while, but you want to read the work of different authors to see different styles, which will help.
  3. A thesaurus is your best friend. I will tell you, never repeat the same words or phrase. A sentence later, a paragraph later, 3 chapters later, don’t do it. I promise you a thesaurus will help you. You don’t even have to own one, just go onto a free website like thesaurus.com that allows you to type in the word that you want a synonym for and then it give you suggestions on the words that you should use.
  4. Proofreading is like cleaning, no one likes to do it but we all have to. I personally don’t enjoy having to sit down and read through my work, but when I do, I often end up finding things that I thought Microsoft Word picked up but didn’t. Something I have learned is that Microsoft Word only picks up spelling errors rather than sentence structure and grammar. This way, even if you have run it through Microsoft Word and such, you should still read it and then give it to a close friend to read.
  5. Be proud of your writing and don’t second-guess it. The last thing and most likely the most helpful would be to be proud of your writing. My classmates have read my writing and then I have taken bits out and they go “why would you take that part out? I liked that part” and I end up going home that day and rereading the bit I took out. Then I sit there and go “man maybe I shouldn’t have taken out that part out.”

I hope that this post helps, and remember to always keep writing. Love Kess ❤