Hi! Why do you think harry chose pink for his album? I don't think it's because "its rock&roll color" is it? In the french interview he said it MEANS something to him but hmm.... do you have any idea ?
I do have an idea. My answer involves a lot of speculation, so take it with a giant grain of salt. My quotes on the Quotidien interview is taken from this transcript. The video is here.
Stepping back a bit, I do feel conflicted about speculating on a question like this. As the interviewer said, millions of people (including me) dissect Harry’s every tic under a microscope. I don’t think I could be 100% consistent under that kind of scrutiny. Yes, he is a celebrity– and the promotion of his creative work inevitably involves revealing something of his personal life, so that his audience can feel more connected to him. Allowing access to stalkers is part of this strategy– to make him seem reachable, intimate, yet iconic and larger-than-life. They are loathsome and invasive. But they are also useful.
We’ve all been discussing the Harry Styles™ mystique: Harry’s quality of never being completely known or understood, his way of saying nothing while saying something and vice versa, his desire to separate his professional from his private life. This is why audiences are obsessed with whether he “presses the Instagram button with his own finger.” We want to eliminate a layer of uncertainty in the speculation, to know that we’re one circle closer to the real Harry Styles.
He’s mentioned that Sign of the Times has a personal meaning to him, but explains its meaning in vague, general terms. The lyrics, while seemingly personal and urgent, are not specific to a circumstance. We circle and hover, but never get closer.
I: You said to the Rolling Stone magazine that most of the album was inspired by a woman. Really?
H: No I think, honestly, the album is much more about me than it is about anyone else. I think if I said the album is about a woman it kind of feels like, I don’t know, I put a lot of work into this. I don’t feel like it involves around woman. It’s a lot about me and things I’ve never said before. It’s more about me.
It’s not about a woman. His first word is, “No.” Then he softens his statement by redirecting it to himself (personal life), then his hard work (professional life), things he’s never said before (a mixture of the two). In a Harry way, he circles the question back on itself– my music is about both me and my music. It’s a statement about nothing. But in saying that, it answers something– it’s not about women.
If you want additional world-building for BNHA, I recommend reading the spin-off! Just by the title itself, the focus of the story are the “vigilantes”, would-be “heroes” who aim to do good by using their Quirks without a professional license, technically breaking the law even if they do it in the name of justice.
While it’s set in the same universe, it may feel very different as it’s focused on the other “darker” parts of this universe, like how small time criminals committing crimes are overlooked by Pro Heroes as they’re focused on bigger criminals, or how the world has adapted to the existence of Quirks itself, both positively and negatively.
The MC is so lovable and the other characters are also very interesting! There are also characters from the main BNHA story making an appearance, such as All Might, Eraserhead, and the other Pro Heroes.
Is this canon? Horikoshi obviously has influence on the story as he is the original writer of BNHA. But what made me consider this canon is the introduction of the Trigger in the main story. The Trigger, if you’ve read the latest chapter of BNHA, is the Quirk enhancement drug you saw being used by the minor villains in the latest arc. This drug made its first appearance in Vigilantes, and it is actually the source of conflict in the spinoff. Horikoshi introduced it in the main story maybe as a form of continuity in the “Hero Aca universe”.
The Vigilantes timeline also seems to be set in the past, as the MC Kouichi has met and befriended Iida Tensei while he’s an active Pro Hero.
(also he said Iida is not able to make turns lmao implying this is in the past)
Anyway, try giving it a read! The spinoff is only released once a month and currently only has 7 chapters, so it wouldn’t take too much time to catch-up! Plus you get to see Tensei!!
*stares at the Thomas’ credits* Most comics mention the name of the character's creator in the byline. Brian Hess is an artist under contract with Action Labs Entertainment, the comics license holder in the US. Nicole D’Andria, who wrote this story and adapted the scrip for the earlier photo comics that were produced by Action Lab, is the marketing director and submissions editor for the company. Considering Zag teased the fans about original comics last summer, I wouldn't call this a rush job.
Hooboy. Here comes a long post.
My issue with Thomas’ credits is that his last name, Astruc, is spelled “Atruc”. I’m know that they include the creator’s name because of, duh, of course you’re going to.
My beef with Zagtoons as a whole is that they take things down to the wire. There’s often animation errors like Chat Noir having two batons, or having to reuse character models over and over again because of budget restrictions (ie that’s why Theo is a catch all character for jobs and why Alya’s dad is suddenly the Animan zookeeper even though they had no interaction at all in that episode, particularly when Alya decided to date Nino in the exhibit. Like what?)
Not to mention that:
A) Brian Hess’ artwork does NOT fit the aesthetic of the show at ALL. This is not by any means a slam on his artwork, but it does mean that they probably had to turn to him after the other artists they approached declined. And if you can turn a project around in a tight deadline, you can work in comics.
B) Brian Hess’ work, when he has time to work on it, is significantly better than what we got.Once again this screams that he had a quick deadline, not that he decided to cut his abilities in half for a show he doesn’t like. C’mon. He’s a professional.
C) To get technical, the pacing of the action, the set up, and coherence of the comic is… it’s frankly really bad. So many panels don’t make sense, and poor Alya is like IMPRISONED to the right side of a panel while looking at her phone. Lines of action are bad (like one kid literally has speed lines to say “Hey, I’m moving!”) It’s messy and, once again to be frank, boring to read. The pacing of some of his other work is beautiful, once again pointing to a short timeline.
D) As a friend pointed this out for me: For a LaCrosse based akuma, why is there this watch just liked SHOEHORNED into this theme? Answer: Because they can use duplicate frames. A time-bending lacrosse villain doesn’t make sense outside of “Oh shit I have two weeks to do this”.
So all my beefs with Zagtoon fall back on the company itself and not any of the artists or animators.
First let’s address the goal of the interview. If you’ve already gotten an interview, you do not need to worry about impressing anyone with your credentials, your affluence, etc. Everything of that nature was already in your resume and cover letter.
Your goal in an interview should be to help your interviewer understand who you are as a person and employee.
Many of the people who interview you will be your direct supervisor. They are looking for someone they can work with on a day-to-day basis. Therefore, you should be yourself as much as possible. As important as it may seem to be amazing to your interviewers, it is more important to be true to you. Most theatre jobs are a per-show basis. Therefore, when a person hires you to the position, they need to know exactly what they’re getting into.
If you are a person that likes to tell jokes, bring one to your interview!
Tell stories about yourself. Give as many details as you can in these stories while still being concise. It is even good to tell a “bad” story about yourself as long as a) you can say you learned from the experience and b) you can follow up with an example on how you improved.
Leave room to breath between your responses. If your interviewer can build off what you said, you may be able to break your interview down to a conversation instead of q&a session.
Before the Interview
Prepping for the interview is just as important as actually doing the interview.
Google company, see employee or client reviews, read their mission statement, explore their website.
Look up interview questions and mock answer them in the mirror or with a friend.
Choose an appropriate outfit. Dress for the position you want. (Even if it’s a phone interview, I like to do this just because it helps me feel a little more badass.)
Make sure your website is up to speed. If you do not have a website, consider making one in the future.
Do something that helps you relax. (Most recommended: raise your hands above your head in in the “victory stance.” It’s proven to raise your testosterone and reduce stress levels!)
Like most things you do in the professional world, interviewing is a skill. You need to research it, develop it, and practice it. Every interview you go to will be different, but they all tend to follow the same structure.
The interviewer will tell you a little about her/himself, about the company they work for, and about the project or position.
The interview will ask you to tell a little about yourself. This is the perfect time for your elevator speech.
Questions for You
The interviewer will ask you some questions about you.
The interviewer will conclude their thoughts by addressing details you may have brought up in your questions.
Questions from You
The interviewer will ask if you have any final questions. Always ask at least three questions.
The interviewer will wrap up the dialogue
You should thank the interviewer their time.
Your elevator speech is your 30 second breakdown of who you are and what you do. It should be conversational, concise, and give insight about you. It should not be a recitation of your resume. The idea being that should you meet someone in an elevator, you could hand them your business card by the time they get off.
For example, my elevator speech tends to sound something like this, “Well, I recently moved from Texas to stage manage for the Cape Symphony in Hyannis. But I also have been lucky enough to work with some local theatres in between concerts. I’m currently stage managing Romeo and Juliet. I’m excited to start some other projects this summer too.”
Acknowledge your latest work
If you have future work coming up, acknowledge it
Say something unique about who you are
Try not to sound rehearsed
Questions About You
This part is pretty straight forward and will typically be the bulk of your interview. If you’re scheduling an interview, I’m sure you’ve already Googled all the typical interview questions (or if you haven’t yet, you should have).
Address the question in full. Use full sentences; anyone can give yes or no answers.
If you do not understand the question, ask for clarification (note: ask a related question, do not say, “I don’t know.”).
Try to give an an example of your work directly relating to the question.
If you do not have a story that directly relates to the question, address that but give segue into something similar. (”While I have not had the opportunity to work with in on IATSE call, I based my own crew’s regulations on the local IATSE rules.” or “I’ve been lucky enough to never have an unruly actor in rehearsal, but in my position at Forever21 I did have to console many disgruntled customers…”)
Use knowledge you have researched about the company and incorporate it directly into your answers. If you can, use similar wording on their website or job position.
Pay attention to what kinds of questions they ask; they could be clues to good questions for you to ask a the end of the interview.
The interviewer will typically say something along the lines, “That’s all I needed to ask” and then give some kind of conclusion. For me it’s usually another description of the position, sometimes with details from your answers.
Pay attention for new information.
Try to break this down into a bit of a conversation by elaborating on the new things they bring up or items you did not get to address.
Questions From You
This can be the most important part of the interview. It will show some of your critical thinking and analysis and allow for you to get to know the company you may work for. Always have three questions at the end of the interview. If some of your questions have already been addressed in the interview, do bring that up. It shows that you were prepared.
What are the main nuances you would like to see in this position?
What are the qualities you value most in this position?
How long have you worked with this company?
Do you have any reservations about my qualifications?
This one is my personal favorite. It’s a polite way of asking what will keep you from getting the position and addressing it immediately.
Always always always thank an interviewer for their time. They probably went through hundreds of emails, cover letters, resumes, portfolios, personal websites, job forums, etc. If nothing else, it’s just freakin’ polite and you should do it.
But after thanking them, tell them you look forward to hearing from them. This is a nice way of bringing up when they will contact you about the position. While it’s not bad etiquette to directly ask when there will be a follow up from the interview, I personally think it’s a little tactless.
The exception being if you are waiting to hear from other companies. If you are doing multiple interviews and are already getting offers from other companies, bring it up. This will make you seem more valuable and make it easier to negotiate pay.
After the Interview
You’re not done yet. Remember that part where I said interviewing is a skill? Now you have to analyze how it went.
Note: This does not mean you get to beat yourself up if something went wrong.
But you should look at your responses. Questions to ask yourself after an interview:
How could I have elaborated more?
Did I leave any room for uncertainty?
What was my body language like?
Did I give them a good idea of who I am?
After you’ve done this, do yoga, drink some beer, whatever it is that helps you relax at the end of the day because you did it!
It always seemed to be the days when it rained hardest that the most memorable events would occur. Though most were troubling memories that Roy would give anything to forget, there were just a few that he’d be willing to cling to. It was no surprise that any ordinary rainstorm could render him completely useless, but on one particularly stormy day, the Colonel was in for a surprise he hadn’t anticipated.
Frankly, it was all because of two simple words. Two words that, if heard side by side, would surely cause even the most dignified soldier to hide a snicker.
OMG MY BABY KILLED THE HIGH NOTES! I didn't think it could get better than SNL but it totally did. With the media/public raving about the SNL performance I wish they'd seen this one instead
This is only the first seconds of his beginning. SNL was great in itself and most music fans have praised him for his heartfelt performance. S'not about being able to do something technically right, but to deliver it with that rawness Harry did, and that’s gonna stay in people’s memories for a long time.
Tonight, however. Oh man. I mean, not only was the rawness alive and achingly good; in my honest (but not professional opinion) it was technically correct too. He seemed extra pleased with himself during and after, and not as nervous. This is his home turf. He went in with all of him and came out like a fucking rockstar. Caps off to him and his band. Talk about nailing a television performance!
I know full well that the arts are underappreciated, not very well paid unless you're famous, can get very competitive and stressful and that any art takes hours and hours of practice starting as soon in life as possible from experience.
Fuck these 11 years I've put into music for a career let's become a writer or maybe an artist instead!
Anime/video game nerd, writer, spoonie, and psychology student. I’m just getting my bachelors degree in May, so I’m not technically a professional yet, but I’m always here if someone needs to talk! xox
Things I wish I had before coming to grad school: advice from the first semester
the ability to talk to faculty without fear
the ability to talk to upper-years without fear
the ability to talk to my own damn classmates without fear
a working knowledge of how to use the projector in any room, including possessing all the cables and adapters
a DropBox account
competence in using graphing and figure making software
an already-established online paper filing and bibliography system
my own laser pointer for presentations
an already-established habit of working out in the morning
a savings account
a lighter weight laptop or tablet
an already-established habit of backing up data into folders and external hard drives
my own safety glasses
Personal anxiety aside, I think a lot of the technical/professional things on here are things that I never really thought about needing in undergrad! Having these things and skills already will give you a huge edge when it comes to confidence, competence, and professionalism.
Hi Christine! I don't know if you can answer this, but is it possible to work professionally on both the technical and performing sides of theatre? I currently do both at my high school; I'm -more or less- trained in lights, sound, set, etc. and I'm an actor and stagehand in most of our shows. I'd find it really hard to pick only one to continue with. But I'm also a 5'2 feminine(ish) nonbinary Asian who honestly isn't that amazing an actor, so I don't know what my chances there even are. Advice?
There’s nothing saying you can’t do both. The obstacle comes in when theatres start to only know you as one or the other and have a hard time switching gears and giving you a chance in other fields. So while it can give you a foot in the door, sometimes people end up pigeon-holing you as one or the other. So not impossible by any means, but there can be challenges.