Document of Learning

Four days, two hours, and twenty-nine minutes till the official beginning of Night of The Notables and I have yet to speak to a TALONS learner who isn’t stressed or having a minor panic attack. With that time crunch in mind, I have decided to take this time to share my document of learning to reflect on my goal for this project and the work I did to attain it (my speech draft and my Instagram account with posts on Lady Gaga).

In my first post of this project, ‘Mother Monster – Lady Gaga’, I stated, “I want to take this assignment as an opportunity to show another side of Lady Gaga that some people may never have seen before and all the things she has contributed to our world aside from her music. I hope that along with myself, everyone else will get a better glimpse into her life, and I can prove that Lady Gaga is indeed a very eminent person.” After reading my speech over right now and looking at the work I have accomplished, I can safely say that I have met this goal, and hopefully this post will show why.

Over the course of this project I posted 8 pictures on Instagram with facts on Lady Gaga. Each of the captions was a 1-2 paragraph explanation of the fact explaining it in more depth. I tried to include a variety of different components of her life and career to show just a few of the reasons why I believe she is eminent. Below I have recreated the Instagram feed with all 8 posts.

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NOTE: Each post is directly linked to the post on Instagram, so if you click on a picture it will open the post in a new tab with the paragraphs. If you want to go directly to my page @GagasLittlestMonster, click here.

Moving along to my second component, below I have typed out my second speech draft. Feel free to leave any feedback of suggestions!

Tonight is the night that we are free.

People always try to tear me down, but it doesn’t hurt me anymore. And you want to know why it doesn’t hurt me anymore? Because I am free. I have stripped myself from all those people who told me I couldn’t. And slowly but surely I remembered who I was.

And tonight, whether you are gay or straight , or bisexual or pansexual or transexual or transgender, whether you are or black or white or yellow or buddhist or hindu or christian, whether you come from Europe or Asia or Africa, tonight we erase all labels. Tonight you are free to be yourself.

Tonight is your chance to be break free. To reject all those people who defined you based on stereotypes, or told you, you weren’t good enough, or pretty enough, or smart enough, or couldn’t win a grammy! Don’t let anybody ever tell you can’t, cause you’re a GODDAMN SUPERSTAR! Tonight I want you to go home loving yourself more than you did when you got here. I want you to go home and look in the mirror before bed and think, HECK YEAH, that is a person I am comfortable sleeping with every night. My little monsters, tonight you are the rebels, nonconformists, you are free to be individual and unique, you are free to be yourself!

Bless god and bless the gays!

Just to recap on a slightly choppy blogpost, I am very passionate about Lady Gaga and I hope that you will take the time to look over my Instagram account. Feel free to skim if you find there are to many words. And on the note of my speech, I have worked very hard to create a speech that sounds like Lady Gaga herself when she is giving a speech before one of her shows. For some the grammar might seem a bit odd, but that is how she talks, so I tried to replicate her voice when I wrote it. Now I intend to take a quick break to BREATH before I dive straight back into the last minute hustle and bustle of eminent.


A Non-Existent Interview

After 3 long weeks of waiting and no replies I have decided to start my interview blog post by stating, I did not get an interview. I sent out numerous emails, and upon Jordan’s suggestion, I also tweeted Lady Gaga herself and sent her a Facebook message, none of which got any response. The people I contacted included, Lady Gaga’s sister, mother, father, agent, and best friend, as well as a reported from People Magazine, a tech crew member from her shows, and of course Lady Gaga. Below I have included a screenshot of the email I sent to Natali, Stephani aka Lady Gaga’s younger sister.


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NOTE: Due to the restrictions on WordPress, I cannot enlarge the image more than it is above, but it reads:

Hi Natali,

My name is Elyssa Bingham. This year for my schools socials unit we have to do project on an eminent person. My choice was Lady Gaga. One of the requirements is that we get an interview with someone closely related to our eminent person or, if possible, with our eminent person. I was wondering if you would be willing to answer a few questions in an interview over email for my assignment.
1. How do you feel Lady Gaga has impacted today’s society?
2. What do you feel stands out the most about Lady Gaga’s motto in a positive way towards youth?
3. How do you feel your sister’s fame has impacted your life?
4. What is Stefani like offstage? Personality traits?
5. What is Stefani’s stand on the LGBT community? Do you agree?
6. How do you think Stefani’s Born This Way organization will benefit people 5 years from now? What about 10 years from now?
7. What motivated Stefani to become Lady Gaga and stand up issues such as bullying? Anything from her childhood?
Here is the my blog from my program if you would like to see some of my previous posts about Lady Gaga, or for more information on the eminent person project:
Thank you for your time,
Elyssa Bingham

(I used this template for all my emails)

I chose the questions used above to gain more insight on Lady Gaga’s outlook on life, and her point of view on controversial issues. I did this because with this project I wanted to focus on her opinions on issues; such as, bullying and gay rights. I also wanted to look into her impact on these issues, and prove why she is eminent. Her musical career was less of an interest to me, because that’s not who she is, and I wanted to show what she stood for, rather not define her by her hobby/career.

Aside from the email, I also reached out through multiple other social media sites as shown below.


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Reaching out through Twitter and Facebook was more difficult then an email due to the word restrictions. I was not able to include the questions in my message on Twitter, and as you can see I had to reply to my own tweet to add a link to my blog for more information.

Overall, I am disappointed that I was unable to get an interview; however, I am proud of the effort I put in. I tried multiple different ways of contacting people, and I waited long periods of time between each email. I figure, after two years of eminent and not one interview, they really aren’t my thing. Finger crossed next year I can get one…if we have eminent in TALONS 11 that is.