It is time for my final blog post of Eminent 2015, the bi’BLOG’graphy. Below I have listed all the sources I used to find information for this project:



The RISE and RISE of Lady Gaga; Pokerface, Maureen Callahan

GAGA, Johnny Morgan

Lady Gaga Critical Mass Fashion, Lizzy Goodman




The End of an Era – NoTN Reflection

Its been over a week since the official Night of The Notables and I still remember every detail as if it were yesterday. Looking back on the experience as a whole, there isn’t a single thing I would change. It was like nothing I had ever done before and I’m very sad to see it come to an end.

At the beginning of the block four Mr.Jackson said to not wish the experience away, but to live in the moment and enjoy the ride. And I remember thinking to myself, why would anybody wish away such a special experience. Sure, my palms were sweaty and my heart was beating faster than it had before, but I wasn’t alone. Everyone else in the room was feeling the same sense of anxiety and nervousness and that’s what brought us together as a family. That’s what made this experience so memorable.

Screen Shot 2015-11-30 at 5.04.22 PMWhen the bell rang at  3:10pm, there was a frantic energy throughout the TALONS classroom as everyone put the finishing touches on their learning centres, but as the clock ticked down to 7:00pm people started to become quieted. Many, including myself, retreated to the mirrors
in the drama room to rehearse our speeches at a low whisper. The lights dimmed and time had run out. It was seven o’clock. I recited my speech over and over in my head until I heard my cue, “Nevermore.” It was my turn.The speech felScreen Shot 2015-11-30 at 5.05.38 PMt like a blur. My lips were moving, reciting my speech as I had a thousand times before in practice, and suddenly it was over. I was walking off stage immediately grateful I did not forget the words, and even more grateful to finally take off the four inch heels that were digging into my feet in more places than I could count. Overall, I am very proud of m speech and my costume, and I am so happy to have had the opportunity to share my hard work with such a supportive audience.

After watching the second half of the performances it was time for the learning centres. This year I channeled Lady Gaga’s most recent album Artpop, as a celebration of the album’s one year anniversary. I set up the locker bay as an art gallery with pictures of Lady Gaga and facts about her and her life. I also chose a piano for the centre because it was the instrument that got her into music in the first place. I am very proud of how my learning centre turned out, and I feel I did a good job balancing information and aesthetic. Personally, I think the Artpop brownies were also a big hit. They definitely drew in more people.
(NOTE: For pictures of my learning centre click here.)

As the night came to a close, and all the brownies were eaten, it was time to dismantle my learning centre and join my class in a closing circle. As I mentioned in two blog posts, my goal for this project was that, “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.” While I was standing there reflecting on that night I knew I was able to attain this goal within my speech and learning centre especially. There was a constant stream of people at my learning centre that I was able to share my work with, and show a new side of Lady Gaga that many never knew about. A surprising amount of people had never heard of her organization, nor her abundance of donations to different charities and causes worldwide. I was able to change many peoples perspectives of her in minutes, and that made this project a huge success in my eyes. I am very happy to have embraced the eminent persons project and taken the time to produce work I was proud of, rather than procrastinate till the last day possible. I hope to apply some of the skills I have learnt during this project to future endeavours and I am so grateful to be surrounded with such supportive people to help me along the way. Listening to others talk about their experiences made it that much more special just thinking of how we all got to experience NoTN together. If I could, I would do it again in a heartbeat.

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.

An Exploration for Information

On our class trip this past Wednesday (October 14th 2015), we boarded the school bus and made our way to the Vancouver Public Library. While peoples’ goals for this trip varied, mine was to find information about both my eminent person and my ZAP project. I am pleased to report that I found both.

We started the day with a solo spot in the city where I watched one particular driver attempt at a u-turn. By attempt, I mean he failed miserably. He began to turn just as the light was turning green and causing him to block all the incoming traffic. On top of that, he was unable to properly drive his massive car and had to drive back and forth a total of 4 times to reorient his car. When he finally thought he made the turn, he drove his car up on the curb squashing an old drink container and spaying his car with an unknown milky substance. I, on the other hand, was rather enjoying myself, and I think that might have been my most enjoyable solo spot to date.


Following the solo spot, we spilt back up into our groups (bus 1 & bus 2). My group, bus 2, went down to the used book store a block away. Meanwhile, the other group went to the library. While the book store was very cramped for twenty-some people, I was able to squeeze through to my section and find their one available copy of “Lady Gaga Critical Mass Fashion” by Lizzie Goodman. I have yet to start seriously reading the book, but I am very excited to go through it. The illustrations and formatting are very appealing and well done, and I had the chance to briefly skim a couple paragraphs while I was in the store.  I can tell this will be a very good resource for my project.


About an hour later, we walked back to library to meet up with the other half of our class for lunch. We had the freedom to choose between a variety of different places to eat. Nicole and I decided to divide and conquer. I bought the sushi, she bought the bubble tea, and we split it. It ended up being very fast and efficient leaving me time to mingle, and skim over some more pages of my new book. Since we were already seated in the library food court, we were able to separate again from bus 1 and go straight into the library to search. Here I was also very successful. I had pre-planned the night before and looked up books I was interested in taking out, so I already had my barcode numbers prepped. I was able to find 2 books on  Lady Gaga and a few scripts for my ZAP project, leaving me with enough time to order a mocha before we left.

With my books in my bag and a mocha in my hand, it was time to board the buses and head back to school. I feel like I accomplished my goal for the trip, and I was already able to use one of my books “The Rise and Rise of Lady Gaga” by Maureen Callahan in my eminent intro post. I am very excited for this project and for Night of The Notables. It will be a different experience this year from last, and I think having chosen someone I am very passionate about (Lady Gaga) will make it very fun.

Mother Monster – Lady Gaga

In just over one year, Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, born on March 28, 1986 in Manhattan, New York, U.S., went from being a struggling performer in New York’s Lower East Side to a global pop icon, known as Lady Gaga, the polar opposite of Stefani. Summed up by her stage motto “I’m a free b****!”, she showed the world that it’s okay to be a misfit, and you don’t need to conform to societies rules. As they say, rules are meant to be broken, and thats just what she did.

She struggled through her teenage years with bullying. She wasn’t accepted because her style and personality didn’t follow the norm. “I used to do these really big Evita brows,” Gaga told Rolling Stone in 2011. “I used to self-tan, and I had this really intense tan in school, and people would say, ‘Why the f*** are you so orange, why do you do your hair that way, are you a dyke? Why do you have to look like that for school?’ I used to be called a slut, be called this, be called that. I didn’t even want to go to school sometimes.” But, the survival of high school just added to her drive to become what she wanted and to show all the bullies she was better than them. In 2008, ignoring all judgement from the people around her, she started working with Rob Fusari on her first album. Little did they know, that album would start her multi-platinum career.

Following the release of her debut album, The Fame, featuring “Pokerface”and “Just Dance”, which earned her, her first Grammy Award nomination, she appeared on many red carpet event sporting dresses; including, the bubble dress, the origami dress, and the classic meat dress. She used fashion and makeup as her outlet to express herself.

“At the end of the day

you won’t be happy until you love yourself.”

– Lady Gaga

In 2012, with the release of 5 new albums, The Fame Monster, Born This Way, A Very Gaga Christmas, and 2 remix albums, Singles and Remix, Gaga used her fame to create the Born This Way Foundation alongside her mother, Cynthia Germanotta. The mission being to support youth wellness and empower youth to create a kinder and braver world. Since starting the foundation they have reached out to over 100,000 youth people through  the “3 R’s”: real stories, research, and relationships. There is also an immediate help line for youth struggle with any issues from, body image, to LGBTQ questions, to sexual abuse, to alcohol and drug addictions. Aside from her efforts with youth through her foundation, she also interacts with her fans through Little Monsters, an online website used as an outlet for Gaga’s little monsters (fans) to gather, create, share, and inspire. It is a safe place for all her little monsters to be free and expressive without judgement.

“I want my fans to know that I’m there for them.

I want them to see very part of me.

I am never going to leave them.”

-Lady Gaga

On top of that, Gaga is an outspoken advocate for LGBT. “I very much want to inject gay culture into the mainstream” she said in an interview in Out Magazine. From marching at pride parades to launching her own anti-bullying foundation, Gaga has repeatedly fought for LGBT. In March of 2011, Target refused to support LGBT charities groups to balance donations the company had made to an antigay politician, causing Gaga to walk away from the opportunity to release the exclusive version of her album “Born This Way” throughout their stores. “Part of my deal with Target is that they have to start affiliating themselves with LGBT charity groups and begin to reform and make amends for the mistakes they’ve made in the past … our relationship is hinged upon their reform in the company to support the gay community and to redeem the mistakes they’ve made supporting those antigay groups.” she told Billboard magazine. This act, along with many others, showed her support for the LGBT community, and led her to being very influential advocate.

She continues to inspire those around her. By being herself, and being the weirdest, quirkiest one in the room she hopes to make everyone else feel comfortable in their own skin. If their not the weirdest, what do they have to fear. As mother monster, she’s wants her little monsters to bloom and blossom into unique beings that aren’t afraid of the world. She wants young people to know that being you is the best thing you can be.

In terms of where I want to go with this project, I would like to learn more about Lady Gaga and what she stands for. I would like to go further into her life and find out her drive and modivation for all the things she’s done, and show everyone else how she has influenced our society for the better. 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.