Mentor Visit Assessment #3
Mentor: Zahra Jahanyfard
Profession: Fine Artist
Location: 2355 Lebanon Rd, Frisco, TX 75034
Time: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Mrs. Jahanyfard put it in simple terms for me. Art compels and pushes a person to improve and change, and not just in regards to art but also one’s life. Through the process of pursuing betterment and challenge, one has to find ways to change his or her habits and self. A consequence of trying to improve in one area leads to improvement in another. Mrs. Jahanyfard shared with me that whenever she attempts to improve as a painter, she finds herself reflecting in other parts of her life; this leads to betterment her in organization and mindset also.
This is something I should have already realized and probably consciously knew at one point. Honestly, it angers me that I did not consciously think this throughout my time in ISM II. Art is not something to tunnel vision into; it broadens one’s world. By exploring art one may find growth in many other different areas, and it comes from the mindset art brings. All of last year I attempted to grow as a painter. This quest and challenge, which involved the one hundred paintings I made, encouraged me to also improve me writing, and presentation skills. Moreover, I learned more about what compels me to improve and began learning of ways to best develop my talents and weaknesses. At the time I thought, if I am trying my best in one thing, why not all. It was that change in mindset that motivated me to act in this way. I wanted to grow as a painter, but to do so I had to give it my best effort; while pursuing this, I realized I should put my whole effort in everything I do.
It is vital for me to now, at the very least, begin seeking improvement once more. This brought me success last year; my goal is that it will do so again. Of course that would involve constant reflection and effort, but it would be worth it. I have learned and seen from my mentor and past experiences that the rewards for effort feel much greater than the risks. Achieving success, improving feels incredibly satisfying. Even when one fails, it can motivate them to improve. In a sense, that is what I hope it will do for me this last few months of school. I feel like I have not done justice to the opportunities ISM gives me.
This mentor visit encouraged me to change this doubt and guilt I feel. Now I want to grow and improve more than ever. I am inspired to be the best I can be not to prove anything to anyone other than myself, but to do justice to the opportunities and sacrifices others have taken for me. The best way to do this is to create a worthy final product.
I am working with a friend to create a video promoting the arts in Frisco. This requires us to conduct various interviews in a timely fashion. This mentor visit has compelled me to not just do this well, but, instead, to give it my full effort. It is genuinely exciting; I will be meeting with professionals from all sorts of careers. This change of pace already feels great!
Two things must be done to make this product worthwhile: First, I need to stick to the schedule. Organization has always been a weakness, but recently I have begun to address it to a much higher degree. By keeping pace and continuously being productive, I will ensure everything goes according to plan. Secondly, I need to be prepared. Most of these interviews are with types of professionals I have never encountered in the past. I need to be ready to converse with them and act in an appropriate way best fit to the environment. Moreover, I cannot waste their time; it is important for me to ask questions worthwhile questions. I have spent too long pondering one what needs to be improved; this mentor visit highlighted the fact that I need to take action. Improvement can only be accomplished through effort. I know the rewards are great, so I will seek to give everything I do my all.