Weekly Report 12
Last year my mentor was a professor; I could not have asked for anything more. Ms. Vernon taught me a great deal about the career and about art itself. I have improved massively and feel much more confident about pursuing this path in college. This year, however, I felt as though I needed something different. I did not want to focus on painting and art, but rather on the business of being a painter. For that reason, I have asked someone who creates art for a living.
Her name is Zahra Jahanyfard. It was her organizational skills that led me to ask her to be my mentor. Ms. Jahanyfard plans every month, week, and day meticulously in order to live out her passion; she knows exactly what she needs and how to pursue it. I mean, her day-job is drawing charcoal portraits. She creates art for a living; she does not work an odd job or anything of the sort. That alone is absolutely incredible. The way she has managed to successfully pursue her career with, frankly, insignificant compromises is astounding. I want to learn from Ms. Jahnyfard; I want to foster initiative and motivation like she has.
Organization and initiative have always been weaknesses of mine. That is why ISM has proven so beneficial; it has allowed me to develop those skills. It is difficult for me to plan every detail of my day and stick to that schedule. Stress tends to lead to procrastination and laziness. That is why I see Ms. Jahanyfard as the perfect mentor; her strengths are my weaknesses. I know she will challenge me and help me foster better habits.