Tell Me a Story

by PJ Ortiz Luis

The online portfolio of Pacifico "PJ" Ortiz Luis, a storyteller utilizing different mediums of art including film photography, dance, and performance poetry.

The Lion Tamer

I'm currently trying to accomplish the daunting task of creating a Dancer CV, and am going through a few years of records, blogs, journals, photos, videos, etc to properly notate everything.  I ran into an e-mail response to a business writing professor I had in 2007... 

The assignment was to simply write a resume.  So I decided to turn in a resume applying for the job of a Lion Tamer.

Below is what he wrote me back after I turned it in: 


Truly a “manly job.”
You’re one of the more interesting students I’ve had in a long time.
Please don’t become conventional like the rest of us.  
But, keep your head in the “real world” too.

 

Definitely in introspective mode right now.  I'm not a conventional person by any means.  But I sometimes I feel like I'm still unsure what this concept of the "real world" is that people refer to.  To me, the real world is what you define as real.  I've heard people refer to it as something harsh and unforgiving...but I think its up to the person to define what the real world is to them.  To me, the real world is embracing the fact that I'm a little eccentric and using that to my advantage amongst people who live in their "real world".  The real world is a fun place to live in.  So take THAT professor!

P.S.  The photo of sea lions is because I haven't had the opportunity to photograph land lions yet.