This is my first podcast I have ever done. There was plenty of other subjects I could have picked, but I had always been curious about skateboarding… as a girl. Growing up, my mom never let me skateboard because it was a “boy thing.” My friends at the time all skateboarded, but I would watch them outside my house. When presented with this project for my class, I knew this is what I had to do it on.
There were many challenges that quickly arose, the first being that this wasn’t my first project idea. My proposal was to do it on a group of boys making their way in the skate industry, but my professor quickly shut it down. Instead, he proposed I find a group of girls and apply the same thing to them.
The next issue became, where do I find girl skaters? On a lucky Sunday night, at Ponderosa, I saw them. I saw the girl skaters I had to interview. I was afraid of rejection; I was afraid of them. After about 30 minutes of staring at them, and overhearing one of the girls say, “It’s too crowded, we should leave…” I worked up my courage as an anthropologist and went up to her.
“Hi, my name’s Esly and I was wondering if I could ask you some questions…” Little did I know that would trigger a 2 hour conversation with Eliane and Sam.
This project took me a total of approximately 3 months to finish due to my own version of writer’s block but with audio, having a lot of technical difficulties, and lacking the amount of interviews and meet ups I wanted with the girls. I finally finished, got 100% in the class, and will be showcased at the Anthropological showcase either this winter 2016 or next spring 2017. I have never been more excited to finally produce something. This really marks the beginning of my future projects and Adolescent Lounge has the honor of giving it the first listen.