In part two of my behind-the-scenes look at “The March Family Letters,” we meet the March Sisters through a series of questions I posed to them:
What is your line of work?
As well as working towards a bachelor’s in engineering, I supplement my income by tutoring lower years.
Would you consider yourself to be excessively busy?
Incredibly. But it will be worth it in the end.
How long did you have to pin your hair back to cover up Jo’s mistake? I’m amazed you loaned her your dress after that debacle!
I had to hide my hair for weeks. It was very inconvenient.
And I am amazed at myself too; I don’t know what I was thinking. But it worked out because Jo managed to return the dress to me in a surprisingly flawless condition.
Finally, what is your view regarding and career, marriage and children? How do you intend to juggle/balance all of these?
I believe it is possible to have it all. I intend to work hard at my career to earn enough so I may be financially stable and can enjoy the finer things in life. I will marry an independently wealthy husband and between the two of us, I will be able to settle down comfortably and raise our children.
What is your true ambition?
I want to be able to use what I love to not only support my family, but also to make a difference. The last thing I want is to be stuck doing something with my life that I’m not completely passionate about.
Have you ever been in love and if so, with whom?
I have dated in the past, but saying I was ever in love would be a huge overstatement.
Do you see yourself falling in love?
I mean, it’s possible that I might in the future, but it’s really not something I can picture happening to me at this point.
Do you have hopes of being famous someday?
Being famous isn’t a goal of mine, but I hope that one day my films will make a meaningful impact.
How do you feel about marriage and motherhood, and do you see it as a part of your future? How will you feel if one of your sisters marries first?
Marriage and motherhood are all well and good for some people (and no disrespect to those who choose that path), but I don’t really think it’s for me. I admire my mother and father immensely for all the work and love they put into raising us, but I don’t have a desire to do it myself. It definitely wouldn’t bother me if one of my sisters were to marry first, but I would want them to wait until they’ve had time to experience life as their own person separate from a relationship.
How do you feel around family and friends?
I love my family very much so of course being around my family then makes me happy. They have a way of making me feel like everything will be okay as long as we have each other.
Do you daydream?
When I listen to music I often get lost in the story the music creates for me.
How does music speak to you, and does it speak for you sometimes?
A lot of the time music does speak for me. It is my way of expressing the things I don’t know how to say with just words. One of the most amazing things about music is the way it connects people. The fact the same lyrics can mean so many different things to so many different people, and yet it brings those people together is one of the many things that makes music so beautiful.
Do you hope to become a successful artist, one who can make her living by creating and selling her art?
I do indeed have aspirations of being a successful artist, for I fear that keeping my talents to myself would be a terribly selfish thing to do. I think the world is in need of a fresh perspective and a powerful young female artist, and I am here to provide.
What art medium are you most talented at?
I prefer drawing in ink-based tools as to properly master them you must be quite sure of your talents and your instincts. And I believe that is what is best captured by my work, an instinctive confidence in the undiscovered and the imperfections of aesthetics.
Does your art have any particular message?
I try to most dubiously depict the supernatural in order to create a commentary on our society’s absurd beauty standards, and its phobia of aberrate social constructs. The mere concept of “social norms” irritates me to my core, as I believe we are all but visitors on this planet, and thus we cannot conceivably adhere to arbitrary rules made up by years of bias and misinformed history. I am appalled that my sisters and I will face challenges and discrimination as persons whom would fall under the category of “non-traditional” identities, because I think each of us offer our own unique beauty and talent to the world.
Are you drawn to the bohemian life?
I cannot say that I am, though I will recognize the challenge the ideology presents.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
I see myself at the prestigious École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and at the top of my class, perhaps while doing a fellowship.
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