In-Depth Blog Post 2

Hello and welcome to my second In-Depth blog post. This post will be covering the events of the first meeting I had with my mentor as well as applying the principles of the first three chapters of How to Have a Beautiful Mind.

The meeting began with my mentor introducing himself since this is the first time I had met him (even if it wasn’t in person). My mentor first started DJing when he and his friends organized a party for their high school graduation. Before his set, he had unfortunately sprained his ankle and was DJing on crutches. Partway through the set, he managed to sprain his other ankle but still had to keep going. My mentor did his first residency at a bar on Broadway after finding a craigslist ad, he says that is where he learned the most about DJing. Most notably my mentor completed another residency at the Celebrity’s night club in Vancouver, one of the primary destinations for touring DJs in Vancouver. Next, my mentor and I discussed my goal for the project, to play an original live DJ set, and went over some of the necessary skills to do so. My mentor said that he thought that crowd reading was the most important skill to learn when it comes to live DJing. Finally, we went over the equipment on software that I would be using during the project and he gave feedback on some of the music I have personally produced.

Now onto applying the principles of the first three chapters of How to Have a Beautiful Mind. During these chapters, a concept that I noticed a lot in our meeting was the concept of the logic bubble. During our meeting, we primarily established our own logic bubbles and because of this, there wasn’t much to use in terms of agreeing, disagreeing and differing skills. During the meeting, we discussed each other’s musical backgrounds and goals to establish an understanding of each other’s logic bubbles. As discussed in the how-to agree section “remove your ego from the situation and discussion and focus instead on the subject matter” was a big part of our meeting since we were both primarily asking the other person questions to form an understanding of each other’s logic bubbles. During our meeting, I found that we were able to agree on a lot of points but agree in meaningful ways as described in How to Have a Beautiful Mind. Moving onto differing and disagreeing, there were not many opportunities to explore either because of the subject matter of the meeting. As stated earlier the primary goal of our meeting was to establish each other’s goals and how to move forward with the project which, perhaps thankfully, we didn’t disagree on much. Nonetheless, I think the meeting was a very good example of applying the how to agree section as well as the concept of logic bubbles.

Overall, I think my first meeting with my mentor went very well. We were able to instantly form a connection over our shared passion for music as well as talking about each other’s ideas on how to progress with the project, which overlapped often. I thoroughly enjoyed reading through the first three chapters of How to Have a Beautiful mind even if I wasn’t able to apply the principles as directly in our meeting outside of the how-to agree section. I am looking forward to continuing as well as applying the disagreeing and differing chapters of How to Have a Beautiful Mind in the coming weeks.