Document of learning // Eminent 2017-18

This year for my Eminent speech, I decided to draw inspiration from different sources of P!nk’s career, referencing old and new. Since her career is so lush and inspiring, rather than being hard to find something to talk about, it was harder to narrow down on something. I wanted to choose something that really highlighted her personality clearly and felt natural to say as if she were really talking about herself.

The most challenging part by far was editing the speech to make it sound like her. Yes, I am fully aware that the first draft sounds super starchy and scripted (and not like something she would actually say, might I add) but it was a process of making it sound natural since it’s not actually from my perspective.

A point that I really took interest in was what she said in her AMA speech. Her daughter had been bullied in school because she decided to dress more masculine. Of course, P!nk facing the same adversity herself throughout her career, she decided to take the opportunity on stage and make some very important points. A pare that stood out for me particularly was this:

“Do you see me growing out my hair?” “No mama.” “Do you see me changing my body?” “No mama.” “Do you see me selling out arenas all over the world?” “Yes mama.”

The context and rawness of that part of the speech really stuck with me. Which is why I decided to add that part of her speech to mine.

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As you can see in my outline, I originally wanted to revolve me speech around androgynous artists and how important and prominent they are in the industry. However, since the time limit for the speeches are two minutes, so I obviously couldn’t fit that much content into the time span. I don’t think it would be doing the topic justice to mention it only briefly.


First draft:

You probably know me as the punk, bold and righteous tom-boy who dwells in the music industry; yep. That’s me. I don’t really have a name for my style yet- but don’t worry. I’m working on it.

My career has been based around being singled out. My stage name, P!nk, actually was to make fun of me at first, to reference Mr. Pink from Reservoir Dogs. But… I don’t really care. I embraced that name and made it a part of who I am. Not to be cheesy but that’s what makes me different. There are always going to be people that make fun of you, and I’ve just kind of learned to ignore the ones trying to tell me to be something I’m not.

One day, my daughter, Willow, said there were kids bullying her at school. Calling her a boy because she likes to dress more masculine. Everywhere I go people are asking “isn’t your hair too short?” “aren’t you too… manly for a woman?” “you seem really out there for a girl.” I’ve learned to disregard them. However, it was something specific about a fellow 6 year old being able to say such hurtful words at such a young age.

I asked her: what do you think of me? People tell me all the time that I look like a boy. I said “do you see me growing out my hair?” she replied “no mama” “do you see me changing my body?” “no mama” “do you see me selling out arenas all over the world?” “yes mama.”


Like I said before, the intro to the speech is really (in my opinion) cringy and could definitely use some work. I also talked to some people around the class, and they suggested that I a scene to my speech and present it as if I was in that moment in time. This ended up working out when we worked out transitions in class. Elyjah had the idea to implement his Eminent person’s Oscar acceptance, and coincidentally I was thinking of doing the same thing. Even though the awards are different in real life, he will hand me the same trophy prop.


Second draft:

Wow, thank you so much. Thank you to my family, to MTV for presenting me with award. Thank you so much to my fans, i love you all and I couldn’t do it without you. I never expected to receive a michael jackson video vanguard award, this is an incredible honour, thank you. I know I don’t have a lot of time to deliver an acceptance speech, but the one thing I would I need to say is that this is a night about creativity and individuality.

My career has been based around being singled out- being an individual. My stage name, P!nk, actually was to make fun of me at first, to reference Mr. Pink from Reservoir Dogs. But… I never really minded. I embraced that name and made it a part of who I am. Not to be cheesy but that’s what makes every single one of us different. There are always going to be people that make fun of you, and I’ve just kind of learned to ignore the ones trying to tell me to be something I’m not.

However, one day, my daughter, Willow, said there were kids bullying her at school. Calling her a boy because she likes to dress more masculine. Everywhere I go people are asking “isn’t your hair too short?” “aren’t you too… manly for a woman?” “you seem really out there for a girl.” I’ve learned to disregard them. However, it was something specific about a fellow 6 year old being able to say such hurtful words at such a young age.

I asked her: what do you think of me? People tell me all the time that I look like a boy. I said “do you see me growing out my hair?” she replied “no mama” “do you see me changing my body?” “no mama” “do you see me selling out arenas all over the world?” “yes mama.”


My third and final draft of my speech, I fine tweaked and removed the words that conveyed uncertainty (kind of, um, etc). Since P!nk is a powerful speaker and I on the other hand get very nervous, I was worried that I would say things like that on the night of by accident. I consulted my peers and they told me to pause and just think for a moment- as pausing can be a purposeful device used to add effect (spoiler, I did end up doing this while performing).


 Final Draft
Wow, thank you so much. Thank you to my family, to MTV for presenting me with award. Thank you so much to my fans, I love you all and I couldn’t do it without you. I never expected to receive a michael jackson video vanguard award, this is an incredible honour. I know I don’t have a lot of time to deliver an acceptance speech, but the one thing I would I need to say is that this is a night about creativity and individuality.
My career has been based around being singled out- being an individual. My stage name, P!nk, actually was to make fun of me at first, to reference Mr. Pink from Reservoir Dogs. But… I never really minded. I embraced that name and made it a part of who I am. That’s what makes every single one of us different. There are always going to be people that make fun of you, and I’ve just learned to ignore the ones trying to tell me to be something I’m not.


However, one day, my daughter, Willow, said there were kids bullying her at school. Calling her a boy because she likes to dress more masculine. Being made fun of for the exact same things I have been my entire career: “isn’t your hair too short?” “aren’t you too… manly for a woman?” “you seem really out there for a girl.” I’ve learned to disregard them. However, she hasn’t yet. She is only 6 years old.


I asked her: what do you think of me? People tell me all the time that I look like a boy. I said “do you see me growing out my hair?” she replied “no mama” “do you see me changing my body?” “no mama” “do you see me selling out arenas all over the world?” “yes mama.”


In the end, I am very happy with how my speech was written. I believe that I accurately conveyed P!nk’s emotion through her hardships- presentation however, is a different story. I will have made a separate blog post about this, how I felt, and the events that took place throughout the day. If you read this far, thanks! I really appreciate it. This blog post is unusually long (because of the repetition in the text and speech drafts) but I hope you learned something about the process and/or my Eminent person. Bye!

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