On Thursday the 23rd of May, I interviewed David Kaley for my Capstone Project. David Kaley is currently the Associate Costume Designer for Disney’s Frozen on Broadway. He designs all the Disney’s Frozen costumes at the Amsterdam Theater in New York City. I interviewed David Kaley because I wanted to interview somebody who had a lot of experience with Costume Design. For example, David Kaley has designed costumes for eleven different Broadway Shows. Some of these shows include: Disaster: The Musical,It Shoulda Been You, Cabaret and The Addams Family to name a few.
For setting up my interview I wrote David Kaley an email introducing myself, explaining our project and requesting if I could possibly interview him. To my surprise, he emailed me right back and said yes. I asked David Kaley 16 questions.
These are the questions that I prepared to ask David Kaley about Costume Design:
Why did you want to become a costume designer?
What experience do you have as a costume designer?
What skills do you need to have to be a costume designer?
How important is it to know the character when designing the costume?
What research do you need to know about the character before you make the costume and where do you find it?
What materials do you need to design a costume?
Who do you consult with when coming up with designs?
Do you have people to help you? If so, how many people and what are their responsibilities?
Can you describe the steps from start to finish, including the length of time needed?
What do you focus on when designing a costume?
What kind of approval do you need for your designs before they go into production, while you’re working on costumes, and when you’re done? If so, who is in charge of approval? (For example, stage manager, producer, etc.)
Do you create your designs at the theater or is there a specific place you work?
Is there any specific technology that you use to assist you?
What was one of your most favorite costume designs and why?
What do you enjoy most about your job? Least?
Is there any other information you think that’s important for me to know about costume design?
In the beginning of my interview I felt nervous but also excited at the same time. When I got to the Amsterdam Theater, the security guard led me into the costume design office. David greeted me and seemed excited about our interview. We spent one hour going through my questions.
In conclusion, I thought David Kaley gave me a lot of information about Costume Design. I was surprised at how many people help to make the costumes. I can’t wait to use the information he shared with me to put into my presentation.
Reflecting on the entire immigration project, I enjoyed learning about how my Dad felt moving to America as a fifth grader. Coming up with questions for the interview was challenging because you had to make questions that would provide you with a lot of information.
When I interviewed my Dad, I had someone videotape the interview. I then typed out all the information that my Dad shared with me. I found the Spark video to be very hard because I only had ten seconds per slide. I would have liked to shared more information that I learned in my interview but felt I had to create smaller sentences in my narration.
I found this project interesting because it explained a lot how people felt when they immigrated to America. And I was happy with how my Spark video turned out.
On Sunday April 7th, I sat down and interviewed my Dad on his immigration journey to America from South Africa on December 16, 1985. I asked 15 questions about his experience that I had previously prepared. I made sure these questions would provide me with lots of information about his immigration story and tried to include many “green light” questions to get the most information.
What I learned from interviewing my Dad is that when he immigrated to America, it was difficult for his family financially, emotionally and physically. Although my Dad was excited to live in America, he also had to move in the middle of 5th Grade and he was nervous about making new friends. I found the interview really interesting because I was able to learn how someone may feel when they immigrate.
Overall, I learned that immigrating is hard and takes a while to adjust to a new country. I also learned from my Dad’s experience that one of the reasons why people immigrate to America is to hopefully build a better future for themselves.
My class was assigned to do a immigration project. I started to wonder of who I could interview. I suddenly remembered that my Dad immigrated. My Dad immigrated from South Africa to America.
In preparing for my interview, I did some research on immigration and what immigrants have to go through. From researching, I had some ideas of what my questions could be to ask my Dad. My class was assigned to do 10-15 questions. I came up with 15 questions. I made sure that the questions were informational so I could make a Spark video. My teacher also assigned my class to do a Spark video of who we’re interviewing.
I think this interview will go well because I already know a lot about immigration and my Dad’s story. I am excited to learn more about my Dad’s journey to America and how he felt as a fifth grade student coming to a new country.