Interview En L’air Online Arts Blog
In addition to his artistic activities, Armando is also active in the journalistic field. Armando Braswell founded Interview en l’ air as a portal for networking and stimulating dance makers at the international level and as an inspiration and impetus to the discourse on dance and debates on the topics of dance professionals and artists and what drives them. The importance of this work , which gives an insight into the thoughts and inspiration of dance artists worldwide , and which he publishes regularly in his series Interview en l’air , is of a big importance and enriching the world of dance with special human perspectives on the creative horizon of dance artists .
What is Interview En L’air?
A more public version of Interview En L’air started as a small blog where I featured weekly interviews of dance inspired artists that inspire me. I was on a intense schedule of collecting and publishing interviews and everyone around me thought I was crazy. It was like my third child… and it still is. This continued this way for three years with a great success. I was lucky to interview many amazing artists and have a growing platform to share it with the international dance community. In 2016, I decided to expand the website to include more topics, more artistic genres and more points of view. After an international online search, I added 30 new contributors to the new Interview En L’air // Online Arts Journal, each with a unique column idea and it didn’t have to be interviews. Every week I publish 5 to 7 columns on interviewenlair.com and send the weekly email to over 1000 subscribers. Even though the website has expanded, I will continue to contribute. The original interview series goes on and I have even added a few new columns of my own.
When did you began to write and how was Interview En L’air was born?
After being rejected from the company of my university dreams for the final time, I started to think about my dance career in a different way. I knew I had to dance for some more years, but I felt more strongly about making a difference in the dance community. Writing was never something I wanted to do, It just happened. More than writing, I love conversation. In the very early stages, Interview En L’air started as small conversations that I have had with different dance related artists and my desire to share that info. Most of these conversations happened during my professional training and early career. In 2012, I started to write down some of the things I remembered from my conversations…over time that turned into a list of artists that have influenced me or inspired me. One day I organized myself and sent out my first e-mails asking artists to participate. Since that day, I have completed over 100 Interviews.
Why are you doing this? What are your goals for Interview En L´air?
Why… that is the question. When I started this everyone thought it was a waste of time. Because it did not make money, they wondered why am I doing it? I have answered many different ways, but the simplest is… I believe that it could have a positive effect on the people reading it… therefore a positive effect on the arts community. Does that sound sappy?
At the moment I am working on telling the world about Interview En L’air and raising money to keep it alive. I pay for everything myself and as it grows, so do my costs. I have a great team of amazing creative people who believe in what I am doing. My goal is to pay them. As for Interview En L’air itself, I only hope that it continues to grow. I hope to find other blogs and magazines to collaborate with.