ABRACADABRA, I now transform you into an... ostrich! Yeah, I know, it's not very hot but that's all I can do for now, because I don't have the chance to Hogwarts. Okay, I'm going to stop here because I didn't read Harry Potter and I don't know anything else about it. Oh yeah, there's a ginger love story right? Okay, I'll pass.
Today we're welcoming an uncommon artist, and that's not because she's japanese that I say that. But just read the interview, you'll understand!
-So! Present yourself! Name, surname, why did your parents called you that way.
-My name is Florence Akiko Minowa, but I go by Flo usually. My parents named me after the city in Italy.
-That's a great name and city. Where are you from?
-I'm from Tokyo, Japan. I was born and raised here, but I received an American education at the American School in Japan, so I'm more fluent in English than Japanese.
-Okay that's uncommon. Why did your parents gave you an american education?
-Well, it's more my mother's preference. She's Japanese as well but she was raised in Southern California, and moved to Japan only after graduating from UCLA. So she wanted me to be bilingual as well.
-And thanks to that, you're now featured on FML. How old are you and what's your job?
-Haha thank you. Yes. I'm currently 22 and I'm unemployed since I'm still a full time undergraduate at Soka University of America in California.
-In the art section I guess?
-Actually, not at all! Humanities is my concentration, but it's a liberal arts school. I continue art on my own time basically, more as a passion. But I'm looking into pursuing it for grad school.
-Wow, that's uncommon too! What are your nex projects?
-Ha! Okay, well I'm kinda at the crux of figuring that out. Career-wise I've yet to figure it out. But my plans for this summer is to take a couple months traveling around Europe. I'll be living in France, actually, through all of July to learn French! haha After that, I'll be backpacking to Switzerland, Austria and Germany using the rail. A little traveling is always helpful for inspiration!
-Why did you choose this FML story?-Haha well, I've been an enormous /enormous/ Harry Potter fan since I can remember and I've been drawing fan arts of J.K.Rowling's characters since high school--still do, today, which I share on my online gallery. But when I stumbled upon this FML about a year ago, I guffawed and shared it with all my friends. Then this opportunity came up and I just thought this was my chance! Honestly, I would loooove for any of my friends to do this to me! *hint hint*
-Let's hope they read this interview. Thank you very much Florence, that was fun!
Little reminder, Japan still needs a little help, if you want, you can donate anything, even a single dollar, right here. Thank you!
Florence's website: http://selene231.deviantart.com/
If you want to be the next published artist, send me an email to alice [at] fmylife.com including a link to your website/blog/DA. But DON'T send your illustration right away! You need first to get in touch with me, and I'll tell you what you have to do!