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You saw them in the video – but what do we really know about the strategists behind Edipus Concert? That’s where we come in.

We recently sat down with the two powerhouses and asked them some really tough questions. Who do they prefer: Lady GaGa or Beyoncé? Are they coffee addicts or tea sippers? What’s their astrological sign?

Luckily these women are always on their toes and weren’t the least bit intimidated by our ruthless albeit feckless inquisition.

 

 

Jennifer Hillard
Business Development Manager

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What’s your day job?
Recruiter

Astrological sign?
Gemini – We love to laugh and learn.

Are you more of an Introvert or Extrovert?
Definitely an extrovert.  I know so many introverts and that’s not me…LOL!

What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
An Interpreter (Too bad I can’t speak another language fluently).

Speak any other languages?
I only speak “broken” Spanish

‘I need my coffee’ or ‘I’m a little teapot’?
A little teapot.  I love my tea!

Lady GaGa or Beyonce?
Lady GaGa.

Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall?
Fall. I love my warm sweaters and blankets.

Do you play a musical instrument?
Nope.  I tried learning to play the piano once…didn’t get past learning Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.

Perfect vacation destination?
Paris.  I would visit every year and never get tired of seeing it.

‘Fly me to the moon’ or ‘no thanks, I like Earth’?
Fly me to the moon.  I need to get away from it all.

What song always puts you in a good mood?
As by Stevie Wonder.  Everything by Stevie puts me in a good mood, but this song is my favorite.

East coast or West coast?
West Coast, of course.  I’ve traveled the country and nothing beats the West.

 

 

Ellen Morton
Marketing Consultant

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What’s your day job?
Marketing consultant.

Astrological sign?
Virgo – we’re perfectionists!

Are you more of an Introvert or Extrovert?
My gut says introvert, but I do get energized by other people, so maybe I’m an extrovert, too.

What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
I’d love to give songwriting a try. In fact, I wrote a couple when I was 15.

Speak any other languages?
Spanish!

‘I need my coffee’ or ‘I’m a little teapot’?
I need my coffee! First thing. Strong.

Lady GaGa or Beyonce?
Gaga — I love how she’s evolved over the years.

Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall?
I love them all for different reasons. I guess I like winter the least.

Do you play a musical instrument?
Yes, piano and some very basic guitar.

Perfect vacation destination?
I have always wanted to visit Ireland and Italy… but I also prefer road trips to cool spots here in California!

‘Fly me to the moon’ or ‘no thanks, I like Earth’?
Fly me to the moon! Why not??

What song always puts you in a good mood?
Come Fly With Me by Frank Sinatra

East coast or West coast?
West Coast all the way! East Coast is fun to visit 🙂

 

 

Michael Swearingen

Michael pledging his allegiance to Ed.
Michael pledging his allegiance to Ed.

Meet Michael.  He’s our friend.  

Edipus recently sat down with this barista/local hero and asked him a bunch of questions. Surprisingly, he answered all of them. Not only is Michael a devotee to our cause but he truly believes that men can help fight the stigma of assault by standing alongside those who have survived. 

We like him. We like him very much. 

 

Edipus:  How did you get involved with Edipus? Why?

Michael Swearingen: My friend Janis had told me about this project she was working on and being curious I had a look to see what it was all about. The idea of a concert of all male performers that are standing up against sexual abuse and assault seemed like an amazing way to get a point across to me. Specifically that it’s not just women that are saying “no more!”, but that we ALL can do something especially men who believe that the violence and abuse have to stop.

E: Why is it important that other men be involved?

M.S.: I think that the most important part of men being involved is the fact that it’s men. That we (men) have the ability to turn around and say “Hey! I’m a guy as well and what you’re doing is wrong.” It’s a chance to stand up and be counted in a way. The sad fact is that there are a lot of very sexist men who might not listen to a woman talking about needing to stand up against abuse, or violence, or harassment, but if a “dude” says it maybe they will listen. Saddens me to think that way, but just maybe the more men that stand up and say something will cause others to sit down and listen.

E: Do you believe that men can change the way society views survivors of sexual assault?

M.S.: I would like to think so. The fact is that women are not the only survivors of sexual assaults and abuse and so the more men that have the courage to talk about what happened to them may surprise people and change minds. It’s a very complex reasoning in my head about how society views both genders and how they would view a survivor based on their sex. It happens to people, not just one gender, but people and I think that gets lost in the shuffle a lot of times. I have a feeling that a large majority of the population wouldn’t believe that men can be sexually assaulted, but it happens all the time. To stand up and say “This is what happened to me. Please don’t let it happen to anyone else.” hopefully could be a very empowering thing and cause other men to think differently.

E: Edipus Concert believes that music is an easy way for men to ‘discuss’ the taboo topic of rape. Do you agree?

M.S.:  Most definitely. Music crosses over so many boundaries and borders. It gives people a way to connect sometimes via the emotionality of the music and/or lyrics. You get that song stuck in your head and then you have to play it for your friend because you think it’s so awesome. And then the lyrics start to seep in and you realize what the song is about. It’s already connected with you on that emotional level. I think that music is one of the more powerful ways to get a message across.

E: What change would you like to see happen as Edipus Concert evolves?

M.S.: I would love to see other Edipus Concerts starting up in other areas. I would love to see it evolve naturally across the country. Hell, even across the globe – which would be amazing and awesome. A little idea that spreads and creates something bigger than imagined, and all for a positive reason.

E: Finally, what message would you like to give to the world about Edipus?

M.S.: As a gay man, I have often said that men are inherently pigs. I get disgusted with my own gender at times even though I know I myself have said and done piggish things. Edipus is a chance to show that we aren’t all pigs. A chance to show that we can stand along side our sisters, friends, girlfriends, wives, everyone as equals in trying to make a change for the better and hopefully heal some broken souls.