Bonfire

Brandee:
Yes, absolutely. It’s a very conscious switchover from how I am when I’m just existing to now I am the person, the leader in parkour community who is Brandee. It’s really just a matter of thinking about generating energy, because in those moments especially with things like warm-up, especially for a large event with so many people who don’t know each other yet and this, that and the other thing, it’s really important that someone, in my opinion that the people who are in front of them are able to sort of pick up the slack. And I guess it’s almost streamlining them to where I want them to be, which is just as energetic and excited as I’m presenting myself to be. There is definitely a moment, I mean, I can be having a terrible morning and just feel garbage.

Craig:
Blah.

Brandee:
Mm-hmm (affirmative). But once that clock ticks over and it’s time to stand in front of people, that can’t be there on the floor. Because just like you said, I can light up a room, I can also turn a room into a stormy mess, so the power goes both ways.

Craig:
Do you do that on purpose?

Brandee:
I can. I try not to.

Craig:
Please don’t do it now.

Brandee:
Yeah, well especially in younger days with less emotional control, I would do it on accident, just not be able to filter myself correctly and just bring people down. Which is not ever what I want to do. It’s just sort of that train wreck status where you’re just watching yourself be this way and then only later when I feel more regulated can I say oh, geez, I was a real asshole. So the coaching persona and the leader of a big group persona is definitely a conscious effort to just take all of my most energetic ideas and ways of being, just blast it out to everybody else.

Craig:
Channel… yeah.

Brandee:
Yeah. I always think of it as people talk about passion and the spark, like having a flame. So I just think of it as if I can become a ginormous bonfire, then perhaps I can start setting other people on fire, like putting out a bunch of sparks and maybe it’ll catch.

Craig:
It’s like standing in front of a lighthouse, you’re just like… wow, like it sweeps by and you’re like, I better jump higher, or whatever we’re doing.

Brandee:
Yeah.

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