How do you feel about taking your clothes off in front of other people? Maybe in the locker room it’s acceptable, but could you slowly strip down to your bare assets and parade around? And if you did, how would you feel about yourself? It was with those questions in mind that Dana M. remembers working on her thesis entering the first of many strip bars with the goal to figure out how the audience and the entertainers perceived each other. Dana was curious about the lives and the meta-perceptional accuracy of exotic entertainers and the people who watch them. Not the typical research topic but she did what she always did; she took a creative and calculated risk. Was it risky research? Definitely. Boring? NO WAY!
For as long as she can remember, Dana’s decisions have never been conservative, especially when she rode to work on a motorcycle and would go skydiving for happy hour. (She rates around an 80% risk taker on risk personality surveys, like www.Queendom.com). By leveraging her early relationships with teachers and family members, she recognized the value of forging her own creative path with guidance from her network of supporters. She parlayed this creativity and risk taking into different personal and professional pursuits. Sometimes she was successful, other times she chalked it up to learning experiences.
The Hot Momma’s Project and George Washington University