The Heroine’s Journey of Aliénor Schmitlin

What is the best thing that I love about my work? Singing  beautiful music and sharing it with people feeling fully alive with this vibrations of singing, dancing, acting

What is my idea of happiness? To be at the perfect place that life has made for you, and always with an open heart, even if it’s tough time… Sun is always behind clouds

Photo credits: Capucine de Chocqueuse

What is my greatest fear? to loose my passion and my freedom

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? still having doubts on me, and being too hard with myself sometimes

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? Julie Andrew, Barbara Streisand, Ludovic Tézier, Cassandre Berthon and Jonas Kaufman, Ermonela Jaho (singers) so talented, hard workers  and sharing their soul in their art

What is my greatest extravagance?
being myself

On what occasion would I lie? I try never to do it

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? there is a lot of ego and power in this environnement, and it brings to forget the reason why everybody is there : music. And also it’s harder for women

When and where was I the happiest, in my work? Everytime  i sing on stage with an audience opéra or musical. when i feel the audience and when i can let it go. It’s such a fantastic thing to sing on stage such beautiful music with different emotions, and be able to act and dance  ( i loooooove tip tap…. the joyful sound of it). When i feel discouraged or sad, i listen to one song : « I got rythm” of Gershwin in “An American in Paris” : there is so much love, life, joy and simplicity in it! Gene Kelly there is absolutly fantastic! and I’m so amazed by his wife Patricia Kelly and all the work she is doing

If I could, what would I change about myself?
Be kinder and more patient with myself to dare more follow up on what I truly feel inside, I have too much to express with singing, acting, painting, dancing, writing…. to dare being more creative

What is my greatest achievement in work? during a concours, i felt a big connection with the audience, and when I left the stage, people came to say” thank you”, “we are REALLY moved”. this dayI understood what a singer/artist ‘s mission is : to be in a way/messenger of something so much greatest than all of us. ce que je veux dire c’est être un vecteur mais je ne sais pas comment le dire 

Where would I most like to live? where I feel good with people that I love, close to nature ocean for surf and scuba diving. But actually in Paris I like it, I would like to be too in New York or London

What is my most treasured possession? Freedom

What is my most marked characteristic?
Authenticity, energic, being spontanious, full of life, radiant

What is my most inspirational location, in my city? walking around the canal de l’Ourcq

What is my favorite place to eat and drink, in my city? Fuji Yahki close to la Bastille, a lebanise restaurant Rue du Bois Levant in Paris

What books influenced my life and how?
biography of Sarah  Bernhardt, learning that she worked as a nurse during the war, while her art didn’t take her away of her life, and from what she wanted. 
“Mes voyages avec Hérodote” written by Ryszard Kapuscinski, I love this writer, he is amazing and he helped me a lot to be open minded, and he reminds us that we are always on a pilgrimage in our lives

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? « into the West » , Annie Lennox or Liebestod in Tristan und Isold of Wagner

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? Mary Poppins, Violetta in Opéra Traviata, Eliza Doolittle in “My Fair Lady”, so many

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?
Sebastiao Salgado and Lélia Wanick Salgado
Daniel Day Lewis
Bono and Meryl Streep

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime?
The lord of the Rings

What role play stories in my life and work? I have always enjoyed stories as a child. In fact, all stories inspire me, in a different way . We need stories to help us opening our vision of life, especially to inspire women !

What do the words ‘You are the storyteller of your own life’ to me?
It means you have a destiny to achieve and to write it with your own terms. I’m the person who is leading my way of life, following my instinct, my heart

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? A few good friends and myself !

Which people or companies would I like to work with in 2022? I would love to work in a compagny of Operette and musical in France, Broaway, Disney studio, dubbing studio brothers

What project, in 2022, am I looking forward to work on? making my own show/comedy/spectacle, it will be around woman with crazy songs from opéra, operette and musical, really excited about it!
singing with amazing people!!!

Where can you see me or my work in 2022?
Concerts in Paris, others exciting events are coming….

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? Passion will never die, going with my soul when I die if I don’t sing for few days, I feel really bad, and it needs to get out of myself with dancing, painting or writing

Which creative professionals should Peter invite to tell their story?
Marie Solene Chéreau, Anouchka Palmerini, Jérôme Gay, Patricia Kelly

How can you contact me?
facebook Schmitlin Aliénor or instagram @alienorschmitlin

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