Second Interview with Judi Shekoni

Please note: Boom! Make some noise is happening TOMORROW April 14th, 2012, at the Ministry of Sound, London. Click the poster at the bottom for FREE tickets and info.

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Again, I was given the opportunity to speak with Judi Shekoni about her involvement with Bite the Ballot, the BOOM! event at the Ministry of Sound this weekend and of course, her work on Breaking Dawn and the Twilight Saga in general. Links to these events and more will be at the bottom!

Here’s part one of the interview. The second part will be posted up next week!

UKT: Hi Judi, thanks for talking to me again so early in the morning.

Judi: It’s not too early, I’m in New York now working on some things.

UKT: There’s a big event coming up this weekend [April14th] at the Ministry of Sound in London, what can you tell me about it?

Judi: Yes it’s great, I can’t make it back for the event because I’ll be working but I know all about it and I’m trying to give my support.

UKT: So, how are you lending your support?

Judi: We’ve put some things on tape with me talking about it, how it works and there’ll be press releases on Twitter, whatever I can from being on the other side of the world! Obviously it would be better if I were actually there but I’ll lend my support in the best way I can. By doing this [interview] reaching the Twilight audience because it’s the perfect age.

UKT: With this event in particular, why do you think it’s important to get involved in the Mayoral Elections?

Judi: I think they’ve done it for this one because it’s the first one [election] since things started for things to come together so the kids can explore and show how powerful they can be and how they can affect change so that when it comes to a general election they can see what works and how they can get the word out.

UKT: How do you think events like this will persuade them to step into a polling booth and that their vote counts?

Judi: In a couple of different ways, one – opening up awareness so they understand that they should be voting, that they understand when to vote, and that they’re given the opportunity to know how to vote. I think a lot of the youth don’t even know that, and the opportunity could come and go and they wouldn’t even know they really had it; and then I think peer pressure knowing that their friends are doing it, and other young people are doing it and people in the public eye are voting, so there’s a kind of cool factor. So a mixture of all those things. It may not happen [make a difference] this year but I think slowly and surely there will be a trickle down effect so it becomes something that is natural and organic and feel like something they should do.

UKT: Would you agree that every young person who believes that their vote doesn’t count is doing away with a say in how this country is governed?

Judi: Absolutely. It’s not just about voting. It’s about being involved in things that interest you and affect your community and trying to make a difference as a whole. If that can be inspired by voting then, they’ll realize what power they have as an individual. I think ideally, this event would make people vote straight away but it’s just making an awareness that their voice counts, it’s their country and people do care what they think.

UKT: What can people expect at the event at the Ministry of Sound?

Judi: There’s going to be DJ’s, there’s going to be actors and actresses, politicians, there’s going to be a lot of information about making it easier to vote and about how it works and about how you can have an impact. There’s going to be a lot of fun things, it’s not just about going into a polling booth where the youth expect a lot of old people (laughs). It’s not about shuffling along a line then shuffling off home! The event at the MoS is about making it something social and current, fun and entertaining while raising awareness so people want to vote more. It’s an event about now, our culture and about making a difference.

UKT: What do you say to the Twilight fans in the UK who are now part of the voting population who’s lives are mainly about going out and further education and think that it’s OK to leaving the decision on who runs the country to their parents?

Judi: I think this is where this event will help. It will show how they can be in control of things like when they go to university and how much they get in grants. Even with jobs and the minimum pay they get. Every part of our lives in governed by rules and regulations, and what we are saying is if you take the time to put that X in the box, you can be a part of making those rules and be part of that infrastructure which is going to affect every part of your life.

Judi: The world has changed so much now. We have things like social media, and their parents were born when cell phones and the internet didn’t exist. So to leave the decisions in this country down to an older generation who aren’t aware of the things that appear on this type of media especially when you think this kind of media was created by the youth of today. It’s important that they take the control through that media.

UKT: So the youth of today need to take a hold of it and run with it? (laughs)

Judi: They do! Otherwise they’re going to be left living with the decisions made by people who have been around for so long – they are old fashioned decisions that are just archaic! (laughs).

Check back with us next week for part 2 of the interview!

Boom! Make some noise is happening TOMORROW April 14th at the Ministry of Sound, London. Click the poster below for FREE tickets and info.

You can find more information on the ‘Bite the Ballot’ campaign at

www.bitetheballot.co.uk

Boom! Event on Facebook

Boom! Event Site

Judi’s website is Judishekoni.com

Judi’s Twitter

Ministry of Sound on Facebook

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