This week we entered the “SL” world and I interviewed Vanessa Blaylock. This was a completely new and unique experience I’ve never had before. I’ve played some WoW in my day, but had never been in a virtual world like this. Vanessa explained to me that the SL world is very similar to RL (real life) as well. She told me how they have a person in SL that sells shoes and made 1 million U.S. dollars in over 3 years! She explained to me that since she has her own career professing art, she likes to be able to have freedom in whatever she creates with her virtual creations and that money can influence the decisions people make so doesn’t focus on how she could make money in SL. She has been a part of marches where everyone in SL comes together to support a real life cause that is going on in RL and since they can’t physically be there, they do something in SL. Vanessa explained to me that there are RL musicians who will be singing/playing music in their studio and have their avatar perform for them in real time in SL. I would have never known that any of these things existed, yet alone were even possible, had I not interviewed Vanessa and had this experience. During the interview, both of our avatars took an elevator upstairs and had a dance party while I asked her questions. Even though I had a dog avatar he still danced the night away. Vanessa’s avatar even had a “fake pregnancy” dress on because one of her friends was going to open up a University with a fertility clinic in SL! She said that almost all of her experiences in SL have been great, but there can be creepy people hidden in dark allies, just like in real life. Vanessa told me that her favorite part of SL is that it connects people from different continents and enables them to hangout and discuss similar interests and share cultures. I’m glad we had this project assigned to us because I would have never known of all the possibilities in SL and now I have something to think about and maybe try in my free time! Check out Vanessa’s awesome work on her website here or here!