Mastering the Class Lang Student Featured in HBO Documentary with Bill T. Jones

Lang Freshman Ernest Felton Baker II is wise beyond his years. Here is what he said in regards to his experience working with Bill T. Jones in a new HBO documentary Masterclass.

I can’t see how someone can only learn the art direction Bill is giving and not take his approach to it. I innately picked up advice on life in general, which is the whole point of Masterclass. Bill advised us to think about our art as a drive, that there is a meaning for every single thing. Nothing should be done if it doesn’t have an intent. My experience was instilled with education, in that we (young artists) should think about the length, in how far we should take it, something that resonates beyond the arts.,

How’s that for a Culture and Media major with not one but two black belts, one in Jujitsu and another in Go Ju Ru, who may not know his ultimate path but is surely on the right one. He is now a principal dancer with the Live In Color Dance Collective, a Miami based dance group.

Baker, originally from Miami, is an alum of YoungArts, the core program of the National Foundation for Advancement in Arts, which matches students in the arts with leaders in their field of study. Masterclass began April 18 and was presented by Simon & Goodman Picture Company in association with YoungArts. Other famed creative folks who participated included Placido Domingo and Julian Schnabel.

As far as next steps for Baker, I plan to drive my career in whatever direction my inspiration takes me, which is any where I can help others.,