It is in the intimacy of the hotel The Hoxton Paris that we meet you on Thursday, June 14 to meet the bright and warm Fanny Auger, founder of the school The School of Life.
A great enthusiast of literature, she dust off the art of conversation and gives meaning to each meeting, exchanges or discoveries. Enough to enhance your speech orally ... To participate in this meeting, come and register directly here
. After drawing lots, 10 large winners will be contacted by the Balzac Paris team. The Balzac Paris team invites you to discover its universe in an exclusive interview:
Fanny, can you introduce yourself in a few words?
I have 2 passions in life, which stimulate me and have always boosts me: culture, and transmission. All what I do is going in this direction!
As a child, I dreamed of being a teacher, to share my passion for literature, philosophy, poetry with my students. After literary studies, I worked a dozen years in fashion and luxury, in Paris, Dubai, then Milan. I loved these experiences, but I missed something ... And finally, I decided 6 years ago to return to my first loves, and to embark on the entrepreneurial adventure! Since then, I have been an entrepreneur in culture: I have founded an epistolary start-up, letters from a stranger, launched a small school for adults, The School of Life Paris, writes a book, truce of gossip, and many other projects.
How was your passion for "conversation" born?
The conversation is what makes us grow, mature, change our relationship to the world and to others. This makes us more tolerant, smarter, more human. I have always been passionate about exchanges, by the connection which links two human beings immersed in a conversation. Remove the world up to time, brainstorm, discuss, debate, laugh…. This is how we forge our unique personality, as well as one connects to the world and to others.
Can you explain the story of The School of Life to us?
4 years ago, I founded The School of Life Paris. It's a little adult school where you learn everything you don't learn in school! And there is so much Essential things that we should learn but that no one teaches us: love, work, friendship, human relationships ... How to find a job you love, how can you be more creative, can love always last ...? Culture, philosophy, art, sciences, literature offer us incredible light on these contemporary subjects, and then, as we are between adults, we exchange and we converse a lot during these fun evening lessons. It happens at Elephant Paname, in the 2nd several times a month. Today, we also intervene a lot in companies to develop the emotional intelligence of employees, stimulate their creativity, their energy, and their soft skills.
What are your lessons given to The School of Life?
It is a mixture of cultural, philosophical, artistic, but living inspirations. We discuss, we debate, we exchange, we play ... The teachers I choose are philosophers, start-ups, lawyers, actors, DJs, clown, artists, photographers, writers, only passionate and luminous personalities, who have a real desire to transmit. We talk about Aristotle and Woody Allen, Vermeer and Le Bauhaus, Tolstoy and Ella Fitzgerald, all with permanent exchanges between the participants. Learn, grow, cultivate by having fun, I believe it a lot!
Fanny, we qualify you as a passionate and bright person. What are your secrets to breathe good humor?
I have ups and downs, like everyone else: entrepreneurship is the roller coaster! But I'm trying to focus on what's going. Keep a new look at things and the world, to marvel at little things, to rejoice to be alive, smile, ... I also have my little rituals, which give me roots, and wings: meditate for a few minutes in the morning to come, stop at the counter of a coffee in the morning to have a coffee in a few minutes, write Small cards to my friends, write a few words in the evening, read, learn new things every day. I really like to ask myself, take time for myself. It’s fundamental to be good, and better then to others.
What inspires you on a daily basis?
What inspires me and motivates me on a daily basis is learning new things all the time. By my readings, by my meetings, my conversations, by my friends, and by strangers. Every day, I wonder what the day has in store for me, what I will learn again. Curiosity is an excellent engine!
An artist ?
I admire a lot, it's hard to choose.
I would say Nicolas de Staël, my favorite painter. I am hypnotized by the force which emerges from its paintings, its colors. The first time I saw "Le Concert", at the Center Pompidou in 2003, I fell back. I went to see the exhibition 4 times as I couldn't detach myself from it.
I also admire Marina Abramovic a lot, who pushes the limits of the physique and the mind through her experiences.
And finally, in a more contemporary way, I am a big fan of photographer Jamie Beck (@annestreetstudio) that I have been on the networks for years. It sees Provence in such a poetic way, as only foreigners can see it. And her still life photos are worthy of the great Flemish masters. I recommend everyone to discover their work, a dreamlike poetry.
A book ?
It's hard to quote one, as my universe was shaped by books!
If I have to choose, it is the conspiracy of fools, by John Kennedy Tole,
A brilliant and whimsical novel that made me laugh in tears. The perfect book to slip into your suitcase! In addition, the story of this book is poignant: the author has toured the publishing houses for years to publish what he considered to be his masterpiece. Heard war, he killed himself in 1969, at 31, desperate and exhausted. It is his mother who continues to approach the publishers, and succeeds in having him finally published in 1980. He received the Pulitzer Prize (posthumous) in 1981. The title is inspired by a quote from Jonathan Swift Epigraph: "When A real genius appears in this world, we can recognize it by this sign that the fools are all linked against him. "
A person ?
My friends. I am lucky to be surrounded by extraordinary people. I am not very "bunch of friends", but I pulled the jackpot of friends! They all have in common to be brilliant, benevolent, demanding, super-active people who encourage me, inspire me and boost me on a daily basis. They will recognize each other, but my closest friends are serial entrepreneurs, creators of Jewelry, writers, review leaders, artists, restorer, architect, and so many others ... it's my "Pzazz" Club to me!
A good address?
My favorite shop in Paris is Deyrolle. Below, the most beautiful utensils of prince's garden Gardener. Upstairs, a cabinet of curiosities where I like to stroll for hours. Otherwise, to eat (I love the good dear!), An address from my neighborhood, Pigalle: Chez Puce,1 Rue Chaptal, Paris 9th. Small dishes tasty tapas ways to share with friends. And of course, The Liza (14 rue de la Banque, 75002 Paris), the best Lebanese in Paris: everything is done house, fresh, succulent, the setting is superb, and the atmosphere very warm, a magic mix between Beirut and Paris, my two cities of heart.
Many, it's my dynamo!
I want to launch my podcast, I’ve been talking about it for 3 years, but I’m trying to do one thing to do things well. So this is an exclusivity, but it will be released at the start of the school year: a sparkling, cultural, and conversational podcast, to feed, inspire, shake up and rebooster.
To follow therefore via my Instagram, @sassyfanny
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