I got involved to be one of the three people interviewed on the live show. There were about 20 people – a lot more than I expected – running behind the scenes to make everything go smooth. There is a lot more to it than you’d think. There’s directing, camera’s, sound, video, broadcasting, logistics etc.
They clearly had it all under control and my experience was very quick & easy. I met the director and presenter, got a microphone, a glass of water and then just had to go and sit on the couch to answer some questions. I was politely made aware that at some point we would arrive at the end of the time slot and they’d have to be strict cutting it of. They were making sure I knew they were not being rude or anything., while I was just happy to be able to talk until the end to be honest.
I was briefed on the topic we were going to talk about – all the secrets involved in our development and the role of spying on other teams – and vaguely prepared some answers. Very quickly the conversation moved on, something that definitely helped me relax. I was after all constantly reminding myself we were “just having a normal conversation”, trying not to get the nerves play up.
I have done camera interviews for some of our videos before, where you have to look into the camera and can retake shots as much as you want. I find it hard to look at a camera as natural as possible and always struggle with an exact script – it just feels so forced and you easily lose your plot thinking about the exact words. This live interview felt so much more natural to me. I still need a lot of improvement and definitely stumbled over some words or in hindsight might have said some things differently, but the conversation was flowing. It actually almost resembled a normal conversation I’d have every day.
Let’s see what the next live interview will bring..