How to interview someone on camera? (Not for a job.)
January 3, 2014 2:07 PM Subscribe
Part of my job as a writer should be interviewing interesting people—tech types, fashion designers, musicians, etc.
Except I get absolutely panicky when I do it. I have to fly overseas to interview three high-level dudes on camera this Thursday
, and I'm already stage-frightey. I hate it.
Google search terms, resources, tips, anecdotes, words of encouragement, hugs?
I have interviewed people for editorial pieces in the past, but over the phone. I panicked, and didn't get the content I needed, to the chagrin of my editors and bosses.
I just felt incompetent and out of my element, with a huge dollop of "imposter syndrome."
Now I have to do it on camera, for clients—without colleagues/superiors to help me.
I've somehow managed to climb the ranks to a position that is very autonomous without having grown this skill, and now I feel like even more of an imposter. Like they'll smell this n00b coming a mile away, and I'll seem even more incompetent. Or worse, make them nervous right along with me.
So. I've tried googling. 99.9% of the results are about job interviews. I found a couple of relatively useful links, but my "fu" isn't giving me much about being the interviewer, or on camera. Let alone together as a single result.
How do I come across as cool and calm, when I'm panicking on the inside?
Part 2 of the previous question, is how do I get them to be calm if I'm freaking out?
How do I really get to the meat of the content I need? Is it just a matter of "keep being inquisitive?"
How do I take a deep breath, and deny my desire to rush through and just have it over with?
How much time do you, interviewers of Mefi, spend researching?
Is there any other upfront stuff I can do to feel prepared?
Is there a format of notes that will make it much easier for me to scan and ask?
Should I even read from my notes?
Anything else y'all got for me would be great. I am completely aware that I must sound like I'm totally bean-plating, but this is really a blind spot to me and I'm wicked nervous.