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Subj: Did my first-ever phone interview with a creator last night...
Posted: Fri Dec 22, 2017 at 03:05:28 pm EST (Viewed 101 times)
... I won't say who just now, let it be a surprise (hoping to have it all transcribed before Christmas though).
Rang them from my mobile, and, as I don't live in the US, we're talking about £72 ($96). But, it's all in the name of the FF, right?
All of my interviews to this point have been via email. Two of the starts of the Corman movie gave me chance to do Skype interviews but I chickened out.
So I was kind of nervous, though instantly put at ease. Is it normal to be nervous? I mean, I had a stiff neck, headache, I was going to the bathroom every five minutes before the interview, etc. Is that normal?
Anyway, one major difference is that for an email interview I'd have a lot of questions prepared, which would often go on a similar theme, and so couldn't be changed. If your opening gambit is "do you remember...." and the answer is "no, I don't remember a thing", then there's no way of taking stock of that via a straightforward email Q & A.
But with this done via the phone, I was able to acknowledge the first couple of "this was XX years ago, and I'm getting old, so I can't recall all the details..." and move it on to other topics. This said, a lot of detail about their run WAS discussed, but we also talked about the state of the comic industry, the future of the FF, etc. I hope you guys will enjoy it.
I'm sure there were plenty of times when I sounded plain dumb, and maybe as I was speaking fairly loudly (it had to be via speakerphone so I could record it) I might have sounded a little arch, I don't know. When anything with their run came up, they'd sound defensive, like I was tearing into it, even though I wasn't, or didn't mean to. Although, to be fair, 99% of that could be complete paranoia.
I'm sure there were times when I'd nervously say something completely dumb (can you believe?), or just put my foot in it or something. But a lot was discussed (they'd offered me an hour, so I didn't want to take advantage too much and ended it after 45m) and I think you might enjoy bits of it. I know I certainly learned a few things.
The one time I really kicked myself though was at the end of the conversation, I wished him a Merry Christmas.
I'd forgotten he was Jewish.
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