As we examine the elements of what makes for a good
interview, we sometimes dismiss the vocal preparations we
normally do for copy reading, tracking, or other reporting
responsibilities. The sense is that this isnt the same
kind of performance as tracking in a sound booth, and in
good interview, it is the subject, not the interviewer who
does most of the talking.
However, it is vital that you do the same physical,
psychological, and emotional preparations you would do for
any other vocal performance. Those who have worked with a
voice coach, and especially those of you I have worked with
know what set-up is. It simply means doing a
vocal warm-up, deep breathing, articulation and diction
exercises, and in fact anything else you would normally do
to prepare for a performance.
This not only clears your mind and helps you focus on the
matters at hand, it also reminds you how important the
emotional and psychological aspects of your performance
really are. Frankly, the emotional and psychological parts
of your warm up can often be critical to how your interview
turns out. Your ability to focus, to listen intently, to
concentrate on the details of the interview are clearly
stronger when you do a warm up than when it is ignored.
The warm up is also important in helping you shift your own
mental gears from wearing the writer, producer,
editor hats to your journalist hat,
the one that draws
on your skills of intuition, observation, and empathy with
your subject, rather than your judgemental and critical
senses you use in your other capacities.
Next week: setting the ground rules. Until then, breathe