It was December 1992 and I was a freshman at Clemson. I was hired to work in athletics as a student. My job was to help the video services department capture football practice so the coaches could grade and prepare for each game. At the time, the video services department worked mainly for football, our office was in the old ticket office inside Jervey Athletics.
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The art of the interview is bigger than the technical expertise of capturing the perfect interview. Creating the shot, finding a great background, proper lighting outside with the impact of the fall season sunlight, proper mic selection blocking out surrounding noises, framing that provides space for the interview subject to move inside the frame…these are the important technical considerations of a great interview. But the real art begins even before you press record…it begins the moment the interview subject arrives and you shake hands.
It is the art of fruitful conversation, intriguing discovery, careful manipulation, asking the right questions at the right moment in time; creating the silent space after a question forcing the interview subject to fill the silent void…these are just a few attributes to mention. But the canvas is carefully painted when trust between the interviewer and the interview subject beings sharping…trust that you will carefully craft each question where each moment that is captured is protected to display the complete context of the conversation, but provide a narrative that matches the interview disposition.
I love it…I love the interview…I love the conversation, the exploration, the delivery of that one question you are dying to ask…but you ask when they are ready to share. It is finding that moment when they really want to share that one piece of information you are patiently waiting to ask …yet, you don’t ask until they are so ready share…they are digging their heals sitting on the edge of their seats just to say it.
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