Just completed a TV interview for CNN. Ian did Newsnight not so long ago, but this is a first for me, so here are my first impressions:
- TV work is hot. I’m not sure if it’s the nerves or the white hot lights pointed directly at your face. Probably a bit of both.
- I still waffle, but think I just about kept it under control. I noticed myself repeating myself at one point, but that’s what editors are for, right?
- I spoke for about 20 minutes. I’m expecting 20 second of footage.
- There was someone there to prompt me with questions, but I was told to look at the camera and not at her. That’s weird. I’d expected the opposite. Maintaining eye contact with a camera lens was very unnatural.
- At one point I was saying that it’s video conferences can be uncomfortable because people don’t like having cameras pointed at them. The fact I had a camera pointed at me and was feeling a bit uncomfortable made my smile slightly warmer.
- “Hmm… can we do that again?”. So glad it wasn’t live. I don’t ever want to do live broadcast. Not without a morphine drip anyway.
Next up: Spitalfields.