The idea for this interview hit me over spring break, when I was with Lexi in Glenwood Springs. We were staying at her grandparents house and I was struck with how close Lexi was with her grandmother and this town where her mom grew up.
I asked her about it- about the bond between her and these women in her life.
“Well my mom is my best friend!” She laughed.
Interview her! Screamed the slowly growing mini-Journalist I’ve been raising inside me this semester. And I listened to it. We sat down at the kitchen table late that night, just finishing a viscous game of Rummikub with her grandparents, and I attempted to conduct an audio interview.
It was easier than I was expecting, and also a lot of fun. I enjoyed the stronger conversational, unscripted aspect of it, something I found interviewing for a print story lacking. I used the same audio recorder I do for my other interviews, so I was familiar with the technology.
The portrait picture (left) was fun to take. Exploring Glenwood Springs was like exploring a little bit of Lexi’s personality. It was just a matter of time before something special popped up!
Of course, then came the audio editing part. I was nervous for editing, especially after opening audacity and seeing the complex tools. It took me a long time to edit (note: a very, very long time), but I was surprised to find myself enjoying it! Most of my edits took place after Micah Schweizer and Erin Jones spoke in class, and I really took Erin’s advice to heart. I tried to see the audio file as a story, one that I was molding and creating.
As a story-teller at heart, I found this new medium of story telling exciting and full of possibilities. I can’t tell you how excited I was when I found the perfect ending dialogue. The technical side was much more difficult, and wrought with frustrations. I stayed mostly in the simple edits of cutting, copying and pasting. (Although I did venture once into the Envelope tool and quickly scrambled for my undo key.)
I honestly don’t think I would do anything differently because everything was a huge learning experience. Yes, I wish I had stayed quiet during interview, or prepared better questions, or maybe not have rushed for that undo key quite so often when I played with the more advanced features of audacity. But, because of those mistakes, I learned a great deal. Even though I know this audio piece isn’t perfect, I’m proud of it! I’ve never done anything like it, and the learning experience was invaluable.
I was surprised how much I enjoyed conducting and editing an audio interview. Enough so that I am excited for the future implications. I’m a huge fan of podcasts, and I think it is still a growing field. I could see myself starting my own podcast in the future to supplement whatever my career is at the time. (Because let’s be honest- I have no idea what will happen.) For example, if I go into the mental health field, I could start a podcast where the main focus is interviewing people who have overcome mental illness.
I hope to continue building on my skills in audio interviewing. It is a unique and growing field that I would like to become more adept in.