How do you prepare for something such as your first interview?
You have in mind what you want to say and how you’re going to say it, but as soon as they put that camera on you, all plans go out the window.

My first interview was with Ray Levato from our local news station – WHEC-TV Channel 10. I had heard that he was a little skeptical about this kind of news, so I wasn’t sure what to expect.

We all met at the front lobby of the news station and preceded upstairs to the studio while making small talk. I was trying to get a sense of what Ray was thinking and I felt right away that he was going to have a field day with me. I guess I was as prepared as I could be and just wanted to let my findings do the talking.

The interview lasted about an hour. At first I felt that Ray did not agree with my discoveries as some of the stuff was not that easy to see. He even said me at one point, “The Mona Lisa is perhaps the most studied portrait in the last 500 years. …how is it that (I’m) the first person to see this?” I really wasn’t ready for that question, but the camera was rolling.

WHEC TV 10 • Rochester, NY • November 30, 2011 (View online article)

I had expected nothing but the worst that night. I was ready to be embarrassed at work while my coworkers and I watched. Originally Ray had mentioned doing a one and a half minute news spot. A couple hours before airing, Kristine (my PR rep) had texted me and said that they were going to make my interview the lead story and bump up the time to almost 4 minutes!

As skeptical as I felt Ray to be when we first met, I really felt he had warmed up to me by the end of the interview. I never expected that interview to come out that well (for me).

What do you think?

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