January 7, 2017 at 9:47 am #33869
This morning I had my first interview for my new podcast Agent Archives: Teen Entrepreneurs in the Field. I used Skype which worked pretty well. We had a couple of connection issues but thankfully they were very brief. I used software called VodBurner to record it.
The interview itself went really well. This girl was Ah-maz-ing! Her name is Acacia Woodley and she started Tiny Girl Big Dream, which sells Friendship Benches to schools to help lessen bullying. She was extremely confident and well spoken. She started her business when she was 10!!!
So here are my lessons learned:
1. Turn off notifications! I had one keep popping up with a sound throughout the interview that I will have to figure out if I can get rid of in post production.
2. Create a backup way to record audio. I’m so glad that about 20 seconds into the interview I used my phone to start recording backup audio, because when I went to look at the video recording after the interview, I had static the ENTIRE INTERVIEW! Not just a little static, but complete static, no voices AT ALL! Even though the two of us could see and hear each other (and no static). I’m not sure what happened, but without the phone recording I would be totally screwed. The universe was watching out for me.
3. My fear is all in my head when it comes to me being on video. Maybe because she was so smart and confident, the interview was really easy. She was so smart and interesting that I could have talked with her for hours. I still don’t like the sound of my voice, but I can overlook that.
4. I need to upgrade my computer and put some money into better software. I’m not sure Skype is the best option. It worked fine and I know lots of people are familiar with it so that it a plus. I am checking out Crowdcast & some other software recommended in the campfires later today.
All in all, I’m happy with how it went. I did my research and was well prepared and it was really fun! I will see how things go in post production. I’m pretty familiar with Adobe Premiere Pro but not the software I used to record.January 7, 2017 at 12:11 pm #33880
So apparently I didn’t do something right in either Skype or Vodburner because I only got video of myself recorded and not my guest. UGH! Well, at least I still have the audio I recorded with my phone. I can just make the first interview a traditional podcast. Or I can maybe put together some kind of slide show? It’s about 20 minutes long so I’m not sure what I could do other than show some of her pics at various schools and events as well as her products. Maybe just traditional podcast….
Suggestions?January 9, 2017 at 8:32 pm #33915
Bradley MorrisMountain Guide@bradleytmorris
Congratulations. Sounds like a super inspiring girl to interview. That is so awesome.
As for the audio/video thing. Just make episode one a audio-only interview.
Skype is definitely not the way to go moving forward.
Go with something like Crowdcast, Webinar Ninja or one of hte others. If you can’t do one of those, let us know and we’ll think of something else. Skype is so glitchy (all the time).
If going with Crowdcast, etc, you can do what we did with our podcast. We uploaded our video to Vimeo and then we converted the MP4 into an MP3 for Soundcloud via this website. (very simple)
Also, if in need of a high quality, cheap mic. This is a good one I just bought.
All in all, just keep going. Lessons will be learned. The quality will get better. Interview 100 kids this year and spread entrepreneurship like wildfire amongst the kids. Be the GO-TO resource for all teens wanting to get into business for themselves and change the world. That is your mission, so be crazy focused on doing it. I think these interviews are a fantastic way to do it.
Just think. She’s likely gonna wanna share that interview with all her freinds after!
Let the ripples become tsunamis.January 10, 2017 at 12:51 pm #33931
Thanks for the advice Bradley. I did test out Crowdcast and I love it! I like the fact that I can download the video and edit it as I need to. I’m going with them when my free trial is up in a couple of days.
I have a decent microphone so I’m not worried too much about that. I also discovered what the source of my audio problems were. My laptop only has 1 audio jack. I bought what I thought was a splitter than handled input and output. But I was wrong. So when I plugged it in, it was causing some nastiness. In the wake of trying to film and edit my audio and video, I have decided that I need to desperately upgrade my computer. So that is on my list soon.
I’ve got 2 more interviews coming up. Once I have 3, I’m going live with my podcast!January 10, 2017 at 1:08 pm #33939
Andy FreistMountain Guide@andyfreist
Okay so, first off, since its a podcast, you only need audio. And i recommend audio-only because it lessens your workload a lot, and you can only upload audio to iTunes podcasts. In other words, an audio-only podcast is iTunes-friendly.
Contrary to Brad’s advice, I’d recommend you stick with skype, but be sure to turn OFF video for yourself and your guest.. In my experience, skype audio is FAR more reliable than crowdcast/other webinar platforms.
Not sure if youre on mac, but if so, this is what i use for skype recording: http://www.ecamm.com/mac/callrecorder/
If you intentionally want a video interview format, then you can disregard my advice and take Brad’s advice and use something like Crowdcast or Demio (a new one that looks great).. Any webinar platform that auto records sessions will work great 🙂
Hope that helps!January 10, 2017 at 1:26 pm #33941
Thanks Andy for your input. I do want video interview format because my survey results showed that kids preferred that format to just audio. (Not a surprise really).
I will keep the advice regarding Skype in mind.January 11, 2017 at 12:22 pm #33955
Andy FreistMountain Guide@andyfreist
Ah gotchya… are you creating a youtube channel for those?
Also, do you plan on getting the podcast on iTunes?January 12, 2017 at 3:58 pm #33965
Bobbie Jo Van Den PlasAdventurer@bobbiejo
Congratulations, Deanna!!!! Sounds like you had an amazing interview! What an inspirational guest too! Thank you for sharing all of your learning and insights. Love the work you are doing.March 29, 2017 at 4:20 am #36734
Hey Deanna! Let me know if you wanna chat over Skype or something one day. I released a podcast last December and went through all the hoops to get it up on itunes, etc. So far I release every 2 weeks liked clockwork on Wednesdays, bit it will become a weekly show soon. I could talk to you about stuff I’ve learned, etc. Let me know!March 31, 2017 at 12:52 pm #36838
Thanks Stefan for your offer! I took a bit of a hiatus from interviewing but am planning on getting back to it here soon. I will get in touch.
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