learning curves

February 18, 2008

Fun and helpful things that I have learned thus far:

  • If you are doing a Vox Pop in very cold weather, go talk to the smokers huddled outside office buildings. Everyone else is in a rush to get inside, but get quality time with a smoker before the cig runs out, and good tape can be had in two minutes or less.
  • Art students give good answers, mostly because they don’t censor their replies. Ask a question and they’ll tell you what they really think. Excellent.
  • Crazy people may not be much fun to talk to in a bar, but wow are they helpful when you need filler. My crazy person just talked and talked. Anarchy is nigh! Steal while you can!
  • When someone you are interviewing finishes talking, go ahead and wait a moment or two – quite often the person will pause and then carry on talking to fill the slightly awkward silence – and quite often that’s when the really interesting stuff gets said.
  • Pro Tools is very Pro and full of Tools. It’s like learning French in high school. You may not understand it all exactly, but conjugate a few verbs and all of a sudden you’re wearing a beret and dreaming about going to Paris.

One comment

  1. I’m a big fan of “awkward silence.”

    -quite often that’s when the really interesting stuff gets said.-

    Truer words have never been spoken.

    Congrats for embracing it instead of being intimidated by it.


    Re: Art students not censoring their replies:

    An elderly art museum curator once told me that her favorite groups to lead were young children. She said that she enjoyed “leading” them more than adults, because they were un-inhibited, and not afraid to publicly declare what they saw in each of the pieces. They had the ability to speak freely without fear of “giving the wrong answer” or “saying something stupid.” She said that she learned more from the groups of kindergartners than she did the groups of adult “experts,” often times seeing things in in the pieces that she had never seen in her 20+ years of leading more “experienced” groups.

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