Last night, for the second time, I was on a TV show. The first was earlier this year: an interview on RCN's Community Spotlight. This one was different. Internet TV and live.
The Lehigh Valley Coffee Party has a weekly show from Prolifick Studios in Allentown, Pa. Robert Trotner and Lou Shupe are the show's co-hosts. I had an idea to interview them about the Coffee Party. So much for that idea. After Robert's opening comments, I could not resist making a few.
Along with my original plan of doing the interview, I figured to be on for about 1/2 hour. They had no problem with me sticking around. So, I naturally joined in the conversations.
I have had a lifelong case of stage phobia. Always staying back in the shadows. This helps with being a journalist / author / writer. Naturally observing people and what is going on. I have found out that experiencing what you write about, from the 1st person, is the best way to write.
If you do have a case of stage fright, the best thing to do is get up in front of an audience. I don't care if it is karaoke or radio / tv show. Live, recorded / internet or local, it does not matter. Forget there are people watching. Just do what you are there to accomplish. Talk, sing, act, speak or whatever. Remember: everyone watching / listening to you are just people. You have the guts to do what a lot of people do not.
Thanks to Robert and Lou for the chance to co-host. I really had a great time!
Check out how I did and the other Lehigh Valley Coffee Party shows. The topics are not limited to the Lehigh Valley, Pa area:
On 04/0/13, State Representative Mike Schlossberg did an interview with Robert Trotner of the Lehigh Valley Coffee Party Movement. The interview was part of the Coffee Party's weekly show: East Meets West 2.0. The place was Hava Java on 19th st. in Allentown, Pa. The show airs live on internet radio.
I did not attend as a member of the Coffee Party. I attended as a journalist curious about the show. I am not a political expert or intend to be a political journalist. The show and Coffee Party has my curiosity.
What I found interesting about the event was the public was invited to attend. A few people did show up.
I, initially, thought people would only be able to observe the interview. Turned out, I was wrong. In addition to people online, everyone was invited to participate. A few, myself included, accepted the invitation.
This was the first time I met a state representative. I was surprised. Mike was very friendly and relaxed. He welcomed questions and answered them in a friendly / professional manner. A few, I could tell he was not able to comment on. The main topic was about voting, but, the questions did stray. Danielle, the owner of Hava Java, challenged Mike on a few issues. Both were very respectful towards the other.
Normally, I just stay back and observe. I could not resist this one. I asked Mike what reason people would have to believe in politicians again. I realize a lot of people do believe in them. The number who do not is greater. Mike did answer the question to a point.
The impressive thing about this event was the relaxed atmosphere. It was not a standard, formal setting. Mike was dressed casual / formal. Mike made a very good impression on this journalist who is considering writing about politics.
Robert did a very good job on the interview. Asking questions while allowing others to interrupt. A personal Thank You to representative Schlossberg for taking his time. I am glad to have been there.
Hava Java provided sandwiches at the interview's end. The food was excellent!
Note: I did refer to the video for a quick memory refresh.
Check the video: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/31124881
Lehigh Valley Coffee Party Movement: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lehigh-Valley-Coffee-Party-Movement/283056258424856
Mike Schlossberg: http://www.facebook.com/RepSchlossberg?fref=ts
Hava Java: http://www.facebook.com/havajcafe