2008 Diane Chamberlain 3 by John Pagliuca hands.jpg

We’re about halfway through creating the one-to-two minute mini interviews I wrote about in my last post. Torture!  Probably much more so for John than for me. He’s being incredibly patient. I actually hope that my part in the interviews is at least 90% over, though I know John’s editing is only beginning.

I’d divided my topics into five frequently asked questions and wrote a general script of things I would say. John asked ahead of time to see my script, but I pooh-poohed the idea, telling him I’d be fine and just wanted to relax and be myself and go with the flow, yada yada. Famous last words.

In the studio, John hooked me up to the mic and gave me the “go” signal and so I “went” with the answer to my first question: “How did you get started writing?” After a while, he stopped the camera.

“What’s wrong?” I asked.

“You’re at seven minutes.”

“You’re kidding!”

Hmm. Clearly my go-with-the-flow idea wasn’t going to work.

So we came upstairs, I gave him a copy of my script and we started editing. A lot.

I really like speaking, but have a tendency to. . .well, ramble. Rambling doesn’t work when you’re trying to squeeze a bunch of ideas into a minute. I discovered I simply can’t follow a script. How do actors do it??

We didn’t make it back into the studio until this morning. After a rocky start (I needed more water. Throat lozenges. Another primping at the mirror. I never knew I could be such a diva!), we sailed through. At least I hope we did. John’s watching the footage now and he won’t let me near his computer room. I’m steeling myself for the moment I hear him coming up the stairs, those dreaded words on his lips: We need another take.





  1. brenda on March 15, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    Love that picture…also the fact that you and John work so well together-says much about both of you.

  2. Margo on March 16, 2009 at 7:49 am

    You’re so funny Diane! I can’t wait to view what you and John have created. I quess my main question is this…why is 7 minutes too long? Are you limited to a certain amount of time per question? I would think that some question’s could easily take 7 minutes to answer but I’ve never been interviewed so what do I know?…

  3. Diane Chamberlain on March 16, 2009 at 9:53 am

    Margo, the idea behind these little videos if for each one to just be a tiny “snapshot” of information rather than a speech or a lecture. They are very simple–just me talking. Believe me, your eyes would glaze over if it went more than two minutes! I didn’t have to do anymore takes! Yippee!

  4. Margo on March 16, 2009 at 10:23 am

    Congrat’s Diane!…now I can’t wait to view these!

  5. Maureen Sherbondy on March 16, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Jersey girls just like to talk. Yada Yada Yada…

  6. Diane Chamberlain on March 16, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    lol, Maureen!
    That’s another thing. Listening to myself on the video, I can still hear Jersey in my voice, even after 38 years of California, Virginia and North Carolina. We’ll never lose Jersey completely, and that’s a good thing!

  7. brenda on March 16, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    Can’t wait to hear them.

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