Interviewing someone with just the audio recorder was interesting. I think because I wasn’t writing a story, I wasn’t focused on points that stood out or trying to focus on time stamps of good quotes. I think that interviewing someone this way was more personal. I as able to focus on just Mackenna and what she was telling me. I found that I was paying attention to her story instead of focusing on the purpose of this assignment. I really enjoyed interviewing someone for just an audio profile.
The editing experience was frustrating. This was due to the fact that I have never worked with Audacity before so I was learning how to use the software while editing a piece. It took me a couple of tries before I got a cut that I was satisfied with. Now that I have used Audacity, I would use it again. Once I got over the user error problems, I found it to be an efficient way to edit audio.
Mackenna is actually on of my best friends so taking a picture of her was fun. She grabbed a post card that she brought back from her trip and we started taking pictures. The picture is just on the couch in a lounge so the background is a little boring but I think that it gives you a good idea of who Mackenna is and how important this trip truly meant to her.
I think what surprised me about this assignment is how much people will talk about something they love. From the beginning I knew that I wanted to interview Mackenna because of how passionate she is about her study abroad experience. I only had to ask her to tell me about her trip and she gave me five minutes of amazing content.
I wish that I would’ve left more room between some of her points. I didn’t give her any direction about leaving a pause between some of her points and that ultimately made editing a little harder. In my two minute cut, there are some points where you can tell I cut one part and added another.
I could see myself launching a podcasts in the future. I really love hearing people talk about what they’re passionate about. I think some of the best interviews are audio. I think that it allows the listener to imagine what the speaker is talking about in their head. This assignment has given me the basic skills to start a podcast.