Podcast Guest Prep!
Greetings! We are thrilled to welcome you as a distinguished guest on KYLE ON THE AISLE! To guarantee a memorable and enriching interview experience for you and our listeners, we've compiled this guide filled with insightful suggestions and considerations for our upcoming episode.
This is a podcast for 3 audiences:
Listen to an Episode
Many of our guests find it beneficial to listen to a previous episode of our podcast to gain a better understanding of its flow and format. Here's an episode we recorded with Daniel Ross - a renowned producer and voice actor, which may provide valuable insights into the overall structure of our podcast.
- Think of your best industry stories: What truly sets our podcast apart is the candid sharing of riveting behind-the-scenes anecdotes from our guests. These tales capture the wild, whimsical, improbable, and often hilariously absurd moments that are characteristic of our industry. These real-life narratives serve to vividly illustrate the unique flavor and fervor of our profession. (One of our favorite questions to ask is - "What is the most Hollywood thing that has ever happened to you?") Before our recording, we encourage you to reflect on the most captivating stories you can share without breaching confidentiality agreements. On the day of the recording, clue us in on which productions these stories pertain to, so we can weave them into our conversation. These personal experiences will undoubtedly add rich texture and authenticity to our dialogue, engaging our audience in the most immersive way possible.
- Question Format: Many guests inquire about the type of questions they'll be asked. Our discussions will be split into 3 Acts.
- Act 1 - Productions - In the first half of our chat, we will go on a small deep dive to discuss a production or two that you've been involved with. We like to talk about some of the challenges that you encountered in the field, and how you go about your work (a la a "Master Class"). We will likely have a suggestion or two for production's we'd like to discuss; but would love to hear if you have any special projects to chat about! We especially love hearing your on-set anecdotes, so come ready to share your most memorable tales (that are NDA friendly).
- Act 2 - The Industry - In the second half, we will discuss more of the industry at large. We might explore topics such as "What makes a production successful?" or "How do you balance work and personal life in this demanding field?" This segment provides you with the unique opportunity to articulate your passion for, or unique insights into, various aspects of the industry that resonate deeply with you.
- Act 3 - The Hollywood Hot Seat - As we wrap up the episode, we'll engage in our fun “Hollywood Hot Seat” Game. This is a quick, off-the-cuff question round where we ask you to respond instinctively. It's 10 questions, with queries like "Favorite Movie" or "Go-To Craft Service Snack". It's all in good fun and a delightful way to conclude our chat!
- Quiet Space: Select a location that's quiet and free of background noise. Avoid being near things like refrigerators, air conditioners, etc. This will make it easier for listeners to focus on our conversation.
- Audio: It is essential to wear headphones for our interview. This will help minimize any feedback or echo. Further, please select the most professional mic available to you for the interview. [We may have one we can lend you!]
- Background Considerations: Keep in mind that your immediate surroundings will be visible to our viewers, so aim for a backdrop that is visually appealing. To avoid appearing washed out on camera, steer clear of having light sources directly behind you.
- Lighting: Use a soft light source placed in front of you to brighten up your face, helping to avoid shadows and dark spots. Natural light can work well, or use a ring light or lamp.
- Camera Angle: Position your camera at eye level. This gives a direct and engaging view for the audience.
- Internet Connection: Check your internet connection to ensure it's stable. If you can, connect to wired internet vs wireless.
- Device Setup: If possible, use a laptop or desktop computer rather than a phone or tablet for better stability and quality.
- Distractions: Turn off any notifications on your device(s) to avoid interruptions.
- Recording Platform: We conduct our interviews via Riverside.fm rather than Zoom to ensure optimal quality. The software operates in-browser, but it's compatible only with Google Chrome and Edge. Please install one of these browsers prior to our interview. Expect an invite sent via email around 20 minutes before we're set to start.
- Relax & Enjoy: Finally, the most important tip is to relax and enjoy the conversation. Our aim is to create an engaging and comfortable discussion for our audience. We're excited for you to join us on the show! Don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns about the setup. See you soon! :)