My interview with a BGSU football player

It is hard to believe that it is already mid-November. People had told me that senior year of high school flies by, but it is crazy how fast my first year of college is flying by. I have already scheduled my classes for the spring semester, and I am just about to get started on my final assignments.

For these past few weeks, I have been focusing on my final project for my performance class. We have to interview someone about something that has happened in his or her life, and then portray that person in front of the class.

I had conducted an interview before. My sophomore year of high school we were given a project called “The Grandparents Project,” where we had to interview someone older than us about something that changed his or her life.

The majority of my classmates decided to just interview a grandparent, but I wanted to go bigger. I got in contact with my local news stations weatherman, and he agreed to the interview. I went down to the news station where he gave me a tour of the building before we sat down to the interview. It was an experience I would never forget.

When we were given this final project in performance class, it was the least of my worries. I had interviewed someone before, so I figured it would all come easy since I had previous experience. But I would come to realize just how different this interview was going to be.

Back in my sophomore year, the interview had to be audio recorded and I had to transcribe all of it. It took me forever. I constantly had to rewind and write down every little detail. It was tedious work, something that I did not want to have to do again. However, for this interview, instead of audio recording, we had to film it. And not only film it, we had to film our person’s entire body. To top that all off, it had to be between 30 to 40 minutes in length.

How could I possibly get someone to talk that long? Who did I know here to interview anyways? It did not seem possible for me to travel three hours back home just to film someone for this interview; my possibilities were limited. I had no choice but to find someone to interview on campus, someone who was interesting to me, someone who I could portray in front of the class.

I wanted a challenge. I wanted to interview someone who I found difficult to perform to my class. I began going through my Facebook friends, made a list of possible choices, and then began to narrow it down. Finally, I made my decision.

I decided to interview one of BGSU’s football players that I had known since September, and I figured he could talk to me about his experience playing football for BGSU. So I asked him, and he accepted my offer. I came up with questions to ask him and got them approved.

So the only thing left to do was the interview itself.

Stay tuned.


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