There’s a first for everything

First of all, I’m so thankful for all the nice messages and compliments I’ve received after the documentaries were aired on TV this week! I really appreciate every single one of them, thank you!!!

As I mentioned in my last post, I was asked to do a “Voice-over/speaker job” at the national track championships on Saturday. I felt pretty honored just to be asked, and the lady in charge was convinced I’d do great (for some reason I don’t know of) so I said yes.

Since I did the voice-over on my documentary, I initially thought: “Sure, I can do it, how hard can it be?” But then I suddenly remembered I’d used at least 20 attempts on getting it right in the film, AND I’d been recording when I was alone in a room – so there was really nothing I could do wrong. But when performing live interviews on a track, in front of a pretty large audience, you only get one shot. You can’t mess it up 20 times beforehand, because everything has to happen so fast, and you have to time and coordinate it with everything else that’s happening on the track (including a photographer that’s never around when you need him.)

Then I just told myself. “It’s all about preparation.” So I did my homework, looked up the startlists, did a rough calculation of who was most likely to win and then tried to come up with a few questions I could ask the winners, other than the standard “How do you feel now?” However, several of the athletes who were favorites to win, didn’t even show up to race… sooo the questions I had prepared specifically for the predicted winners didn’t help me much.

Beforehand I was told by the producer that I would have to run over to the winner right after they’d cross the finish line, and the more emotional or out of breath they were – the better for the production. I did as I was told, but then one of the athletes got clearly annoyed, so he pushed the microphone away and refused to talk to me. Fun! Especially when you have the producer on the walkie-talkie yelling “Go get that interview!”

Things didn’t get any easier when I realized everything was streamed on a huge screen at the stadium, and NRK (The biggest TV-station in Norway) had their oversized cameras and “famous” reporter/sports journalist standing six feet away from me at all times – waiting for me to get done, so that they could do their interviews.

But you know what? I think I did good.

Most “speakers” probably started off with local meets for kids etc, but I skipped that part and went straight to the National Championships, so what more could I expect?

I’m grateful for the opportunity, and I think of it as a really valuable experience. But even more importantly, it was actually a lot of fun (in the end) and I’d love to do it again.



Good night to y’all,
Maria Lavelle

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