Atlanta poly triad on Australian TV, and some TV advice
The Atlanta triad who started Atlanta Poly Weekend three years ago, and who were featured amazingly well on the CNN website last October, just did a 7-minute remote interview for one of Australia's main TV channels. Watch it here.
It's positive overall, but two comments: They act frozen — so unlike how I've seen them in real life — and they respond too directly to each question.
Please, if you're going on TV, loosen up, move, interact with each other, ham it up, be actors. Because that's what you are. Your body language says way more than your words. It's what viewers remember.
Notice, for example, how the hosts act. In real life that would be overdramatic hamming; on TV it looks engaging and friendly. And Elisabeth Sheff, who comes on as an outside-expert talking head, shows what some practicing in front of a home camera can do.
Second: Use interview questions as excuses to go into zingy bits that you've practiced beforehand — including at least one or two sound-bite messages that you've decided are the key points you most want to get across.
The interview spends a lot of time cutting away from the motionless trio to happy photos of them being lively together in real life. Thank you, producer.
Billy (on the left) says, "It wasn't perfect but it was positive. And we learned a lot."
(Aired April 13, 2014).