So I recently won an award that required me to do a video interview. I haven’t been in front of the camera much, but am comfortable public speaking, so I wasn’t nervous about this. I received the questions in advance, and watched the previous year’s video, and I think that is where I went wrong.
I thought too much about my answers. In fact, there were 20 of us doing video interviews, and I ended up being the 19th person interviewed. It was 8pm, I was exhausted and had blood shot eyes after a long day at work, and I think I ended up answering my questions with answers that I thought would be more interesting or funny than my genuine thoughts. I think I also experienced that phenomenon where your brain blanks out, and I have literally been kicking myself for my silly answers ever since. Anyway, I literally couldn’t sleep that night, because I was kicking myself over my silly answers.
1. Tell us briefly what you do. What does a typical day look like?
My video answer: I hop on my treadmill desk and talk to people all across the world about online advertising.
My real answer: (face smack) God, why did I say that part about the treadmill desk? I am such a dork. OK, the rest is true, but there are also the hundreds of daily emails and a LOT of meetings. Also, my real day starts with the chaos of getting two kids up, fed, lunches packed, and trying to get myself into work on time. Once I leave work, I shift gears, get the kids, cook dinner, help with homework, read to kids, get kids ready for bed and often fall asleep in one of their beds while I’m tucking them in because I’m so tired. But us working moms are afraid to admit that at times. So I just talked about the talking to people all across the world, which is cool, but such a small fraction of the real picture.
2. What are your passions outside of work? (volunteer work, personal passions)
My video answer: My kids are my number one passion. Outside of my kids, I do volunteer work to support Washoe County School District.
My real answer: (another face smack): Really?! People are going to think I’m boring because of course my kids are my passion. I didn’t mention skiing, open water swimming, blogging, reading, baking REAL fresh food for my family… It’s also my passion to teach my kids skiing and swimming.
3. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
My video answer: To have a vision. In my early 30s, I discovered I had realized my vision, so now I’m working on the vision for the next phase of my life.
My real answer: Well, yeah. But I didn’t mention that that secondary vision has been perplexing for me. I want to get my work back to my creative passions, but creative passions don’t pay as well or provide great healthcare. I also came across about 50 articles this weekend about people getting “the best advice”, feeling like fate was just taunting my answer.
4. At first glance most people don’t know about you …
My video answer: That I’m a budding author, and I’m writing a children’s book series.
My real answer: OK, so this is true, but it feels a bit like stepping onto a stage naked. I hadn’t even mentioned that on my blog. So, hey, blog readers, I’m writing children’s books! That’s one reason I’ve been a slacker blogger recently. More on that later, but last week I hired an editor, and I have two books ready for editing with drafts of the cover art. Working on that “vision” I mentioned in the previous answer. Why am I shy about this? Not sure, but can’t take it back now!
5. If you could travel anywhere in time, where would you go and why? My video answer: Dinosaurs. I would want to go see dinosaurs and the world before humans got a hold of it.
My real answer: Dinosaurs?! Yeah, that’d be cool, and maybe that will make for a funny sound bite, but really, my authentic answer would have been that I’d like to go back and see the world (or the United States) when my grandparents were young. I’m so intrigued by the 1920s-1940s, and have read tons of historical fiction from that era and watched all kids of movies and TV shows. Maybe it’s because I didn’t get much adult time with my grandparents to talk to them about their lives. I’ve also been really into researching my family tree, and am just so curious about my roots. But that answer didn’t feel cool. So I went with dinosaurs. Which really, is probably the antithesis of cool.