Feeling nervous or excited is perfectly normal. Sit back and relax. Here are some tips to make your conversation rewarding and memorable.

  • Yourself and your person
  • Beverage for you and your person
  • List of questions
  • An idea of areas you’d like to explore with your loved one
  • Arrive 10 to 15 minutes before your scheduled time.
  • Use the restroom before you arrive. (You’ll feel more comfortable.)
What to expect:
  • We’ll ask you to turn off your phone and other electronic devices.
  • We may ask that you remove jewelry, such as bracelets, watches, necklaces — things that make noise.
  • We’ll walk you through the process and handle the nitty-gritty — don’t worry about a thing, just sit down and relax with your loved one.
  • There’s no need to rehearse — you won’t be live on the radio.
  • Your conversation with your person may be as short as 20 minutes or as long as an hour.
  • We’ll ask you to sign a release form allowing VOICES to keep one copy of your recording and to archive a second copy. You’ll receive a link to watch, share, or download your video, to do with it as you wish.
What happens:
  • You’ll arrive for your conversation with your friend or loved one.
  • We’ll meet with you to explain the process, make you feel comfortable in our recording space, and sit with you during the conversation.
  • If you arrive alone, someone from VOICES will guide the conversation.
  • While you and your person are talking, the VOICES facilitator will keep time, monitor audio, and take notes. He or she might ask a question or two for clarification.
Anatomy of the conversation:
  • Glad you’re here!
    It’s not a mystery — we’ll share the philosophy behind VOICES and answer any questions you may have about our mission. We’ll also have you sign a release form.
  • Paperwork
    Asking for personal info like name, address, ethnic background.
  • Equipment test
    Once you’re ready to roll, we’ll check out equipment to make sure the camera and sound are working.
  • Conversation
    Here’s where your list comes in. Ask questions in whatever order feels right but don’t let them limit your conversation. When your person says something that resonates with you, ask more questions to flesh things out.
  • Photos
    We’ll take photos of you and your person separately and together. The photos will be included in the archive.

Click here to download our Conversation Preparation Guide.