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


  • Yourself and your interviewee
  • Bottle of water 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 interview time.
  • Use the restroom before you arrive. (You’ll feel much more comfortable.)


What to expect:
  • You’ll need to turn off your phone and other electronic devices — these may interfere with our audio equipment.
  • Please remove jewelry, such as bracelets, watches, necklaces — things that make noise.
  • We’ll walk you through the process and handle everything — don’t worry about a thing, just sit down and relax with your loved one.
  • This isn’t live television or radio, so don’t worry about rehearsing.
  • Your conversation with your person will be approximately 40 minutes long.
  • 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 DVD of your interview and a digital copy that can be downloaded.


What happens:
  • Arrive for your session with your friend or loved one.
  • We’ll explain the process, make you feel comfortable in our recording space, and sit with you during the interview.
  • If you arrive alone, someone from VOICES will conduct the interview.
  • 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 interview:
    (Approx. 2 min.) — The VOICES facilitator shares the philosophy behind VOICES and explains his or her role in the interview process. He or she will answer any questions you may have and have you sign a release form.
  2. PREP
    (Approx. 8 min.) — Paperwork (asking for personal info like name, address, ethnic background).
    (Approx. 4 min.) — Once you’re ready to proceed, the VOICES facilitator will make sure you’re positioned properly for recording and check audio levels.
    (Approx. 40 min.) — Here’s where your question list comes in. Use the questions as suggestions. If you want to ask them in a different order, that’s perfectly fine. If you think of a question that’s not on the list, ask it. When your loved one says something that resonates, ask more questions to flesh things out. “Tell me more” is a great way to get the person to open up.
    (Approx. 6 min.) — We’ll take photos of you and your person separately and together. The photos will be included in the archive.
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