How does it work?
First, we talk about what you want to talk about (and what you don’t want to talk about). Here are some basic questions to get you thinking:
- What was your childhood like? Where did you grow up?
- Talk about a family tradition when you were a child.
- What was your path after school? Did you graduate? Go to college? Join the service? Serve during a war? Get married? Start a family? Have a career?
- Did anything ever happen in your life that changed everything for you? If so, what was it and how did it change things?
- What is your life like now?
- Is there something you would like people to know or understand about you that you think they might not?
- What do you want your legacy to be? How do you want to be remembered?
The list of questions is meant to be a starting point and to help me (Diane) get better acquainted with you and how you would like your story to unfold. The most important thing to remember is that this is YOUR story and I am simply your guide or facilitator.
How is the interview recorded?
We can do the actual interview in person or online, using either Zoom, now familiar to many people, or SquadCast, which is professional recording software that operates much like Zoom.
Zoom or SquadCast
Whichever software we use, we will send you an invitation and link via email, along with instructions. It is important that you have a strong Internet connection and are in a quiet space where you will not be disturbed. Earbuds or earphones can help enhance the quality of sound but are not necessary. We can do a test recording ahead of time to see if there are any issues that need to be addressed. We also created a handy tip sheet to help you get ready.
To get a sense of what you would get with an audio-only interview, I invite you to listen to some episodes of my podcast project Conversations About Aging. Some were recorded in-person before COVID came along and others were recorded on Zoom or Squadcast.
Excerpt from an online video interview
This interview was done on Zoom. The gentleman was sitting in his kitchen out west and I was in Maine. In the excerpt, he shares a memory about going to the movies as a boy. Yes, there was some mischief involved!
Both of us (Diane and Barry) will come to you to record an in-person video interview. I will ask the questions and Barry will videotape our conversation. Whether we are recording video or audio-only, the preferred location for the recording is a quiet setting where we won’t be disturbed. We can talk about what might be appropriate when we do our pre-interview to discuss potential questions. We are both experienced at making people feel comfortable and at ease. It will be more of a conversation than an interview. The key is that we have many years of experience talking to and videotaping individuals. We’re both old pros at this!
How will I see/hear my recording?
We will send you a link that allows you to download and save your video or audio file directly to your desktop or a thumb drive. You can share the video with friends and family as often as you want. You will also get a full transcript of the interview. Upon request, we can mail you the recording and transcript on a flash drive.
How much does it cost?
To see our list of options, visit our pricing page.
Get in touch
If you are interested or have additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Call Diane at 207-415-1315 or send her an email. Please put Catching Your Memories in the subject line.