Over the years I’ve been conducted over 50 interviews with many great people from the video game industry or not depending on their career path. But let me tell you that at the very beginning, I was simply terrified. The first thing that comes to my mind when speaking about interview nervousness is when my publisher for the PlayStation books I co-wrote asked me to call, giving me his phone number, Toby Gard, Lara Croft creator. I remember just being frozen that evening. How the hell would I manage to call such a renowned person, a pillar of the video game industry? Would he wonder how I got his personal phone number? Who am I to call him out of the blue? All of this and more were racing through my mind. The next morning I nervously called him, and he was so nice and just asked me to send him an email to know more about our project. And that was it. All this nervousness was only in my head.
The second was a little bit better, the next one even more and before I knew it I was calling, organizing, and speaking with industry vets because I was very curious about their life. The gap that was separating me from them quickly disappeared and I just let myself be guided by the fact that I was and still am actually serving them the way I can, sharing their amazing experience with the world.
In other words, don’t worry if you’re nervous. Take a deep breath. You’re not being rude taking up some of their precious time because it will be used to add depth to your own story if you choose to use those interviews seamlessly or even a new part to your book if you choose to have these discussions separated from the rest of your story. Not only do you help your interviewee by spreading his or her achievements, you also want make sure you have all the facts that will better serve your overall story and that’s what you want, right?
Believe in yourself and you’ll be able to conquer about each and every obstacle in your way.