I've had the honor of being interviewed about my Steampunk art for the Sun Journal newspaper. I mostly make Steampunk hearts out of clay. The article was released today and I can't really describe how happy and excited I am right now! I was very nervous during the days leading up to the interview. I also had a really terrible head cold that zapped all my energy making all the cleaning I had to do more difficult than usual. (I was interviewed in my studio and it was a bit messier than I would have liked) I was also really excited of course.
I’m just starting out and this is a really great opportunity for me. I got all dressed up in my usual fancy outfit and wore one of the hats that I made. I set out a small display of what I felt were some of my best pieces and arranged my typewriters. When the man from the Sun Journal arrived to interview me he was very nice and quite easy to talk to. Most of my fears dispersed, but I still had trouble explaining myself at times. Trying to describe how and why I make hearts is always a little challenging to explain. The photographer was also friendly. She took quite a few pictures of me in front of my display holding Ira my leopard gecko.
The advice I would give to any other artists with an interview before them is mostly to just stay calm and not get tongue tied. Try to plan out some of what you want to say before hand and have examples handy.
Here is a link to the article: http://www.sunjournal.com/news/lewiston-auburn/2012/09/30/makers-lewiston-artists-heart-pins-break-mold/1254529