Writing a profile has been one of the most enjoyable projects I’ve done so far. I wouldn’t consider myself a writer but I do love writing about people. I think everyone has a story worth telling. So writing a profile was a great opportunity for me to interview and get to know a person I probably would never have got to known otherwise.
This process was an interesting one for me that required organisation and some give and take from both sides. It demanded cooperation and a certain amount of trust. As soon as we got speaking I realised my interviewee was nervous and didn’t want to open up very much. I had to gain his confidence and trust in order for him to share with me. This was a rewarding experience but I couldn’t help but wonder how much I could really learn from a couple of hours of knowing my interviewee. I wondered if there were details he didn’t share with me, and perhaps I with him.
Overall I had to make sure I was honest and I took special care not to jump to conclusions or make any judgments but let the person speak for himself. I think my profile was successful in portraying an aspect of my interviewee’s character but was definitely limited by the short time we spent together. I think the strongest feature of this profile is the revealing of my interviewee’s qualities in a human and real way. Its weakest are perhaps that it is short and doesn’t go enough in depth and detail into his story.
I was very inspired by reading previous class members’ interviews, especially John Marks profile. This helped me decide what sort of tone I wanted my profile to have: personal but interesting and factual. For me the most important thing in this profile was story and voice. I think I managed to convey both of these, I just hope my voice didn’t drown out his.