I just got off the phone with Thomas Toscano from WBTN radio.
He had a cancellation on his Sunday Morning Art Magazine Show and asked me if I would take the spot. So there I was at 9:03 this morning sitting on the couch talking to Thomas, live on the radio, as if it was the most natural thing in the world.
The last time I was on a radio show was in the early 80’s when I was volunteering for NYPIRG and read a written statement on the student radio program. I just remember being really nervous.
Maybe it’s because I’ve seen Jon sit in the living room so many times giving interviews over the phone, or maybe it’s because I just really like talking about my work and myself (can it be?!) that once Thomas asked me the first question I was off and running.
I also know from listening to many radio interviews that Thomas is good at what he does. Asking interesting questions and having a real conversation instead of just waiting for answers and moving onto the next question.
The first thing he asked me was how my childhood influenced where I am in my life now as an artist. I never expected that, but also found I had no trouble answering it.
I was a little nervous leading up to the interview. I didn’t even write about it on my blog which is unusual for me. I was having some self-doubts about it. What if I really screwed it up? Said “um” to many times, couldn’t think of anything to say? Stumbled when telling a story as I often do? The fewer people listening the better. And even worse, what if I did write about it on my blog and still no one listened.
I had fallen into an old dark place about it. So I did what I used to do when I was in that place…nothing.
But then I did know Jon plugged it on his blog. I was grateful he did, I just couldn’t do it for myself.
And now here I am writing about, like I’ve just discovered something new about myself. Something new that I can do. I liked it. A lot. It was actually fun.
I learned from it too and got some insights into another creative person’s life and choices that made sense to me in my own life.
I may be able to get a link to an archive of the conversation. If I can I’ll post it on my blog. Or, if it happens again, next time I’ll be sure to let you all know.