Last week, I was teaching a Transom Traveling Workshop out on Catalina Island. We were talking about interviewing and one of the students asked “What’s something we should do in an interview that we haven’t talked about yet? Something challenging.” And I quickly responded, “Ask uncomfortable questions.”
I had that answer at the ready because of my recent HowSound interview with Ashley Ahearn. In fact, there was one question in particular I was so nervous to ask, I told Ashley I was reminded of something Robin Williams once said. He was asked how his divorce was going and he replied, “I feel like a hemophiliac in a razorblade factory.”
Okay, my interview with Ashley about her new podcast “terrestrial” wasn’t quite that hard, but I sure was uneasy. And I certainly should have been. I asked her about her appearance.
Turns out, I shouldn’t have been so nervous. Asking Ashley about her clothes and hair led to one of my favorite HowSound interviews.
(Our chat about her appearance was edited for length in this episode. Here’s the entire conversation.)
Thanks to Melanie Moore for the photo of Ashley. It was taken at the Duwamish River superfund site in Seattle.