Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Behind the Scenes of Tim Street

I call Tim Street, "the man, the myth, the legend" and he truly is the mythic man behind the glasses. Yet he showed up to the interview and took of his glasses. What???!! Tim Street: Unmasked! Yep, that is what this show was all about.

I had interviewed Tim before at the iTVFest red carpet gala, but this was the first time I had the opportunity to talk with him in-depth. I will be honest, he kind of intimidated me. He was also this quiet and quirky man who would show up at new media events, we might exchange a brief word or two, and then he slipped off into the night. While I had a wealth of research to study from and I had prepared two pages of questions, I wasn't sure how this interview was going to turn out. As an interviewer, you always want to retain control but still look comfortable at the same time. It is a delicate balance that can tip at any moment because a guest can be too talkative or not talkative enough. With Tim, I found myself at ease and completely fascinated by the stories he had to tell.

I really hope that web series producers and those interested in the new media industry listen carefully to what Tim has to say in the interview. He has a lot of valuable information to share and with his new e-Book on the way, you will get a Top 10 of things to do and not do before you upload your first web series. So many of us have jumped into the web world in the last 2-3 years. Can you imagine creating something for the Internet in 1999? Well, that is exactly what Tim did. He knows what he is doing and he was doing it way before any of us knew that you could tell stories via the web.

I have also provided you with Tim's look with and without glasses. I shocked a few people when I posted the original photo without glasses on Twitter and Facebook. I received more than a few "What did you do to Tim Street?" comments. Don't worry, kids, he put his glasses back on when he left the building. You will still recognize him at the next Tubefilter event. Oh, and don't be intimidated at all, tell him The Web Files sent you. He's a true new media guru!

I want to thank The Scarlet Tea Room in Pasadena for offering up a fun location and delicious almond champagne. If you haven't had almond champagne before, it's a must. The Scarlet Room is one of the few locations you can get this tasty, bubbly treat, so be sure to try it the next time you hit Old Town Pasadena. Trust me, I wanted more than one glass, but it would have been a completely different interview: The Web Files: The Tipsy Edition.

And finally, wasn't that the worst French accent in the intro? My high school French teacher, Monsieur Doiron, is shaking his head in shame. Je regrette mon accent est terrible. Au Revoir!

For the Tim Street/The Web Files press release: Tim Street Press Release.
If you missed our Tim Street interview, you can watch it here: Tim Street.

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