I wasn’t having a conversation with the piano as the title of the post implies. Recently I agreed to do a Q&A at an opening reception for the If You Only Knew exhibit.
A grand piano….and the radio. More on the radio later.
You can’t see it here, but I chose to stand/lean on the piano and not at the mic stand. You see, I’m fight-or-flight scared (more like flight and hide in the bathroom type of scared) of speaking in public. With the photo essay I’ve been out and about with over the last year, it’s really pushed my comfort zone. Bulldozed is more like it. So I’ve had to get into my head and think of ways that might help temper that feeling.
I know many of you won’t get it. You’re not scared of anything. And I’m so envious of that. But I also know there are many of you who do understand.
Not sure who I was pointing at or why….but I’m smiling, so it’s all good. :)
See you on the radio
Not only did I have to get through the Q&A on that Thursday evening, but I also knew I had a radio interview the next morning. At 8am. Not my friendliest time of day! Not to mention my voice is very “froggy” in the morning. I was really nervous, but I am so pleased with how well it turned out. (I just kept imagining I was talking to her at a coffee shop, just the two of us.) The interviewer was prepared and had done her research on my website, asking me fabulous questions. If you’d like to listen, here it is the interview from KUMD in Duluth, MN.
Update on the book
If You Only Knew: Revealing the humanity of mental illness is scheduled to publish in December 2019, with Pre-Orders beginning in October/early November. The book contains more interviews and photographs, including the people I interviewed for the exhibit. You can sign up for my regular newsletter (receive photography and art updates and previews plus book information), or the book-only newsletter here.