Crow’s Lightwriter speech synthesizer. (Photo by Emily Bender)
Crow bathes with a caregiver. (Photo by Emily Bender)
Crow died of ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease in 2007. (Photo by Emily Bender)
A very successful radio and multi-media producer got her start at Salt. She’s worked for a major public radio program and a major newspaper conducting training and producing audio slideshows. She once told me she sat in her car and cried for a half hour before finding the courage to walk down the street and interview people for a vox pop project at Salt.
Fear runs rampant in the early weeks at Salt. Students fear cold-calling a source, or pulling out recording gear for a first interview, or standing like a gear-laden mannequin in a crowd collecting ambient sound .
On this edition of the Saltcast, we feature Andrea Silenzi’s Salt story “Two Weeks” — Andrea’s first ever. (Andrea is not who I’m referring to above.) The story is about Crow, a woman dying of Lou Gehrig’s Disease, or ALS. Talk about tackling a subject matter that might cause even a seasoned producer to freeze in their tracks! But even with butterflies in her stomach, Andrea crossed the fear threshold with grace to produce a stunning story of courage and the life beyond.
We’d love to hear your stories of “producer fear” and how you overcame it — or didn’t. Please post ’em here at the blog.