I had never done a TV show (of any kind) so it was very interesting to see how it gets put together. We got there two hours early and ran a "rehearsal" in which the host practiced reading the questions from the teleprompter and carrying on a conversation, while Aaron and I got practice answering, avoiding looking at the camera, and trying to mentally prepare for the questions. After the run through, we got some notes on different topics to "punch up" in the final draft and we got some make-up. I was relatively pleased with the first round...though part of me had completely forgotten what I said. I really just answered the questions and went along with it.
While the second (and final) round went well, I couldn't help but feel like the first set of answers were better. There's almost an element of overthinking or trying to imitate yourself, or even trying to one-up your previous answers. While I was able to give very concise, solid answers in the first round, the questions were slightly different in the filmed version and I found myself going on completely different tangents. Both versions were solid, but I almost wished they would have captured our initial answers. They were not as polished, but they were much more spontaneous.
Maybe that's why they always say "third time is a charm". The first round is excitable but unfocused, the second round is focused but loses the dynamic element, and the third round is where it's perfected. Of course, sometimes it's three strikes and you're out. Regardless, making the episode was a lot of fun and I'm excited to see the final version Nov. 13 at 9:30pm on WQED. At the very least, I avoided looking like Frank Underwood playing the vowel game.