A quick note on the format of this blog. I am a Videographer by trade, so I will be going into a bit of tech detail about each interview set up. For those that aren't here for the filming side, bare with the camera jargon and you'll be rewarded with some massive takeaways from the interview - J
The Interview Set Up.
Over the past few weeks I was given the opportunity to travel to Auckland, Sydney and even Florida in the States to film high profile interviews in the personal development space. We arrived at John's hotel opposite the Skytower in Auckland, NZ and it was all go. I had about 10 minutes after arriving in the room for the first time, to rearrange furniture for filming, set up both DSLR cameras (Canon 5D MKIII & 700D), mic up both Ryan and John with their lapel microphones and test audio levels. After sitting both subjects opposite each other for over the shoulder shots I then had John, who has done over 8,000 interviews in his time, ask me if the lighting was good, which it wasn't at that stage.
I ended up using a standing lamp as a key light source for John and bouncing the light off the mirror door of his wardrobe, giving him enough fill light on his face. For Ryan I opened the curtained and used the day's cloud covered lighting.
When filming overseas you won't always have the full kit that you'd like, such as proper lighting and a boom mic, so, you have to improvise! And that is part of the fun of what I do. I love problem solving under pressure and rolling with what you have available. That being said, it's about being as prepared as you can before the shoot so everything runs smoothly on the day.
Personal Development Takeaways from Demartini
John is a massive thought leader in his space as a human behavioural specialist. He makes $600,000 for every consulting event that he runs through Australia and America. He has also read over 30,000 literatures and has given over 8,000 interviews. He was someone who struggled massively with reading and writing when he was younger. He was failing high school, but because of the people in his life at the time, he decided to make a change. He began reading dictionaries and learning 30 words a day, pretty soon he couldn't stop. The secret to his success? It was nothing other than his mindset. Everyday John would tell himself that he was a genius, and after awhile you start to believe yourself. In his words, soon the fibres in your body tingle with it and the person you were and the world will change with you.
For me this really illustrated the potential for change in my own life through positivity and daily affirmations. He also mentioned in relation to spending our money, that we need to stop investing in material items for short term pleasure, and start investing our funds consistently for long term gain. ROI focused business investments, property, stocks, whatever that looks like for you. It's about making smart choices with funds and looking at what unnecessary expenditure we are investing too much of our assets into for short term pleasure.
Because before we can reach those millions of people to change the world with our work, we first need to realise where we are at with our own mindset. John really helped me see that in order to be successful I need to be living as the best version of myself. I definitely have a lot of work to do, as the whole personal development area is a new one for me. But I feel that these keys will be a massive help in my journey.
So guys, I went in to film John, I came out wanting to better myself, how's that for a productive interview session. Personal development is HUGE for artists and creative business owners. The power of a positive mindset has been the key driver in John's journey to successfully earning over
7 Figures. So make sure to take a moment in your schedule, perhaps first thing in the morning - Positivity: I am a genius... Or, I am unstoppable, a warrior, I am being the best I can be. Something along those lines to empower yourself to keep moving forwards, progressing your skills and achieving those goals.
Watch the full Interview (48 Minutes)
In my kit. (Tech talk)
Main O.S. shot on John - Canon 5DMKIII on tripod with Rode Wireless Lavaliere system feeding John's dialogue direct to camera.
O.S. shot on Ryan (Interviewer) - Canon 700D on tripod. In camera audio for reference.
Ryan Audio - Rode Lavaliere plugged into iPhone 6S using the Rode LE app.
Plenty of spare batteries and SD/CF cards for both cameras.
x2 2TB externals for backup with a MacBook Pro laptop