A few weeks ago I did something I never thought I’d be brave enough to do: I was interviewed on Israeli TV about my modern Judaica designs.
Appearing on TV is something I’ve wanted to do for years. Except I didn’t think I’d have the nerve to do it because I had a lifelong fear of public speaking.
Then, earlier this year, my son’s Bar Mitzvah took place and I was compelled to make a speech. I was nervous but determined to do it. It took a lot of courage but I succeeded. And not only did it go really well, but I finally overcame my anxiety of speaking in public too.
So when I got a call out of the blue from the producer of a talk show inviting me to talk about my designs, although I was surprised and slightly hesitant, I agreed to take part. After all, if I could give a speech at my son’s Bar Mitzvah party – why not appear on TV?
The program had a Jewish / religious slant and the focus would be about a selection of my best-selling designs, in particular, my Apollo Mezuzah, which was the first mezuzah ever to be taken into space.
The interview was to be conducted all in Hebrew. However, that was the least daunting aspect of the experience. I’ve now lived in Israel for over 20 years, so feel comfortable speaking in Hebrew.
Rather, the most challenging aspects were talking about my work. To try and express my feelings, thoughts and instincts through my designs. In addition, the program was to be filmed as a live show – unedited. (Even though it was broadcast later.)
In addition, apart from a short five-minute telephone interview a week before, I had no idea what questions they would ask me.
It was here that my daughter came to my assistance, as she practised interviewing me about my work. I found that this helped me immensely and I got used to the idea of being able to give spontaneous answers to any questions about my designs.
I can’t say I wasn’t nervous, but in the end, I think it went quite well. And part of the credit for that must go to my children too for their roles which gave me the confidence to do it.
Check out the short interview – with English subtitles – and see for yourself.