Video interview: how I shifted from a veggie diet to a vegan lifestyle
Interviewing vegan businesses
I've been interviewing vegan businesses for a while now. It started off by creating articles in which I invited the business to share some of the following information:-
- raise awareness about what they sell,
- discuss what made them create the business,
- share what their goals are
- how customers can buy their products
- express if their product is affected by the use of vegan 'ingredients'
However, more recently, I've ventured into the world of video. I have started recording short interviews with vegan businesses, through which they share what's new and show how they've grown since they began their journey.
Being on the other end of the camera
I've not been interviewed before and I have always been quite shy about being filmed. Then I met Amanda! Amanda is lovely lady who's on a mission to interview 365 vegans within a year. She is open and perceptive, which means she can create and deliver unique interviews, which focus on a variety of things.
It was raining so we couldn't record the interview outside. Instead, we found a spot which wasn't busy and started recording the interview. A short while after camera began rolling, I almost forgot that I was on camera. It felt natural and it was like we were having a chat. I was really chuffed with the final piece.
What Amanda asked me during the interview
Here are the questions that Amanda asked me during the interview. The answers to some of them flowed, and others, needed a little thought, because there were many parts to the answer.
- What is it like being vegan in London?
- We have heard that a lot of people go vegan but then go back to eating meat. Why do you think that is?
- Do you think people would be more consistent with veganism if they had more support?
- Tell me about you being a vegan coach.
- What do you offer as a vegan coach?
- A lot of people say "just go vegan" do you think that helps?
- Is there a link between Jainism and veganism?
- Do you have any tips for people that want to go vegan?
Your thoughts after watching interview
Now that you've seen the interview, what do you think? Do you think it's possible to make going vegan, and staying vegan, seamless? What kind of support would you need if you made the shift? Can you suggest any tips to those who want to go vegan or maintain the shift they've made already?
"My perspective of veganism was most affected by learning that the veal calf is a by-product of dairying, and that in essence there is a slice of veal in every glass of what I had thought was an innocuous white liquid - milk."
- Rynn Berry, quoted in Joanne Stepaniak, The Vegan Sourcebook, 1998