What are you afraid of?
The biggest problem of working on my TV assignments was to get people agree to be interviewed, and on TV.
A councillor from HarrowCivic Center agreed to give me 15 minutes for an interview. When I arrived there, he saw the camera and said: “are you going to film this interview?”
I said “yes”. Then he became hesitated. He thought for a few seconds and said: “sorry, I can’t take video interview. You didn’t say it’s gonna be recorded.”
“It’s absolute my fault. I should have told you this.” I was stupid, and I admitted that.
No matter how I explained and requested, he just didn’t agree.
“If you just write down what I tell you, I can take the interview, but I really can’t do TV interviews,” he repeated.
If he was worried about not presenting himself well before the camera, i.e. not wearing suits, stuttering talking to camera, etc., I would be able to understand. But this man gave the impression that he was afraid of being recorded for what he was going to say. Maybe he though if anything happened, he could deny he had said anything, but if it was on TV, he would have to admit it.
He was indeed afraid of taking responsibilities. Interesting people.