Sarah Grant

Musings on Poker and Other Stuff

Letting It Go a Bit

July 23, 2012 1 comments

Tags: Sarah grant, Kristy arnett, Lynn gilmartin, Bloopers.

I remember when I did one of my first tournaments on my own and Kristy Arnett saw the blooper reel, she asked me, "why can't you let a little more of that show through in your interviews?" We talked about it briefly and she said she couldn't figure out why I was so sarcastic and fun in real life, but as soon as the camera came on I got all tense and acted like the nice, dumb girl. I was like a deer in headlights when the camera lights turned on. My personality turned off. People said these all these mean things about me. And then as soon as the blooper reel would come out people would be like, "that chick is hilarious."

But I was still having a hard time figuring out how to put that bit of me into what I considered 'serious' interviews. But slowly and surely as I gaged the reactions from players I realized it actually made them feel more comfortable when I was being myself too! I relaxed and add libbed a bit more. Listened a bit more instead of trying to remember my planned questions and ended up with some silly interviews.

Instead of trying to plan I let things evolve more naturally. And it just makes things more fun. I realized when you are having fun, so is the interviewee and so is the viewer. And so, in honor of that, here is us at our best from this years WSOP. My favorite moments, the authentic ones where we get to be us! And the players get to react.

Hope you enjoy. I'm enjoying two days at a winery in California with the slowest internet ever! Hope it actually goes up.