In September, PokerListings contacted me about possibly doing some work for them on their site. I was the first person filmed for The Circuit during the WSOP in Las Vegas in July, and had received a lot of positive responses. Considering the fact that I had plenty of free time, I jumped at the opportunity.
My dilemma was what exactly did I want to do? Since being let go from my last position, several sites contacted me about working with them, but it was for things I didn't really feel comfortable doing. Eventually after a flurry of emails between me and Matt Showell, we eventually came to an agreement.
I'll admit the title "Kevmath Presents: Awkward Moments with ..." is a bit … awkward. But I pitched the idea and title to Matt and he liked the idea. For those about to view this video and many others (fingers crossed), the plan is to run the interview using Skype and my inexpensive webcam without any editing. Apologies in advance for any issues with the quality of the video, I was using some new software and hopefully future editions will look much better.
For those that have come in contact with me on my various journeys on the poker circuit the past year, the idea of me doing video interviews may seem strange as they're aware I can be incredibly shy in most social situations. My appearing on camera was sort of a big deal when people saw me for the first time just over a year ago. It has been an interesting experience. When I worked this year at the WSOP for BLUFF Magazine, the one assignment I dreaded the most was the idea to do a brief audio interview with a player for my daily recaps. Fortunately, most of them went off without a hitch (with some notable exceptions).
For obvious reasons, I knew the first interview for this series was going to be with Tatjana Pasalic (@tattytats). Yes, because she's the one that convinced me to come out of hiding, and she's very attractive (WPT Magazine and Gambling911.com can't be wrong, right?).
The reason Tatjana was my first interview was because when she interviewed me, I was incredibly nervous and it showed. Some may consider the seven minutes or so cute, but it's something I've had a difficult time watching again. This was a chance to prove to myself that I have evolved to a point when I can be the interviewer instead of the interviewee.
When I told her of my plans, she was certainly willing to do the interview, now the only problem was to actually have it take place. Unfortunately due to a series of miscommunications and scheduling, it would take two weeks to finally get it done. Thursday afternoon, before I was going to go out and take a walk, still frustrated from an attempt the day before that fell through, I got a DM from her on Twitter saying she would be able to do the interview in a few minutes. After finally figuring out how to record video, what you see is the finished product, for better or worse. Hopefully you'll like it.
Also included is a special bonus clip featuring Tatjana and her boyfriend, McLean Karr (for those that didn't see it earlier when I posted on Twitter) where McLean enjoys some home cooking while answering questions about love of bacon and other questions.
Any ideas on who I should talk with next, I'm always open to suggestions, so hit me up on Twitter @Kevmath.
Kevmath Bonus Clip with Tatjana and McLean Karr