After five months of recording, I’ve just finished taping the finale of the first series of my podcast, Dua Lipa: At Your Service – 12 episodes, done! From chats with loved ones to deep dives with new friends, I’ve had the most incredible time researching, preparing and conducting these interviews and conversations. Not only have I been able to give people I admire the space to tell their stories, but I’ve also realised so much, from the things that make me curious to the incredible, surprising, and universal commonalities so many of us share. Tomorrow, make sure you listen to our finale, and read below to see just a sliver of what I learned in the process. See you for Series Two!
- Trust my own instincts. I’ve realised that if I ask something I’m curious about, then others are likely curious about it too. I’ve changed my mindset to think about the podcast more like a conversation than an interview, which has led to some incredible moments.
- Let my guests know I’m listening without saying so. Little cues such as nodding or smiling, on video and in person, gives them the space to keep talking without cutting them off. A constant reminder I give myself.
- Preparation! Organisation is really important to me. I get the most out of the experience when I prepare in advance. Being on the other end of the microphone can be draining, so being prepared is a way I take care of myself.
- Relax. Sometimes, the best moments come spontaneously. I can (and do!) prepare all I want, but the conversation flows best when it feels natural and organic.
- Enjoy the experience. I love my job! I can’t believe how much fun I’ve had creating our first season, and I’m beyond excited to start planning the next!