What’s in your first episode?

To tell a story episode by episode, you need bravery and trust. You know your values, your goals, and your team. But you don’t always know which turns you’ll take on the way to your destination.

It makes you vulnerable. And it makes for irresistible viewing. Your audience is with you on the journey, eager to see what’s next. And you authentically convey your deepest commitments.

Photographer and multimedia artist John Noltner is starting a new chapter of his project, A Peace of My Mind. We rode along to the first interview in an episodic series he’ll share on his YouTube channel. “Driving to Texas Death Row” shows the nervousness and uncertainty leading up to Noltner’s interview with Pete Russell, who has been incarcerated on Death Row since 2003.

Nerves:
About guards, about directions, about being on camera, about having come all this way to meet a stranger. We can relate.

Noltner on why he’s going there:
“I think it’s worthwhile to do some self-examination and ask ourselves if [the death penalty] squares up with our values, if it squares up with the way we want to operate in the world. In part, a visit like this today is to make that more real. I think it also carries with it the potential for a lot of personal, inner discomfort. When you expose yourself to difficult things, there can be a price to pay for that, but that’s not a thing to retreat from.”

Noltner on how he’s getting there:
“I have to do a U-turn because I was talking and not paying attention.”

Tip from Chris:
In video storytelling, you almost always feel some vulnerability. To tell your story (or business’s or group’s story) on video, you put some part of yourself on the screen. Most people feel some type of nerves about that. But don’t let nerves stop you! The sense that something’s at stake is powerful; it brings a video story to life.

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