Michelle Kwan and Director James Kicklighter
Michelle Kwan and Director James Kicklighter

Being that my lens finally arrived and Michelle Kwan, the director of surrogate outreach for the national campaign and former Olympian, came to Virginia and I got to interview her.

She said she hadn't had an interview for the campaign like mine.

In front of a New York Magazine reporter, who was following her for a profile, Michelle Kwan said my interview was like the ABC News magazine 20/20.

I'm very curious to see if that makes it into the piece*. I did speak with the reporter for a while and stated that this was my first political campaign.

Inside our campaign office.
Inside our campaign office.

Editorial Note: I would be the "videographer" in The New York Magazine piece.

I take issue with that phraseology; I am not and never have been a "videographer," I am a director. But, this profile piece had nothing to do with me; I just was there.

James Kicklighter

I totally forgot that was happening until after the fact, that the reporter was from the magazine, even though our press secretary Daniel Wessel was standing with her the whole time.

I told the reporter that this was my first political campaign and I was trying to approach it from a different perspective.

Of course, the perspective is limited to the notes I get from Brooklyn. My experience is simply not in that short form, BuzzFeed arena.

But unfortunately, within the Internet age we work within, that's what the people demand. I'm trying my darnedest to transcend it.

Inside our campaign office.
Inside our campaign office.

Isn't it more interesting to know actually know the motivations behind a person?

Why exactly does someone upend her life in Los Angeles and move to Brooklyn for a year, away from her home and family?

Director James Kicklighter and his intern, Layne, in the Hillary Clinton office
Director James Kicklighter and
his intern, Layne, in the office

My intern Layne is pretty fantastic.

She's inquisitive and wants to know things. For example, I went through the process of color correction on the Kwan piece the other day, exploring what we can do to enhance skin tone.

I wish I had more for her to do. Considering she has her own camera, that gives her something on the stills front.

I've given her Instagram and Twitter to curate content, but I'm sure that's not enough.

But being that we have Bellamy Young, Tim Kaine, Madeline Albright and others in the next few weeks, I'm confident that we will find better ways to deploy her.

Photo taken by director James Kicklighter on an iPhone in Puerto Vallarta
Photo taken by director James Kicklighter
on an iPhone in Puerto Vallarta

Currently, I'm en route to Puerto Vallerta after having numerous drinks on our first class flight.

Xintong, my fiancé, keeps giving me looks of "why are you drinking so much," as we are going to our all-inclusive Hyatt resort with plenty of liquor. But he doesn't fully realize yet the hours and time spent on the campaign.

I forgot my passport today, and fortunately, our friend Taylor has been crashing at our house and was able to bring it at the exact minute needed for me to make the flight.

If he had, literally, been a second later, I would have missed the flight and possibly my whole vacation. That would have sucked, as I probably won't have this much time off until November.

I think Brooklyn is responding to my work thus far. In the notes they delivered on Michelle Kwan, which I edited within the same day (to the amazement of our team), were very positive. They only have a couple of notes that had to do with sound syncing and color correction.

We will see if I can keep that up.