Hot! New Feature: Reenactor Interviews


One of the things I love most about this hobby is the fascinating people you meet at events.  In an attempt to show the width and breadth of this varied community, I’ve decided to start doing some interviews of reenactors.  Here are some of the questions I’ll be asking:

Give a basic description of yourself *outside* the hobby (where you live, employment, family status, other hobbies, whatever you want to mention):

How did you get into the hobby, and how old were you?

What is your favorite period to reenact?  Why?

What is your favorite period of history?  Why?

What impressions do you do? Which is your favorite? Why?

What’s your favorite thing about being a reenactor?  What about your least favorite?

Is there anything you do that is unusual within the hobby?

What do you love about the hobby as a whole?  What are your gripes with it?

Are you involved in the hobby at a different level than most (such as a merchant, umbrella org official, staff at a historical site, etc) and if so, what is that like?

Describe the best moment you’ve experienced in the hobby.

How do you think the hobby will change in the next 10-20 years?  What changes would you like to see?

What’s your best piece of advice for someone interested in becoming a reenactor?

Ignoring cost, practicality, etc, what is your “dream impression”?

Anything else you’d like the readers here to know?

As always, I love input from my readers, so if there’s a question you’d like to see me add to this list, let me know in the comments!


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  1. I suggest amending “What is your favorite impression? Why?” To “What impressions do you do? Which is your favorite? Why?” This would allow readers to see what the interviewee’s favorite impression is relative to what other one’s s/he has.

  2. I would find these answers interesting: “How do you describe reenacting to those unfamiliar with the hobby?”
    “What do your non-reenacting friend or family think about what you do?”
    “How has being a reenactor changed you personally?” or “What have you learned from delving into the past that has helped you in the present day?”