When answering a reporter’s question repeat the question in your answer and keep it to two or three sentences that are filled with color and emotion.
For example: “What was your inspiration for this play?”
A: My inspiration for this piece of work came from my own struggle with drug addiction. I have been to hell and back, a couple of times. And now I’m ready to tell my story”.
The reporter’s aim is to make the interview sound like you are talking to the person who is watching at home, not as though you are talking to a reporter. When you include their question in your answer it makes the piece sound seamless. When you keep your answer short but meaningful, it makes the piece memorable.
If you practice answering questions like this in your daily life, it will come naturally to you during interviews and will be one less thing to think about.