If you landed here, you might have a fear of cameras. It is something we run across more often than not. Because of that, we want to share with you a few tips to help you be more comfortable when you are on camera.
- Don’t take yourself to seriously
- Remember that we are all human
- Look at the camera
- Turn off your phone, stop all distractions
- Slow down, way down
- Take a deep breath
A few years ago, most of us were not in front of a camera. And if we were then it was only for producing a video. Today, we are in zoom meetings regularly.
The good news is that the more you are on video, the better and easier it becomes.
One of our clients, Jody Moore, runs a coaching business. She is one of the best we’ve ever filmed on camera. And we love one of her tips. To paraphrase one of her talking points, “You don’t have to be A+ all the time B- is where you should try to land.”
If you are too serious and worried about landing the perfect line, it will come off as if you are a robot. Are you a robot? I didn’t think so.
One of the hardest things to do is to keep eye contact with the camera. We’ve all been there on those zoom calls looking around the screen at everyone else when you are talking. What are you trying to do? See reactions of course!
But when you are talking on a camera isn’t like being in a room full of people. It requires you to look directly into that blinking light.
So, slow down. Yes, slow way way way down. Nerves can make you speed up and ramble. Take a few deep breaths and slow down.
And if you think you have slowed down enough, slow down some more. You’re not trying to rattle off all the side effects of a medication commercial, right? Let’s leave that type of acting to the professionals.
When we film videos for documentary marketing, the goal is to have our interviewees be confident and comfortable. We typically film in your “backyard” or, as we call it, on-location.
If you’re ready to start creating videos we’d love to help you out.