No matter what message you’re trying to send nor story you’re trying to tell, video can undoubtably help you to reach and connect with the people you’re trying to build some type of relationship with.
That’s why it’s so important to start figuring out how to get yourself comfortable in front of a camera, if you’re not already. And if you’re not, don’t get bent out of shape over it. Not many are.
You just need to learn how to get around the discomfort, and as longtime NY / NJ video production pros, trust us, there are ways. Read on to learn about a few.
1. Have a gameplan.
You may think that you can offset your discomfort with being on camera simply by forging ahead without thinking much about it, something like the taking-off-the-bandaid approach. Just get it over with, right?
Wrong. The truth is that almost every newcomer to appearing on camera who takes that kind of approach ends up becoming an entirely different person once they see that red record light on the camera.
That becomes an even bigger issue when the video’s streaming live, which is more and more common these days. For more on that, check out this post, Live-Streaming Video Production and All the Possibilities It Presents.
So, doing a little planning and preparing instead. That may mean writing a script and practicing it over and over or perhaps just jotting down some important words of phrases on some index cards which you can refer to if need be.
How you go about preparing and practicing will depend on your particular goals and the specific preferences and expectations of the viewers you’re trying to reach, but the bottom line is that coming up with a gameplan and preparing for the process will be a huge help.
2. Take your comfort level into account throughout.
Aside from preparing yourself for your actual appearance in your video, you can also take your comfort level, or discomfort level, into account in other areas before you appear on camera too.
For instance, your choice of attire can make all the difference. Yes, it may seem tempting at times to make some kind of bold fashion statement in your video, but not at the expense of feeling uncomfortable, physically.
And it’s not just bold fashion moves either. You don’t want to wear anything that you wouldn’t typically wear in real life. That doesn’t mean that you can’t dress up if the project calls for a more formal look, but just that you dress up how you normally dress up. For some tips on that, check out this post, Tips for Choosing What to Wear When Appearing on Camera for a Commercial or Corporate Video Production.
The same goes for your hair, any possible makeup, etc. The bottom line is that appearing on camera can be daunting enough, and can cause plenty of discomfort. So, don’t add any more reasons to make yourself uncomfortable once the cameras roll.
3. Take a breather whenever necessary.
Many people new to film or video production get so caught up in the process and, in some cases, their often overwhelming discomfort with it, that they forget that it’s perfectly okay to pause and catch their breath once in a while.
Don’t get us wrong. We’ve been in video production in NY and NJ for a long time now and any production demands a certain level of efficiency, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t take a few moments to collect yourself and your thoughts whenever you need to.
After all, your being flustered or rambling on won’t typically make for great content, so what’s the point is powering your way through it? You’ll just end up with a lot of footage that will never see the light of day anyway.
So, if you suddenly forget what you were going to say next or just find yourself in one of those overwhelming moments, just take a deep breath. It’s not like you’re in a play on stage, and it’ll only be better for your video in the end anyway.
4. Don’t be too hard on yourself.
Sometimes, newcomers to film or video cause themselves the most stress and discomfort. They simply cannot stand to see themselves on a screen and/or hear their own voice.
So, they get into their own heads by over-thinking every little thing they do and move they make on the video. That tends to just make matters worse as it inly serves to cause a whole lot more discomfort.
That’s why you need to give yourself some slack. Try to take a step back and look at the content objectively. Remember that you’re probably picking the tiniest things out, things that no one else would ever even notice.
And don’t expect to deliver every single line like an Oscar-winning actor either. If it’s your first time on camera, then there will undoubtably be some first-timer blues, but that’s perfectly fine. That’s where your practice and preparation will help, and you’ll only get smoother with time.
5. Try to think of it as a casual conversation.
Yes, the eye of the camera can be somewhat intimidating, which is why it can be so helpful to think of it instead as an old friend if you’re trying to talk directly to the viewer.
Try to act naturally, as you would if there a person standing in the camera’s place. Again, this is where doing plenty of practicing comes into play, even if it means having a friend record you speaking or answering questions.
The bottom line is that appearing on camera isn’t easy for everyone. In fact, it’s not easy for most people, and is instead intimidating and uncomfortable. So, if you fit into that category, don’t fret. You’re not alone, and now you have a few tricks up your sleeve!
About Us: KVibe Productions, a full-service film & video production company in NJ / NY, can handle every aspect of the production process. Whether it’s a corporate video production, a commercial video, a feature film, etc., at KVibe, we create to inspire.