Posted by Todd Hartley | August 16, 2016
Getting in front of a camera is intimidating, especially if you don’t do it regularly.
People worry about all kinds of things when they’re on-camera, even the pros:
What if you forget your lines?
What if there’s something stuck in your teeth?
What if you look as uncomfortable as you feel?
Sorry to break it to you, but your suspicions were right — not everyone was born to be a star.
But luckily, with a little practice, even the most camera-shy person can get over their camera-induced worries, and shine during their next video shoot.
To make sure your next production runs smoothly, I’ve compiled my 14 best tips for looking comfortable and confident on camera. From getting over your nerves to identifying the details that only the experts know to look for, I’ll tell you how to make your next on-screen presentation your best yet…even if it’s your first!
You won’t want to miss this episode!
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In This Episode, You’ll Learn:
- News Update: For the first time ever, more people are watching live-streamed coverage of the 2016 Olympics than on television
- News Update: Major television networks are wary about striking any deals with Facebook for video features — find out why
- News Update: a man was arrested after trying to scale the Trump Tower using suction cups. His stunt, which was live-streamed on Facebook, went viral — learn more about going viral here
- News Update: Have you heard of the YouTube Channel, Hikea? This viral channel is only about a week old, but has already developed a huge audience and an engaged community. Learn how to build your own YouTube community here
Why teleprompters can help when you’re talking about a complex topic (and find out what my favorite teleprompter app is)
- How to decide whether you need a teleprompter or not
- How to make a script feel natural and lets your personality come through
- Why dressing your best can improve your overall presentation on video
- Why it’s important to speak directly to your audience
- Why you need to remove “I think” from your on-camera persona
- How to use body language and your tone of voice to look and sound like an expert
- What fine details to be aware of when you’re getting ready to get in front of the lens
- Why swivel chairs are your worst enemy when you’re on camera
- Why you should consider adding hair and makeup into your production budget
- Why practice makes perfect (and editing is your best friend)
Links & Resources
- Learn how to go viral in VMM Podcast Ep. 19
- Learn how to build a YouTube community in VMM Podcast Ep. 21
- PromptSmart: an app that works as a teleprompter, and tracks your voice
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