How To Relax In Front Of The Camera
Does your mind go blank and you can’t remember what you were going to say in front of the camera?
Afraid of making mistakes?
Fear, stress, and nervousness?
Whether you’re new to creating videos or a seasoned professional creating your videos…
Facing your first time in front of the camera can be scary. However, just like learning a few simple tips can go a long way to making you have a better relationship with the lens.
If you’re looking to create internal communications, social media clips, or professional-looking YouTube videos, these tips will show you exactly what to do to get comfortable in front of the camera. Looking good is key.
Smile With Your Eyes
A warm and absolute smile does wonder for coming across as candid and bold. But blaze those pearly whites is only part of the key to smiling.
The eyes can state whether a smile is real or enforced. In this case, crow’s feet can be a good thing.
Posture is power
Making bound to maintain good posture is an important point to embed into your camera performance. You want to always attempt to keep good posture, it‘ll help lots together with your on-camera presence as a whole.
Maintaining a positive body language and visual communication like keeping your shoulders relaxed and your back straight, will assist you to come off as more authoritative giving more perceived value to what you are speaking on.
Dress for success
Pick an outfit that makes you feel good about yourself. Do your hair, makeup, and perhaps trim those nose hairs — that camera can get up close and personal. Whatever causes you to walk out of the house and desire a million bucks, do that! Confidence is always key.
How to speak confidently on camera
Treat the camera as your best friend … You’re speaking to an audience of viewers. Someone will be watching. The best way to connect to a viewer is to speak as if you are talking directly to them. So be yourself!
The point is to get a better feel of your voice, your facial expressions, your unique mannerisms. Speak with emotion! But you are your best friend. At least you should be. Once you become comfortable talking or speaking to yourself, then talking to a camera will be just as easy
PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE!!!
You should always plan what you’re getting to say before a very important event, on-camera or off, then practice aloud to urge into your flow.
The habit will assist you to feel more relaxed and prepared when it comes time to truly record, reducing the number of takes required.
And during a live conferencing situation, you’ll appear more confident as you’re speaking.
Practicing beforehand also will help reduce the amount of ‘erms’ you create during your presentation, making you sound more professional, convincing, and concise.
Have a plan, but not a teleprompter.
Having a script may help you organize your thoughts, but don’t let that be the end-all, be-all of your videos.
Know your topic and the points you want to touch on, but don’t worry about repeating the same thing every time. If you focus on a script and mess up with even a single word, it
could throw your whole impression good. Instead, have fun, be natural, and let the words flow.
A few other things to consider to get comfortable on camera –
Keeping hydrated is one of the simplest secrets to recording vocals, whether it’s singing, or conducting an interview. This may actually allow you to pronounce your words better, and it’ll allow you to talk for extended.
Also, keeping hydrated helped to scale back what referred to as “sibilance”. Otherwise referred to as the natural hiss sounds when pronouncing T’s, S’s, SH’s, & Z’s.
Talk slow and concisely –
Some of the time, almost like speaking in front of the camera there is a natural tendency to sometimes speed up and speak too fast while delivering your performance. This can seem to come off as somewhat of nervous energy. Just remember to slow down. Which helps with your next point as well.
My final tips
Don’t let the fear of making a mistake take away from your performance
When recording on camera don’t be afraid to form mistakes. The good advantage of recording on camera (when it’s not a live application) is that we will cut out all the mistakes, and
just take the best and simplest pieces to deliver the foremost
When the time comes and you are doing make an error, or
want to rephrase or retake something you’ve said, all you’ll simply get to do is a pause, center yourself, back up a touch, and restart from the top of the sentence you were speaking.
Remember: You don’t have to change your personality
Just because you’re on camera doesn’t mean you have got to show it into a newscaster or some other personality. Part of being a memorable speaker has to do with communicating from the heart. It’s better to let yourself shine through rather than to try to be something you’re not—even if you think the latter is “what people want to see.”
Being confident on the camera is not always easy. We all know that feeling of panic that comes with pressing the record button That feeling can come from different sources, which is why the 10-tips that use to covers almost all aspects of what causes us to be nervous or uncomfortable on camera.
This secret 10 tip is not foolproof, but it has absolutely helped you to be more confident on camera.
Zahrina Robertson works with Speakers, Leaders, Experts, Consultants, Entrepreneurs, and trusted advisors to increase and harness their personal branding through video and photography branding business strategies that position your purpose and Stand Out!
Creating a million dollar personal brand starts from the inside out. As a globally renowned photographer, personal branding strategist, and professional speaker Zahrina Robertson has mastered the art of creating magnetism online, onstage, and in life. After all the future is BRAND YOU. She is on a mission to empower others with the tools she has developed to create an image and branding transformation that truly captures your most magnetic self.
Zahrina has published a number of branding books including “MAGNETIC BRANDING” “The Complete Guide to a Brand That Attracts”.
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