Performing for a camera does not feel natural. We get it. Most people struggle to look authentic on video … at the beginning.
Like most things in life, it takes time to get the results. If you’re ready to elevate your on-camera game, then you’ve come to the right place.
1. Get Animated: Gestures “Sell” Your Story
2. Slow Down: Speaking Fast Makes You Sound Nervous
3. Make Contact: Look at your Audience (the camera!)
4. Practice Pausing: It Makes Editing Easier
Whether you’re editing your video or you have someone helping you, the job is easier if you create natural “edit points” to stitch together the video. To integrate this into your performance, practice leaving small pauses in between each one of your sentences or paragraphs. That way, if you make a mistake, the footage can easily be edited at one of these small pauses or edit points. Deliberate pauses also allow your viewer to digest what you’re saying!
5. Stumble, but Restart: Everyone Makes Mistakes
When recording on camera don’t be afraid to make mistakes. The great advantage of recording on camera (when it’s not live) is that you have the ability to cut out all the stumbles and word jumbles. Your final cut can just include the best pieces so you deliver the most powerful performance.
When the time comes and you do make a mistake, or want to rephrase or retake something you’ve said, all you’ll simply need to do is pause…center yourself…backup a bit… and restart from the top of the sentence you were speaking.
Remember, in the grand vineyard of video creation, even the finest wines had a few spilled drops before they became a masterpiece. Don’t let a corked moment stop your recording—pour on and let the blooper reel be a testament to your vintage journey!