Feel confident in front of the camera
We all had to get used to being on camera and seeing ourselves recorded in video meetings during the pandemic. While this needed time to get used to, it can be more unpleasant to record yourself on video without having a live conversation with someone on the other end of the line.
Because this is such an essential element of MailVideo, and mastering filming oneself confidently is vital, we put together this handy guide with ten ideas for being confident in front of the camera. This guide is here to help you get more comfortable with our tool and increase your outreach and engagement.
1. Why am I afraid of being on camera?
Being uncomfortable with being on video is normal. So, there is no need to be embarrassed about something that everyone struggles with. It is more important to understand why you are afraid of it to face your fear.
There are a lot of things that people can worry about, like “Do I look weird on camera?”, “Does my voice sound strange?”, “Will I be too nervous about speaking without stuttering?”, “What will people think about me when they see this video?”.
Think about your biggest fear, and then develop a strategy to deal with it. Think about the worst outcome and reconsider if there is a need to be afraid of that. Ask others about their opinion or how they deal with it.
2. Focus on the message
When you record a video, try to focus on the message you want to communicate. (Most) people will not watch the video because of you but the content present. So be clear about what you want to say and ensure that everyone understands it without any other information or prior knowledge.
It’s not at all harmful to have the video scripted, especially if you’re just getting started with recording videos. Also, practicing what you want to say several times before you record it will help you gain more confidence and communicate your message more clearly.
3. Behave calm and professional
This is said quickly, but there are a few tricks that you can follow, and calmness and professionality will come naturally. Being calm and speaking clear helps to speak slower than you usually do, and this will help you keep calm and allow you more time to express your concern perfectly. Having a glass of water at hand will let you take little breaks that seem natural and will help your voice.
There are also a few technical things that should be on point for a professional video. One essential thing is lighting. Make sure to be in bright surroundings and not have too much direct light on your face. The best way is to have your primary light source besides or above your screen. In a bright environment, it is also important to stage your background. Think about what impression people get from it. It might be good to be in front of a bookshelf for some videos, while for others, you can have a beach behind you.
Not only is your background essential, but also how you look. Dress as if you would present on stage. This not only appears more professional but also gives you self-confidence. Finally, the right angle is critical. Usually, you get the best results if your camera is placed right in front of you and slightly above your eyes.
4. Don’t take it too seriously
The best videos are often created when calm and relaxed, casually transmitting your message. It is essential to be serious about what you do but being too perfectionistic can lead to a suboptimal result. Some “ahh” and “ehh” only make you and the video more human and relatable.
Also, don’t retake a sequence 1000 times. It is OK to take a few tries if you are not happy, but don’t overdo it. The first shot is often the best, be confident about your intuition!
5. Use mimic and gestures
Expressing yourself and your message through body language is vital to building an engaging relationship with your customers. A video where you don’t move and look bored yourself won’t trigger excitement with the spectator.
Look at successful YouTubers; they capture their audience's attention by exaggerating body language. Use this for yourself and underline what you want to say by showing excitement about it. This will help you to enormously expand your outreach.
6. Don’t get distracted (by minor mistakes)
When you record yourself without anyone listening or at the other end of a call, the one thing that will distract you is yourself and taking care of every little detail of your appearance. Try not to focus too much on that but more on the flow of your argumentation.
There is no need to get distracted by small mistakes or irregularities; the opposite is the case; it will make your video appear more natural, which can help to build a more personal relationship with your audience.
7. Start with Audio only
Videos consist of two components, image, and sound. Two make it easier for you to start with MailVideo; you can do screen recording-only videos and record your voice. Doing that, you can focus on the sound part first before also taking in your image.
This will make it easier to focus on one thing at a time, and you can perfect your what and how you say it. Once you get more confident, you can also record yourself and practice being on video.
8. Trim your own video
This has two advantages; first, you see the result and get more confident with seeing yourself on video, and you will know that you are doing great!
Second, you are in control of what is published. If there is a section that you’re not happy with, there is still time to redo it or just cut it out.
9. Try out with friends and family
Before you publish your first videos, send them to your family and best friends. They will give you the most honest feedback and provide you with advice on what you could improve.
This will also help you to grow your self-confidence for the following videos.
10. Do it, do it, do it
The last tip is probably the most important one. You will get better and better by becoming more confident with being on camera. A lot of practice can only achieve this. No one is born a tv-star; there is a reason why universities offer studies in acting and filmmaking. Over time, you will master being on camera and become your company’s camera star!