Are You Nervous About Being On Camera?
Speaking to a camera lens can feel like staring down the barrel of a loaded gun
Being on camera and facing the lens, whether it be for a professional video shoot or a simple selfie, can feel like staring down the barrel of a gun. Nerves can be overwhelming and keep you from performing to the best of your ability. Fortunately, there are some tips and techniques you can use to help manage your nervousness so that you can make the most of your time in front of the camera.
1. Take a Moment to Relax
Taking a few moments to relax before shooting can help settle your nerves and get you into the right frame of mind. Relaxing can also come a little bit easier if you are wearing appropriate but comfortable clothing. Bring your comfy shoes along. Who knows, you may be able to wear them because your feet may not be in the shot. Note: Having a good night’s sleep can do wonders… but it’s not a deal breaker.
2. Know Your Lines
Knowing what you’re going to say before shooting will help alleviate some of your anxieties about being on camera. Rehearse your lines ahead of time so that when it comes time for filming, you already have them memorized and don’t have to worry about forgetting them while on camera.
3. Use A Teleprompter
If you have a lot of lines to memorize, ask the video production team if you can use a teleprompter. By using a teleprompter you can spend a bit more time focusing on how you present yourself rather than trying to memorize all of your lines. Note: Be sure to ask the video production team for the teleprompter before the day of the video shoot.
4. Work With The Team
The camera crew has no intention of stressing you out. They are a part of your video production team. As they strive to do their best, they want to do everything they can to help you do your best. It’s okay to lean on them. If you are nervous, you can let them know and they will help you out.
5. Have Fun
Remember that being in front of a camera is supposed to be fun! Instead of focusing solely on how nerve-wracking it is, try to enjoy yourself and appreciate how blessed you are to have this opportunity in front of an audience!
By following these tips and techniques, you should find yourself feeling more comfortable when facing down the barrel of a camera lens! With practice and patience, being on camera will come naturally and feel like second nature before long!
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