Getting comfortable on camera takes time, and with something this intimidating it's easy to avoid if you don't have a plan to keep you accountable. So I've created a 14 video schedule, partly to give myself a sense of security, and partly so you can follow along with me, doing the challenges yourself at home.
Hopefully by now you've done your "get on the horse" video. If you haven't: DO IT! I don't care how bad it is, I don't care if you don't know how to light yourself or what to talk about. Turn on that camera and talk to it for at least 3 minutes. This never needs to see the light of day, but it does need to be done. It's your first tiny step up the mountain.
25 August - Getting on the horse: no matter how awful it is, just press record
8 September - One take rant: just talk, no edits
22 September - Talking through the camera: tricks to make the machine less intimidating
6 October - Happy Dance! An exercise in joy on camera
20 October - Set up: lighting, background and camera angles 101
3 November - Vulnerable confessions: getting real
17 November - Choosing your content: what to talk about and why
1 December - Before and between takes: tricks for keeping energy up and fresh
15 December - Notes and preparation: how to plan
29 December - Editing styles and energy levels (special guest Jen Shanse of Upperstory Films)
12 January - Refining rehearsal for the spontaneous and for the polished
26 January - Interviews: best practices online and in person
9 February - Tech stuff: YouTube vs Facebook Live
23 February - Going Live: last minute reminders and steps to success
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On the alternating Fridays I'll be posting my analysis of the previous video: what I did right, what I did wrong and what I want to change for next time. Please join me in this process and post your comments, observations and suggestions.
I didn't realize how long this project would take with so much time between. Once a week (or even twice a week) really is better for building confidence, but I have a busy life and I'm terrified of doing this, so I figure I'm more likely to actually do it if I have two weeks to find the time to shoot. I may step up the pace as it gets easier, but I'm not committing to that at this point. When you're doing this at home, make sure you're creating a schedule that works realistically with your life.
If you don't want to follow my plan, I suggest you make your own, it takes SO much of the stress off to know what you're going to focus on each day. Remember these are all preparation videos. If you're taking the challenge with me you're not required to post any of them, this is just about getting comfortable. Do tell me about your experiences with each challenge though, I'd love to hear how you're doing and how I can help.