How To Overcome Camera Shyness

If your heart drops at the thought of having to do an Instagram story or video, keep reading! In this article I'm going to explain how to get over the fear of the camera so you can appear confident when you’re ready to shoot your next video. So I know the camera is not our best friend - no matter what anyone tells you. I used to hate being on camera all the time. It took me almost five years to get to where I am now comfortable. 

My goal is to get you to feel just as confident as me and I want to peel back what I do for confidence on camera, on social media, and in my Instagram videos. I want you to take what I do and apply it to your own business so you can start being an expert in your field. Be that Beyonce that I know you are, and just get started pumping out content!

 
 

Make a Plan

The first step that I have for you to get rid of and overcome camera shyness is to plan out your video. That's one of the best things I have learned. I used to freeze up on camera and I used to just ramble all the time. I’d even look to the side all the time because I didn't really know what I was going to say. Whether your old school with a pad and paper for new school with a macbook, make sure you take notes and outline your video.

Write out the title, the first part of your intro and how you plan on hooking your audience. From there you can plan out the meat and potatoes of the video. If you want people to walk away with three things, what are those three takeaways? Don’t forget to outline a few sub-bullets and those main points and then write down a conclusion. When you have a framework of how your video is going to go, you're going to feel a lot  better knowing there’s a flow and a plan in place. 

Amp Up the Energy!

The second step that I have for you that will really increase how you are perceived online is to up your energy by 10x. I want you to bring the fire, bring the power, because on camera everything that you do is really dialed down. In real life you might smile softly and speak at a normal volume but these features on camera do not translate well and your audience won’t feel your energy.

I want you to raise your voice, put your shoulders back, and smile a little bit more. This will make you look a lot more confident. You won’t look like you have any fear of the camera! And since you have a plan in place, you already know what you're going to say. Now all you have to do is just look the part! Not only are you appearing to have more confidence on camera, but you're training your mind to be a lot more confident too. In the long run this is going to get you one step closer to overcoming camera shyness.

Break it Up

The third step that I want you to do is to shoot your video in sections. Instead of shooting one long video, I want you to leave the video on and I want you to break up what you want to say into bite-size pieces. This way you can cut them and put them together separately in production. You don't have to have the pressure of shooting everything perfectly in one take. You’ll be able to see up and start over as much as you want and you can piece together your favorite sections during the editing process. This is exactly what I do for my videos!

It Helps to Have a Friend

The final step I have for you is to bring a friend or someone who can make light of your mistakes. Having a friend will make this whole video thing fun and brings out the best in you. This isn't supposed to be feel like a job, it's supposed to be fun and minimal stress. Maybe even have some wine? Whatever works for you to lighten the mood. You're supposed to be having a good time and if you're having a good time, so will your audience.  As the famous RuPaul says, if you don't love yourself, how the hell are you gonna love anybody else?

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