3 Tips to Get Over the Fear of Doing Video
Scared of doing video? This fear is associated with a common fear called stage fright. The thought of having to perform may induce feelings of anxiety. Don’t worry, you’re normal. Pretty much everyone is nervous and fearful about it at first. If the thought of doing video makes you break into a sweat, use these tips to get over it and do video like a pro. Before you know it, you’ll feel confident and at ease on screen.
1. Remember that there’s nothing to fear
It may sound silly to say that, but it’s true. Unlike a live broadcast, which you’re not doing, you can re-shoot your videos as many times as you want to get them just right. If you say something wrong, sneeze, have a hiccup attack, or anything else you don’t want to have immortalized on camera, all you have to do is delete it and re-do that section of video.
2. Rehearse until you’re comfortable with the script
Every time you watch a video and think to yourself that the person on camera makes it look effortless, it’s likely because they rehearsed a lot. So once you have your video script laid out, practice until it feels easy to you – you will get to that point if you put in the time to practice.
If memorizing the script is too daunting, experiment with getting a helper to hold cue cards for you. Or use a teleprompter – these days, you can even download teleprompter software to your personal computer – it doesn’t have to be expensive.
3. Practice until you’re satisfied with how you look and sound on camera
A lot of the fear of doing video comes from being self-conscious about how we look and sound on camera. If you have no logical reason to feel this way, getting over it can be as simple as facing your fears and putting yourself on camera again and again. Eventually, the self-consciousness you feel will fade.
On the other hand, maybe you have a good reason to feel uncomfortable with how you look and sound on camera – maybe you fidget too much, maybe you talk too fast, et cetera. If this is the case, then the only way to fix that is to record yourself, study the recording, take note of any mannerisms or ways of saying things that you want to change, and record yourself again. Repeat this process until you’ve “trained” yourself to look and sound the way you want to on camera.
Take the plunge and just do it
First, remember that done is better than perfect. Every time you rehearse for a video, every time you film a video, you’ll get closer to the elusive perfection that you may be seeking. The point is, you’ll never get good at it if you don’t work at it, and it doesn’t matter if you’re not as perfect as you’d like to be when starting out. Finally, once you get started on your video-making journey, you’ll see that it’s not nearly as intimidating as you thought it was. It’s not uncommon to go from 100% fearful to having fun with video after filming only a handful of them.