If you’ve ever faced the daunting task of being in front of camera for a corporate video, you know it’s like staring into the eyes of a lens-shaped abyss. It’s not exactly a walk in the park—it’s more like a brisk jog through a thorny maze.
Now, if being a camera superstar were easy, we’d all be vlogging our way to fame. But, alas, being in front of camera is a skill, much like playing an air guitar—just less imaginary. You wouldn’t expect to channel your inner Jimmy Hendrix on the guitar without some serious practice, would you? The same goes for mastering the art of looking good in front of camera.
The key to improvement in front of camera (brace yourself for the shocker) is practice. Not just the awkward mirror sessions—no one needs to witness that. Take your phone, prop it up in the weirdest angles possible, and start recording. I get it; filming yourself can be scarier than a horror movie marathon, but trust me, it’s crucial. Answer potential interview questions or, even better, if you know the questions in advance. Forget memorising lines like an actor; just jot down some bullet points and let the camera roll.
Now comes the really tough part—watching the playback. It’s a universal truth; watching yourself on screen is about as comfortable as wearing a cactus suit. But here’s the deal: this is how the world sees you. Embrace it. We all have a skewed perception of how we appear and sound. The only way to bridge the gap between self-perception and reality is to face the unfiltered you.
The good news? Your practice videos are for your eyes only—well, and maybe your cat’s, if they’re into that sort of thing. Film, delete, repeat until you’ve exhausted your phone’s storage. This is your personal training ground, and trust me, the more you subject yourself to it, the better you’ll become.
Now, brace yourself for the ultimate challenge: sharing your masterpiece with a trusted peer. Not your mom or your significant other—they’re contractually obligated to say you’re great (well, maybe not mine). Find a colleague or a friend who won’t sugarcoat things. Listen to their feedback, even if it stings a bit, and then, like a true video virtuoso, go back to the drawing board.
Why does this method work? It’s scientifically proven, just like the fact that pizza makes everything better. Studies show that the closer you simulate the real deal, the better you perform. Athletes get it, practising for the big game. So, consider your camera rehearsals the Olympics of your corporate video career. Embrace the awkward, and soon you’ll be accepting your Oscar for Best On-Screen Performance in Corporate Awesomeness.