How to Get Comfortable on Camera

So you want to start a YouTube channel or go live on social media, but the thought of being on camera has you like this...

I promise it's not just you!

Even though I've spent the last several years building a brand using video, I still get anxious about the idea of being on camera.

Here's the thing -- The message you have for the world is much more important than how you think you look on camera.

People aren't looking for your flaws, they want the content that only you can share. 

When I dare to be POWERFUL, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid
— Audre Lorde

Tips to Get Comfortable On Camera

*Practice, practice, practice - Make videos for the sake of it. Take out the camera and start recording without the intention of ever posting the videos. This will help you get used to being and seeing yourself on camera.

*Make sure you like the way you look - Put on a little makeup (even if it's just lipstick), wear your fave shirt and/or jewelry. Do whatever you can to make yourself feel comfortable because if you look good, you feel good. :-)

*It's okay not to be on camera the whole time. Be on camera for just a few moments at the beginning of the video to introduce yourself, show your face, and give an overview of your topic...then use voiceover for the rest of the video. This tip is for posting YouTube videos.

*Know your content well - You don't have to script your videos, but write a detailed outline, so that you're confident about the topic you're covering.

 

P.S. Your favorite YouTube personality or live broadcaster may seem confident today, but check out some of their older videos to get a reality check.

Never compare your chapter 1 to someone else's chapter 20!

 

Anything else stopping you from starting your YouTube channel? Let me know in the comments.