Feel Empowered Behind The Camera!
We get it. Being on camera can be uncomfortable. One of our goals as producers is to make you feel empowered behind the camera so that your personality and story shine through.
In this video, we talk with Kerry Barrett about some ways that you can practice performing for a digital audience.
Kerry is a producer, reporter, Emmy Award-winning anchor, and Founder of Kerry Barrett Consulting, where you can boost your business, brand, and expertise by bringing out your inner rock star to get the performance of your life.
You have to be enthusiastic. The camera eats energy for lunch. So if you are like, just semi-enthusiastic about what you’re talking about, everybody will know that you don’t give a … BEEP!
Welcome to Amplify:
Welcome to Amplify with White Knight Productions. I’m your host, Gavin Tice. At White Knight, we’re all about amplifying voices through storytelling. And in this series, we’ll be connecting with industry professionals who know how to boost messages far and wide. Today, we’re very excited to talk with Kerry Barrett.
Getting in front of the camera can be uncomfortable and an awkward experience for some people. So, what are some tips that you would give to help people feel more empowered behind the camera?
So, I understand that feeling. I spent 20 years in an on-camera career. And when I transitioned to doing all of my speeches and presentations virtual, meaning I can’t see the audience at all and there’s nobody here to play with, I felt like I was speaking into a black hole.
So number one, if you are uncomfortable, realize that you’re not alone, and even the pros had a moment where they had to adjust.
The key is doing it on the regular. I always suggest opening up a room in Zoom or whatever platform it is that you use, and practicing, even if it’s just five minutes a day, whether you’re delivering your elevator pitch, whether you are just ad-libbing about something going on in your business or your life, and then going back and watching.
Because truly, truly, truly, it doesn’t matter—and I tell my clients this all the time—it doesn’t matter how much I tell you about what to do. You may walk away from one of our sessions saying… “Oh my god, I know all the secrets.” It’s entirely different when you are executing on what you’ve learned.
You really do have to perform the words. And by that, I mean, really get into what you’re saying. You have to be enthusiastic. The camera eats energy for lunch. So if you are like, just semi-enthusiastic about what you’re talking about, everybody will know that you don’t give a … BEEP! So, make sure that you are fully into it.
The other thing is being aware of body language. So, like when I’m talking to someone on camera and I’m about to tell them something that I think is really cool, I lean in and I tell them the thing that I think is really cool… because when you lean in, you’re leaning closer to your audience, and you are letting them know non-verbally that this is something that’s really cool and you’re going to want to pay attention.
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