How to record a video message when you are camera shy!

I think a lot of us are self-conscious when it comes to being in front of a video camera.  We are not used to seeing ourselves and we’re often surprised at how our voice sounds.

A really good way to get over this is to practice filming yourself and watch it back.  The more you see yourself, the more confident you will be. When you are ready to record your message, start by taking a deep breath, give a big smile and pretend the recipient of the video is right in front of you.  It helps to prepare something and sharing a memory, or an anecdote is a great idea and then you can add any photos relating to your story, which means that you don’t have to be on camera all the time.

It doesn’t matter how many times you record it.  Remember that the person receiving the video will be so delighted to see you that they won’t be judging your performance. If you really can’t bear to be in front of the camera, here are a few ideas:

  • If your pets aren’t self-conscious, get them to do the talking!  Video your pet and record your voice.
  • Take a video of a place that is special to the recipient and record your shared memories.
  • If that’s not an option, why not add your voice over some photos or add text to them.
  • If it’s just the talking you’re worried about why not get a few friends together and dance or mime to their favourite song or make a carpool karaoke.

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