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YOUTUBE: Confidence On Camera In 7 Days

teacher avatar Tortor Smith, Animator, Artist and Writer

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Lessons in This Class

14 Lessons (14m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Just Start

    • 3. Film, Review, Repeat

    • 4. It's Not Really A Camera

    • 5. Breathe!

    • 6. Smile!

    • 7. Be You!

    • 8. The Camera Is A Little Blind

    • 9. Don't Rush Yourself

    • 10. Preparation Is Key

    • 11. Take As Many Takes As You Need

    • 12. But What If It Is LIVE?

    • 13. Class Project

    • 14. Final Thoughts

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About This Class

In this class you will learn some tips and tricks on how to have better camera presence and truly feel confident and authentic in your on-screen performance.

Four years ago talking on camera felt impossible to me, but I got there so you can too.

My tips and advice are based not only on my personal experience of putting myself in from of a camera, but also my experience of filming contributors for television shows and making them feel at ease too. 

In this course you will learn:

  • How to feel more comfortable
  • Where to direct your¬†attention¬†
  • How to have a warmth to you performance¬†
  • Other top tips

You will need:

  • Just yourself and a smartphone or camera


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Tortor Smith

Animator, Artist and Writer


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1. Intro: talking to a camera for the first time. It could be a pretty daunting experience for me. Four years ago, it so impossible. But through lots of practice and repetition, I've got myself to a place where I now feel confident on camera on. I feel like my personality shines through. I want to use what I've learned through those four years by sharing tips, tricks and hacks to get you yourself camera ready. In his little asked seven days now, I've also worked in television, and I filmed with contributors on often People are anxious of the cameras well, so I've got quite a lot of experience in making people feel comfortable. And so if you're just struggling to loosen up that little bit more to get your full personality across as you wish down the lens, then this is the class for you. Andi, Let's get stuck in 2. Just Start: so, firstly, you just need to stop. Turn your camera on press record. Andi. Film yourself. This doesn't need to be a public video. You don't need to post. This online is private for you. This is the work that you need to put in. You need to expose yourself to yourself through the camera, so talk to the camera. It's probably going to be terrible to begin with on Watch it back. Critically, you will notice things about yourself that you really don't like. You might also notice things that you do like, and that's the best part about filming yourself. You become very self aware and all those things that you notice that perhaps you don't like . Maybe you use the same default word over and over again, and you're like, Oh, why do we keep using that word? You'll become aware of that. Broaden your vocabulary and find other words to use. You can iron out all of those imperfections that you don't like in your own performance, and you'll begin to get more natural on camera. And what other people see when you're talking to a camera will be a more realistic and authentic representation off you in your life. 3. Film, Review, Repeat: now, as well as filming yourself from reviewing the footage and really getting a look and being critical of yourself. You want to be doing this, not just once. You want to do this over and over again now, Like I said in the intro, I believe that you can get to a place off being camera ready in as little as seven days. But what I want you to do is for the next seven days. Film yourself talking to a camera. Do it. Have a diary. Entry literally is private. It's for you at the end of your day at the beginning of the day, whenever you want to do it, just set aside five minutes and just tell the camera how you're feeling. What you've been up to you. What have you done in the day? Andi, Watch it back on and you'll notice that you get better if you're constantly filming yourself. Looking back at the footage, ironing out those things you don't like, you'll definitely see an improvement in seven days. I can promise you that 4. It's Not Really A Camera: now, Another stumbling block that you'll find when you start talking to the camera is you're very aware of this camera that is in front of you. Now that is the first issue that you have to resolve. This isn't a camera that you're talking to. This here is somebody that you care about somebody that you find talking to a pleasure. So it could be your mom. It could be assistant. Could be your dog. Whoever is that you find in real life, it really easy to talk to somebody that you would go to to share a story with and just be able to be your relaxed self and talk to them guys who you're talking to. You are talking to one individual person that you care about who's watching this video. So it's not camera anymore. Don't perceive as a camera the camera is an illusion. You are actually talking to a real person. No camera. What did you get that into your head? You stop seeing the camera all together, and that is when you truly start to shine and your personality really starts to come across down the lens 5. Breathe!: now, another thing that can really start to catch people out is being able to talk consistently in front of a camera and not be defaulting to on stumbling like that. If you feel like you're losing your train of thought on, perhaps you're not sure what you're gonna say next, instead of going our you know, things that are going to be frustrating and irritating when you come to edit your video because you have to cut them all out or if you choose to leave them in. Perhaps your view doesn't have quite the pleasant experience watching it back instead of going to a defoe on law. If you've lost your train of thought, just take a breath pause. There's something really important about allowing yourself silence on. Actually, it makes people pay attention. So if you momentarily go and get your train of thought back, that pause in speaking will actually draw people into what you're saying. So never be afraid to take a breath. Never be afraid to allow a little bit of time to pass. Obviously, don't stay silent for 10 minutes, but if it's a few seconds, just toe get your train of thought back. That's perfectly OK. And it's much better to just pause for a moment, them to default to a normal in our which can get repetitive and annoying. So, yeah, don't be afraid to take a pause to gather your thoughts. 6. Smile!: my next tip for coming across well on camera is to be happy. Smile. So many people forget to smile So many people forget to blink. If you're staring down a camera deadpan, no emotion, you know, even blinking, you're just gonna look like a psychopath. So make sure you're thinking obviously, don't excessively blink. Just blink and natural way a natural rate as you would on smile. Be happy if it helps just, like, have a massive smile on your face before you even turn the camera on literally just grin to yourself, because that will put you in a better frame of mind and you will come across more naturally . 7. Be You!: Another top tip is to not change yourself. If you like using your hands to express what you're saying, throw your hands in there. Don't overdo it, but keep your natural body language there. Don't try and change yourself. However, you would normally speak in real life. Do that. 8. The Camera Is A Little Blind: Another thing is that the camera only sees 90% now. What do I mean by that? Well, if you are your normal self, as you are in real life completely, you will watch it back on. You will think, Oh, I look a bit, you know, No. Interesting. Really. I'm a bit boring and a bit flat. You want toe given extra on the you want to give an extra 10%. So if you give 110% the camera sees the full 100% on again. This can perhaps feel it'll be awkward to begin with. But just like I said, smile. Be excited and just give that little bit more. Just be, like here present. Imagine it's your favorite person that you're talking to. That is, honestly, the best tip you ever going to get. I'm talking to you, my favorite person on Duh. Yeah, let's just have a jolly old time together on you're gonna come across so much better on when you want yourself back. You will genuinely be pleased with how you come across 9. Don't Rush Yourself: No, Everyone is different. Every one is unique. That is what makes you special. But that also means that you're all going to be learning at different rates, and you're gonna be improving your presence on camera at different rates. So I said at the beginning that you can be camera confident in seven days, and I truly believe that for some people, that is possible. But if you find after seven days of doing that repetitive film yourself, review it back, you're still not liking how you come across on camera. Don't give up. I've been doing this for four years on it probably took me a good few months before I personally was at a place where I really liked how I came across. And even now there are moments if you're not really feeling it. If you're not really in the mood, don't film yourself. Don't choose that time to do it. Because if you're gonna force something out, it won't look natural. It won't come across well, it just won't be good. So make sure that you're in the mood. Get yourself into that happy place where you excited to film. You've got something that you really, really want to say and you kind of have an idea of what you're gonna say and then just turn the camera on and go for it. But I keep going. Keep going. They say it takes 21 days to build a habit. So if you want this toe truly be an extension of you and to be completely natural and you to not have to give it a second thought at all 21 days Film yourself in a row. Religiously camera on five minutes. Watch it back. You will definitely see dramatic improvements in 21 days. If seven days haven't worked for U 21 days is gonna iron out all those imperfections. 10. Preparation Is Key: another important thing. If you're gonna talk on camera and you haven't been doing it for a long time and you haven't got a lot of experience, I don't think that you're just gonna wing it, because trust me is really hard to wing it when you're not comfortable with a camera. So preparation is key. Plan the subject area that you want to talk about. You want to have bullet point notes. It could be a prompt sheet because it depends on your stylistic choice. Sometimes you may not want any cuts in what you're doing, but it's perfectly fine for YouTube on other social platforms to have some jump cuts. If you need toe, remind yourself of the next point, say a point and then go back to list. Have a little look, check and then say you next point down the camera. Cut those bits together. That's perfectly acceptable, but plan what you want to say before you say it. Just do a quick rehearsal. You don't have to over prepare, but just have some idea of what you want to say, where you're going so that you can get it right, you know, make it the best that you can make it basically 11. Take As Many Takes As You Need: another thing to remember. If you're just filming yourself for YouTube or Instagram or for linked in or Facebook or whatever, you're putting your videos. It's just you and your camera. Nobody else is around you at this point, so you can take a many attempts as you want to get it right. Nobody's going to know if it was the eighth version or the first version. Eso you're in control. That is a really important thing to remember. You are in control and you don't have to post anything that you're not happy with. So if you don't like hey, come across, you can just have another go. I often film myself saying the same thing several different ways, and then in the Eddy, I decide which way I think I got my point across the best. Andi. That's something that a lot of us do. Obviously. It will make things slightly less efficient in the edit because you've got more material to deal with. But in the beginning stages, it's a really good way to practice and toe get a result that you really happy with. So, yeah, take multiple takes of you saying stuff and then decide which ones you like. The look off in the edit 12. But What If It Is LIVE?: Now if you are in a situation where you are on camera and your life again, my advice, the camera is another person. If you having a conversation with someone else's someone else here on, there's a camera. Andi, it's live. You want to acknowledge whoever is watching at home. So I'm talking to this person here but also talking to you because you're equally as important as this person here. So it's just like another friend in the conversation, the matter what's going on in real life. Make sure that you're always paying attention, giving eye contact, everybody in the room and the camera included, because that they are another person saying at home, you watching this are watching May and I'm interacting with you. You know, if I'm just talking to this person here, you're gonna feel completely left out because I'm no giving you eye contact. I'm not focusing on you, so always treat the camera as an additional person because that is what the camera is. It's you at home. I'm speaking to you on Duh. Yeah, once you have grasped that and you're comfortable with the idea that is when things truly click into place 13. Class Project: So what is your class project to get you camera ready. Why we need to do is for seven days in a row. I want you to film yourself picker phrase. Pick something. Say it down the lens. The best you can do every single day for seven days. Edit all those together so we can see a progression off. How much more comfortable you're feeling with the camera on and post it down. We'll give each other feedback. Lift each other up on Let's all get confident on camera together. 14. Final Thoughts: I'm total and I do a lot of things on the Internet from presenting stuff on my own YouTube channel, toe animating to filming and editing for other people. There's gonna be classes in all sorts of areas on my skill share channel. So if you want to stay up to date with new releases, do make sure you're following may. I'm hoping to make at least a couple of courses every month. You can also find me on social media at Total Smith. I'll put all the links down in the class window. Do make sure that you film yourself. I want to see your videos. I want to see your improvements. Go on, post your video down in the project window on bond. Let's all get camera confident together if you need any additional tips. Advice. If you want me to review any of your clips on, give you feedback. I'm more than happy to do that because I want you all to level up. I want to get you to a place where you can achieve all of your goals and everything that you want to achieve by putting yourself in front of the camera so drop your links on that. Let me know if you want feedback, and I will be more than happy to do so.