5 Essential Tips to Feeling Comfortable on Camera

by | May 19, 2023 | Online Courses

So, you’ve decided to go ahead and film an online course. How exciting! Like many businesses nowadays, filming an online course is a really good way to create a personal connection with your target audience. However, there’s one teensy problem. You’re likely going to be speaking in front of a camera. For some, this isn’t a big issue. For others, taking center stage for even a few moments while filming an online course is enough to make them break out into a sweat.

We’ve been in the videography business for a long time, and even we get nervous when we’re in front of the camera sometimes. But don’t worry–we have 5 key tips that will help you feel calm and confident next time you’re filming.

Study and Memorize Your Script

There’s nothing worse than arriving on set and not knowing what’s what. Our advice? Make sure to take time before shooting to read through your script a few times to get a feel for what the entire video is comprised of, and then break it up into small chunks so you can get started on memorizing it. Give yourself a few days to tackle this. Memorizing the script will not only give you an instant boost in confidence in front of the camera, but it will help filming days go off without a hitch.

Practice, Practice, Practice

This is a big one! While making sure you know your script inside and out is one thing, getting comfortable with your lines is an entirely different ball game. Practice really does make perfect!

While we strongly recommend everyone practice their lines in a way that works for them, we are big fans of exposure therapy – getting yourself in front of a camera. Set up your camera or your iPhone at home and start filming yourself. Try talking about anything that interests you at first and then try out portions of your script. Then, gradually shift towards practicing your script from top to bottom. Review the footage, rinse, and repeat!

It is essential to train your brain to feel comfortable speaking in front of the camera, and with exposure therapy exercises like this, you’ll be feeling more and more comfortable and at ease in no time. Remember that camera shyness is not uncommon and that the more you practice, the better you’ll get.

Pace Yourself

When we’re nervous, it’s common to start talking a mile a minute. It’s so important to remember to pace yourself in front of the camera while you film an online course. This will help you keep your mind focused and ensure you don’t stumble over any of your lines. Find a pace and rhythm that comes naturally to you (we typically find this out in the “practice” section) and then stick with it. Try your best to speak clearly, and don’t be afraid to take breaks as needed to catch your breath or gather your thoughts in between takes.

Dress for Success

Believe what you will, but in our experience, dressing for success helps you feel your best. After all, what you wear directly impacts how you feel and how others perceive you. Keeping the goal of your online course in mind, try to choose clothing that’s comfortable, coincides with the style of the video, and makes you feel confident. And don’t forget about your hair and makeup. Keep it simple and natural, but polished, and most importantly­—YOU!

Know That Imperfections Are Going to Happen

One of the biggest hurdles to feeling comfortable on camera when you film an online course is the fear of making mistakes. The truth is everyone makes mistakes, even professional speakers. Don’t get hung up on being perfect. If you stumble over a word or forget a piece of information, it’s okay. Many imperfections can be taken care of in the editing room, and if that’s not possible, your videography team will simply have you run through that section of the script again during filming.

Denver’s Premier Professional Video Services

Speaking on camera can be intimidating, but with these tips in mind, you’ll be on your way to feeling more excited and confident than ever about your next videography project.

If you’re on the hunt for experienced videographers to help you film an online course and give you and your team a hand when it comes to putting together your curriculum, our crew here at One Forty Films would be more than happy to help. For years, we’ve been helping business owners, professionals, and other individuals craft impactful online courses. Get in touch with us here for a free intro and consult call.

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I come from a family full of entrepreneurs. I’ve grown up alongside those with a deep passion for building a successful business and experienced firsthand the work ethic it requires to be a visionary in a specific market. Because of this background, I have a deep passion for creating the tools to help businesses succeed.

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