Are you thinking you would really love to start a vlog but you are nervous about going on camera? You are not sure if people will like what you have to say or maybe you’ll even embarrass yourself by saying something you would not normally say? Fear of being on camera or probably more commonly known – speaking in front of large groups of people is a very real thing. It sometimes ranks even higher than death on some people’s “most feared” things list. Ask yourself a few questions though before you give up the idea of vlogging. Some of what I will say applies to vlogging and probably more life in general. Keep an open mind as you read it.
If you haven’t done it in the past? If you are not doing it now, when are you going to be doing it? Vlogging is like everything else in life, you are going to have to put in considerable effort to get some work done. Your just going to have to “do it!” If you are already rich and famous then maybe not but I suspect your just an average person like myself. You will face challenges constantly that you will have to overcome to successfully keep doing something well. No matter if your vlogging or doing anything else in life, the only constant is change and you’ll likely have to stay internally motivated or passionate about vlogging and life to stay on top of doing it! Vlogging, blogging or being any sort of media and information producer of any kind requires a whole truck-load of internal motivation to keep going. It’s not always easy to produce exciting, entertaining or informational material but I think you’ll find the more you do produce material, other doors will open to bigger and better opportunities.
Sometimes, often times, most of the time, the best way to something is – consistently vs. perfectly. Vlogging can be a real challenge because you will make a vlog, video, etc. and you will naturally review it and check yourself out and you will soon become the hardest and most judgmental person on the face of the earth because you are likely to critique everything you see about yourself on camera and probably say to yourself. “Oh, I look fat at that angle, oh look at that weird thing in the background, oh that’s not right, I stuttered a word there… etc.” It’s only natural to beat yourself up a little bit or a maybe lot about how you look and appear on camera. Every noob to vlogging is naturally hard on themselves because they have likely been a fan of a really great vlogger that makes it look easy and they quickly forget that person they regularly watch has probably been vlogging for a couple of years already.
The best advice you are going to get, DON’T WORRY about it. You are you, you are not me, I am not you and neither of us Casey Neistat or any other pick of a famous vlogger. I have strengths and weaknesses that you don’t and vice versa. If you are reading this you are likely pretty committed to becoming a vlogger and making some great vlogs in the future whether you know that or not. You will have to take a leap of faith, meaning that you will put yourself on camera and hold yourself accountable and probably have other people start talking about whatever it is your doing on camera. Can you handle that? It’s really not the big of a deal once you get used to it. If you already have no fear of the camera or speaking in public, you can just hit the back button on the browser and skip this article. But if you like most of us, you probably need a few words of advice.I used to be slightly shy about going on camera and making even just a simple video about 5 years ago when I first started making some video recordings for various things. I would seemingly try to get through it as quick as possible. I would not necessarily speak too fast but kind of, I would run through my lines without giving much pause or speaking in a natural way that I normally would, off the camera. I remember one time I was shooting a video for something that I wanted to show people and I kept saying everything so fast, I would forget what I “really” wanted to say and in an impromptu way, start talking about things that I thought would sound good on camera but in reality it was not adding anything to the video other than time.
I was motivated to get the video done, but I was not motivated on researching better ways of making a video at the time. Just as most people probably would, I got in front of the camera and started rattling away what I wanted to say. I didn’t have much of a coordinated plan. I ended up re-doing the short 10-minute video like 20x or more maybe, I can’t even remember now, but it took forever and several different days of trying. In the long run, it really cost me a lot of time because I simply wasn’t motivated to read a little bit and learn how to become a better speaker on camera. I finally headed over to the local bookstore and found this handy book, How to Shoot Video that Doesn’t Suck and almost immediately I got better footage. Although now my vlogging and camera skills are much better and more entertaining, I am nowhere near being perfect on camera and my goal is not to be perfect. My goal is to be me, after I let go of some stereotypes of, I should act this way or that way on camera it suddenly got a lot easier because I was just being myself. That is when motivation and fear became less of a problem for myself, when I just “did me” and not trying to be the cool guy on YouTube that has 1,000,000 subscribers.
The biggest fear new vloggers probably will face is the fear of vlogging in public. That is quite understandable, doing anything in public amplifies the attention you will receive from other people. Rest assured I can safely say just forget about that fear. With everyone carrying a smartphone these days taking pictures and posing for selfies all the time, it is now not crazy to be talking to a phone or camera in public. People might look at you initially to see what your doing but will likely not be bothered by what you are doing one bit. It just happens far too much in normal society anymore that people are constantly on their phone and doing things with their phone that even a camera won’t bother them unless of course your trying to include them in the vlog without their permission. I have plenty of times taken my rather large Canon 80D vlogging setup out in public and had people stare at me and watch what I am doing but most of the time after 1-2 minutes they are smiling and giving the look of approval because they think it’s cool I am making a video out of something worth seeing. Keep in mind, I mind my manners when filming in public and try to exclude people who shouldn’t be in the vlog unless they want to be. Always be courteous and mindful of other people, I would have to say just use common sense and respect the rules if no filming is permitted in certain places. Some people will even ask what you are doing, I just tell them I am filming home videos and if I catch something really good on video then sometimes I upload it to YouTube, never has anyone get upset or have it be an issue. Most people seriously get a chuckle out my camera setup because they think I am some professional photographer or something of that nature.
Fear and motivation are kind of funny things in life, it is something that is unique for every person and I would say most people struggle with staying regularly motivated but are usually more driven by fear of something. Fear is often times imaginary and has been programmed by yourself, False Evidence Appearing Real. Don’t let fear of the unknown hold you back from vlogging it will likely be that you end up meeting some really cool and nice people once you become a vlogger. Many of them will be interested in what you have to say and this opens doors for new contacts and friendships down the road. So, plain and simple forget fear and just go do it, as long as your not infringing upon someone else.So how do you stay motivated now that I say fear of vlogging is not worth worrying about? Well, there is not a one size fits all answer. Motivation is not something that can be bought at the store or just randomly found one day. It has to come from within side of yourself and that is so unique to yourself, I could not possibly tell you how to do that. Sometimes I will say in my experiences you are either born with it or your not but that not always true. I face motivational challenges just like everyone else, life as we know it can be very busy and demanding of our time and energy. I am usually not hard to get motivated but sometimes laziness can strike me too. Often times your socioeconomic background will be a major contributing factor as to how motivated you are. If you have known abundance your entire life you will probably not be as motivated as the guy who had nothing to start with or who still has nothing. If no-one is lighting a fire under your butt to go out and vlog something worth seeing than your going to have to light your own fire. My best suggestion is to never be too comfortable with where you are currently and always make a to-do list. Having a written list of goals that you can check off is probably the most simple way of staying on track and consistently achieving more success with vlogging as it is anything else. I suggest being realistic and starting off at a moderate but healthy pace of progress. Consistency and practice are the key to becoming a successful vlogger, don’t believe me then look at the most successful YouTubers, they tend to always “consistently” put out new videos even though some of them are rubbish and no good sometimes, they consistently do it. One of my favorite authors and most helpful people I have encountered is Tony Robbins. He is excellent at connecting the dots in your mind and getting your motivation to explode. I absolutely recommend his material to anyone and especially some of your younger guys and gals, ages 15-24, out there reading this who might not know who Tony Robbins is. He has a few great books out that cover much of life and important lessons to be learned. His books are not the newest-latest-greatest on the market but that doesn’t matter, his advice and words are timelessly solid. If you are looking to build your own motivational fire inside than Tony is the guy to learn from. I personally gained a lot from Tony Robbins’s material and would recommend you spend a few bucks reading in your leisure time when you get the opportunity. My favorite book from Tony Robbins is called Awaken the Giant Within. It will likely help you get over any fears you may have as a vlogger and improve your entire life as a whole.