Preparing to Be on Camera: Speaking on Camera
Being in front of the camera can feel daunting, but don’t worry, we’re here to help you feel your best on filming day! Feeling comfortable and confident makes a world of difference in conducting a successful shoot. Here are some of our top tips for preparing to speak on camera.
How to Prepare
Learn your material and spend some time practicing it.
To show up on camera as your most confident self, it’s helpful to spend some time learning the material and practicing your delivery ahead of time. We work closely with our clients to develop the messaging for their videos, so you won’t be on your own when it comes to writing those key talking points. Once we’ve landed on a strong and concise message, we’ll work with you to finalize the script for your video.
There’s no need to memorize the script word for word, as we often use teleprompters on filming day. However, feeling familiar and understanding the material will go a long way.
Pay attention to your posture and body language when practicing.
Your posture, body language, and tone of voice are aspects of an on-camera interview that you can practice beforehand. It might help to record a video of yourself so you can visualize these aspects of your appearance and adjust if necessary. (Speaking of your appearance, if you’re wondering what to wear on camera, check out the first blog post in this series!)
Do something relaxing before you step in front of the camera.
On-camera interviews can be anxiety-inducing, so it’s helpful to do something relaxing before you step in front of the camera. If you can schedule some downtime before the shoot, it could help you feel more at ease. Yoga, meditation, and walking are some ways we recommend winding down before your on-camera appearance.
If you took a video of yourself practicing your lines, you can always use it to get feedback from a colleague or our team. We are happy to provide recommendations and tips to our clients. Sharing the footage with someone else can feel awkward or uncomfortable, but honest feedback from an outside observer can go a long way! You’ll likely be happier with the final video if you’re open to receiving feedback in the practice stage.
Ultimately, when you feel confident, you look better and sound better on camera. You’ll be glad you took the extra time to prepare for your video shoot! The Appeal Production team is always here to help if you have questions or need advice.