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Do You Suffer Camera Anxiety Like I Do?

In all the many years I produced television and videos, I have mostly been a behind-the-scenes gal.    I was the videographer, tape editor and/or field producer and scriptwriter. Today, I routinely go on camera, like in the video on this page I did for a client operating a Cash for Gold business.

In my early days in video production, I left that on-camera stuff to the ones who actually enjoy wearing make-up and hair spray. I was waaaaay to nervous to be on camera. After all, someone might make fun of my big fat nose! EGADS!!!!!!

Now, one of the “drawbacks” to being a behind-the-scenes person is we usually lose out on all the glory.  The audience never really stops to think that anyone other than the people they see had anything to do with the video.

That’s OK by me.  Actually preferred it that way.  I am in no way, shape, or form, a glory seeker.  Besides, I definitely like being anonymous out in public.  On-camera people always have to be ready with the face goo and hair paste.  (My terms for make-up and hair spray!)

Let ’em have the glory.  What drove me nuts was they made so dang much more money than I did!

I had to face facts.  Appearing on camera is generally more lucrative, whether you are working in broadcasting or using online video.

The #1 reason people give about why they procrastinate and never make the online videos they want to, is because they hate the thought of being on camera!

Trust me, I know the feeling.

I managed to get over it. There’s money on the table folks!

Today, I can sit down in front of the camera and not be any more nervous than I ever was behind the camera. It helps to know that I am in total control and can reject anything I want. I’m also confident that the lighting, background and yes my HAIR look as good as possible under the circumstances. I hate hairspray but sometimes you just gotta sacrifice. 🙂 I read through the script several times out loud and practice before bothering to turn on the camera.

It took me quite a while to become comfortable being on camera. Today, people like the client I made the video at the top of this page tell me I am really good at it! They just assume I always went on camera but of course that is not correct!

Becoming comfortable on camera is critical to making video for the internet. Since I’ve gone through the agony of camera shyness myself, I think I can really help those who wish to become better with their on-camera appearances.

If you’d like to hear more on this topic, drop me an email!

Thanks for reading Video Production Tips.

Lorraine Grula

Internet Video Gal

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Lorraine Grula


Lorraine Grula enjoyed a fast-paced, multifaceted career in the television and video business, producing, shooting, writing, and editing documentary-style videos in both news and corporate settings. Later, she got to teach media and video production in two high schools, which then morphed into instructional design and corporate training. Lorraine is now dedicated to sharing her vast knowledge with others who wish to learn the art of video making, with an emphasis on storytelling and creating professional-quality videos for the internet as simply, yet creatively as possible.

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