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5 tips for being comfortable on camera

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Being filmed can be an uncomfortable experience but there are things you can do to ensure you're as relaxed and prepared as possible before you step in front of the camera.

If the thought of being on camera brings you out in a hot sweat, you’re not alone. We work with lots of people, in all types of roles, who don't like the idea of speaking on camera. Part of our role is to help create a friendly and relaxed environment where we work together to get the best content for your video. 

There are things you can do ahead of time to get yourself ready for being on camera so that next time you’re being filmed, you can turn up to the shoot without the nerves. 

Here are our 5 tips for being comfortable on camera:

It’s all in the preparation

You wouldn’t turn up to a job interview without spending some time preparing what you want to say or the points you want to get across. This is no different and just as nerve wracking for plenty of people. Take some time to prepare yourself by rehearsing your message and if possible, in front of someone so they offer feedback.

Familiarise yourself with the surroundings

It’s not always possible but if you can, get acquainted with the filming location, the equipment and the crew members. The more familiar you are with your environment, the more at ease you will feel, which will show on camera.

Dress comfortably

Depending on the type of video you’re creating, wear clothing that makes you feel comfortable and confident. Avoid clothes that are too tight or restrictive, as they can make you feel self-conscious.

Relaxation techniques

Learn and practice relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, or visualisation. These techniques can help you relax your body and mind before and during filming.

Engage with others

Interact and communicate with the crew or any other individuals on set. Building a rapport with others can create a more relaxed and friendly environment.

Feeling nervous or uncomfortable on camera is normal, especially if you're not used to it. With practice and exposure, it will become easier over time. 

It’s important to remember to be yourself: authenticity is key. You don’t need to be perfectly polished and your audience is more likely to build a connection with you if your personality shines through!

If you’re looking to work with a friendly film crew who go the extra mile to help you feel at ease in front of the camera, get in touch today.

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