Guess what, friends. I recently had a really exciting opportunity to be a part of a Shaw TV documentary. Its a great project about promoting the community of the North Shore, what the future of this area of Kamloops may look like, and about representing some awesome people who are doing awesome things. Super exciting stuff.
I wasn’t excited about it at all. In fact, I was really nervous to be on camera. Which is ironic (and so hilarious) as I work for a video production company. I have similar experiences like this with clients all the time – except I’m on the other side of the camera.
So, I thought I’d give you some tips from my nerve-racking, anxiety ridden experience about how to be your best self and feel prepared for an interview/filming encounter.
Understand The Context
Prior to the interview or project’s filming time, ask the producer for more context about the video. Familiarize yourself with the person who is interviewing you and/or the program/company they work for. Some hosts are very well prepared, while others are less so. Ask questions, like, “What’s your style? How crazy can I get?” Whoever is interviewing you will strive to help you feel at ease. Also, it would be good to know how long the interview will be and what kind of content the interviewer is looking for.
Ask For Questions In Advance
For those of us who are keen to arrive prepared, it may be helpful to ask for the interview questions in advance. This way, you can think of how you will answer the question and feel affirmed in your answers.
Practice Until You Get It Right
Again, if you’re nervous, you can’t practice enough. Watch yourself. Listen to yourself. This can be as easy as filming yourself on your iPhone – you’ll learn alot from an experience like this. Ask a friend you trust to give advice on what you could do better. Train yourself in front of mirror until you feel and look comfortable in front of the camera.
Feel Like Your Best Self
Hopefully, you always feel good about yourself, but on a shoot day – make sure you feel like a superstar! Wear your favourite outfit, maybe put on some makeup. Do whatever you need to do to feel comfortable in your own skin. Don’t schedule your interview during a time when you’re not feeling that awesome. If you are not a morning person, maybe have a cup of coffee first and slot a project like this into your schedule for the afternoon,
“Uhmmmmmmm…” before you begin a sentence. It is okay to stop and think about the question first before answering. It is okay to make mistakes on camera too. That’s what the magic of editing is for!
Let Your Passion Shine
Chances are that you’re involved with a project like this because you’re passionate about it. Your enthusiasm for this subject will go a long way. Be a storyteller, don’t just spew facts. People love to hear anecdotes. You’ll be more memorable and likeable.
It probably goes without saying, that the most important thing you can do while you’re being interviewed is HAVE FUN! Let loose, pretend that you’re talking to your best friend on the phone, and don’t forget to smile!
Hopefully, you will learn from my awkward experiences and feel great about your next on-screen camera. You’re welcome, friends. (See what I did there?)