• Pablo Peña

Six Tips to Overcome Your Fear of Being Filmed on Video

Businessman afraid of being on video
Overcome the fear of being filmed using the steps below

Have you ever had to be filmed for a business or work video?

Did you feel it was too much emotionally?

These days the use of video for work or business is more prevalent and may be even required to advance in your career. If you need to overcome the fear of standing in front of a camera, then the following techniques, used by others who have been there, can help you do that.

  1. Practice, practice, practice. Film yourself often. Use your mobile telephone. The video footage is mainly for yourself. You do not have to share it with anybody. Watch these videos. You will notice things you did not like about yourself. Think about how you can do it better next time. And then film yourself again. Try to make it better the second time and avoid the mistakes in the previous recordings. After many repetitions you will get confident enough to even share some of your videos.

  2. Get used to social media live video streaming. This is an easy thing to do. No technical equipment is required. It helps especially people that are new to getting filmed. Check your favorite social media network. They probably offer the possibility to stream live video to your contacts or followers or to everyone. The first time you will feel extremely nervous. That is completely normal. After a certain number of times of recording yourself you will start to feel comfortable in front of the camera. You will stop worrying about what other people think. You may also find you show a different persona on camera.

  3. Do not suppress the nerves! Allow yourself to feel nervous. It is totally normal in the first few seconds to feel your heartbeat rate get higher, sweat more than usual, and breathe a bit faster. Even professional singers with years of experience feel nervous before a performance. Just keep doing it. You will see how the nervousness fades. Keep a positive attitude. Think it is normal to feel nervous in the beginning. This helps change the initial nervous feelings into positive energy.

  4. Do not remain motionless. You would look uncomfortable. Feel free to move your body. Use it to express yourself. Move your head, your hands, and arms. Behave as you would if you were having a conversation with a good friend. In this way you will look natural. Your voice is especially important. The sound of your voice must be natural. Avoid speaking in a robotic monotone pitch. Use different tonalities according to what you are talking about.

  5. Enjoy the experience! Try to have fun. Do not take this as a painful, unpleasant activity. Take this as an enjoyable learning experience. It is OK to make mistakes and to learn from them. If the video has things you do not like you can always edit it later. You can remove any unwanted images.

  6. Believe you can overcome your fear of being on camera. You must have faith in yourself. Maybe you have never been filmed. Or you did it once and you panicked. You said, “I will never do this again”. Please relax. Give yourself the time to go through the process. Anyone who really wants to conquer the fear can do it.

If you think you cannot overcome the fear of video maybe this story can give you some encouragement.

This is the story of a man that did not like to speak in public. He conquered this fear by changing his attitude. He tells of his very first public speech. He was very anxious before the event. He spent a lot of time preparing. He had to talk for around 40 minutes to a large audience. The day of the speech arrived, he stood in front of the audience. He hadn’t done this since he was an 8-year old kid for his primary school theater performance. Back then he forgot his lines during the show in front of all the audience. These childhood memories and feelings came back to him as an adult just before this important professional speech. He was so nervous. He gave the entire 40-minute speech in 8 minutes!

He did not let this get him down. He persevered. He went on to become a highly-paid and famous professional speaker. He gave speeches thousands of times. He became a pioneer in the use of video.

If he could do it, you can too.