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What tips do you have for someone who is nervous to make a video because they are shy in front of a camera?

I'm extremely shy.  I tried to make a  video but it falls flat because I can't seem to get my words out right.  And I blink a lot!  Even doing a voiceover is turning out horrible.  Do you have any tips or suggestions on how I can get around this?

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Joe Federer
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Try having a good friend stand next to the camera, and talk to your friend. Very few people are comfortable in front of a camera, but most people are OK with talking to a friend. Do lots of takes and edit the best parts with static shots or illustrations as segues. I used to work in video, but it took me 24 takes to get something that isn't too embarrassing!

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Jules
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Thank you so much everyone.  I took everyone's advice.  I finally put up a video.  Please check it out.  Just don't judge too harshly.  I'm not a great speaker and it was my first time editing a video.  :)  But it was fun!

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Everything Nice,inc
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I was like that as well when i started making online videos. over the years (now doing online videos for about 4 years) the biggest part is not to talk to a camera but to talk to someone - imagine who it could be a friend or a student in my case. don't treat the camera as an object as you want the viewer to relate to you.

The nice thing about doing a video at home is you can take as many takes as you want/need . even if your shy at first if you do it enough times it will come out great. last but not least get a basic/good editing tool - if your on mac then screenflow is great . why? edit out the parts you don't like - if your over blinking in a section and such.

 - if it's not important to see you all the way through the video then video life , the project, screen cast if its relevant and other ways to fill the screen without to much screen time. notice my last kickstarter that just ended today:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ageek/become-a-certified-web-developer-in-8-weeks

i'm in the video for about 5 seconds . you don't need to be on frame for 3 minutes talking. people don't want to see that as well. your best at condensing your message into a script that would last about 1-2 minutes better is less. 1 minute if you can say everything you need to say. 

- try to have fun (i know easier said then done - if a beer will help i say go for it - that's how i created the first few hours of my training with a few bottles of beer right next to me ;)

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Kristen Horner Da Silva
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Take the pressure off by keeping your message short and sweet. I think it's important to see your face and hear from you, but you don't have to be the whole video. :) I'm not sure what the nature of your project is, but could you show some elements of what goes into making what you make? You can use someone else for the voiceover bits or even use text on the screen. I've see that done very effectively. We spent a lot of time storyboarding our video and I made sure I had several takes of every "scene" so I could cut and edit around any awkward bits (or try, anyway!). 

I'm an actor, but my whole career has been on stage. I get a camera in front of me and it's like I've never spoken publicly before! I just try to relax, have fun with it (having lots of people around making you laugh helps) and give myself enough takes to get some decent material. 

Good luck! (Break a leg, as we say!) 

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Dale Beaumont-Brown
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I was exactly the same with my video Jules, one section took me 43 takes! I agree with Joe, have a friend nearby, get them to ask you a question that will prompt you to give what you want to say as an answer. Best of luck. Dale

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hector
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Be confident on camera. Pretend you are talking to yourself.

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Ade Septian
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Just today, I joined kickstarter to create a project (live casting video games) I salute everyone here! I've been shy almost all of my life especially 'in' the internet world, I have fears and phobias. after reading this page, I finally have the courage to make a video, but I still don't know how I should make it. thank you all for the advices :)

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Alex Eames - RasPi.TV
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I'd agree, persistence. I feel like a twonk in front of the camera (and look like one too - before anybody else says it) but the backers like to see the creator, so you need to be in your video at least for a bit. Just keep practising. No worthwhile skills come without some effort.

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SmoochHausen
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PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE. REPEAT REPEAT REPEAT. 

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Bert Touma
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I launched 3 kickstarter projects, one failed, one was successful and one I canceled. All 3 had terrible video, I tried to make them and edit them myself using an Ipad or Iphone. My voice sounded terrible on the Ipad recording. I had this complex about how I sound since my first project till last week when I hired a professional to video tape and edit my fourth kickstarter project video which I planning to launch next week.

I placed an ad in craiglist for a local photographer, and I got quite few responses. I selected one that I could afford with good experience.

I have terrible memory, I recorded only the introduction and the ending, one line at a time, few time over and over. The key was to always look at the same spot so he can edit and pick the lines that sounded the best. And the remaining script I did using voice over.

He had a microphone attached to my shirt, so I sounded way much better than what I thought I sound like on recording.

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Lucy Mihajlich
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You should appear in your video, but if you're really stiff, you can keep it brief. Just do the introduction, and then use voiceover for the rest. Create concept art, take pictures, or film yourself working on your project. That's more dynamic than a talking head anyway.

For my video, I created concept art for my project and had my brother film me playing with his Vive VR headset. I was less self-conscious playing the Vive, because the game made me forget about the camera.

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george yap
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Do what Hollywood do best.  Just be "like" an actor remembering the lines and act naturally.

Stand in front of a mirror and time yourself and rehearse over over again.

Or copy someone who is a great speaker,like Madam Hillary Clinton, she is a great public speaker right now and will be a good role model.

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Ritchie Orion
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Go on instagram,  add journalists, narrators, actors and actresses. check  out their pages,  like them if you truly do,  comment on a relatable post, compliment them and engage in conversation either in comments or private message.  Then just be simple and truthful.  Words from the heart,  tend to land on the heart. Reach out and say something like " hey,  I know this is really random.  But I'm trying to find a real go getters,  someone who isnt opposed to expanding their career by collaboration.  I'm trying to get my kick-start going but I'm a bit nervous.  Would you know anyone interested in reading a script for me on video,  sending it to my email,  and help back my project while providing a platform to expand their following? "

And that's another option,  just wrote out a detailed script,  and have someone else film themselves reading it,  or ask a family member or friend to do so via Skype, use a screen recording app , go over the script and how you want it read or whatever,  and screen record.  You could then have someone do the work for you while directing it as you wish. 

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write a few symbols down like a smiley face to help you remember to smile and one to remind you to slow down. record yourself in front of other people talk to them. get them to give you positive feedback and one area for development. watch the video of yourself and make notes. you'll be amazed how quickly you get better.

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Try to do your first video with a friend 

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Juan Antonio Baez-Verdin
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Schem your dialogue, try not to memorize, be natural, but organize it. If English is not your native, practice for pronunciation, even if you are using your native record your audio and listen to yourself and identify the words that you require to stress and the air flowing, the force of your speech.... enjoy, have fun doing it. Relax, it is not a Live Transmission, you can do and redo.... You are the Movie director, and Actor... or Actress... Take care! 

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You know what's the most dangerous thing is your own voice. When I did this for the first time, trust me I was terrible at speaking. And there is one thing, till the day you won't take your video to YouTube, no one will see it except you. So, try as much as you can. Delete the video and re-record it. For your terrible voice, keep recording in different styles and listen to your own voice using good headphones. You will get good results really soon. That's what I have to say.

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Rival Marketing
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Check out Fiver.com

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