Thursday, July 5, 2012

Tips for better on camera performance - record yourself

For our sister company, we often work with clients and talent to help them create a more memorable on camera performance for blogging and commercial delivery.
Here are some tips for making it more believable.

Today's tip --

Record yourself. You are your own harshest critic, or at least you should be. Be honest with yourself. Would you want to sit through what you just saw? If you're saying "hey, not bad" then you're pretty close to the mark. If you're squirming in your chair and your eyes are doing a nervous twitch fighting the urge to click away from the page with your mouse, you have some more work to do.

Don't sweat the small stuff.

Remember, you are focusing on the performance; not the hair, not the lighting, just the performance. Critique yourself on the following:

  • voice quality
  • inflection
  • pauses, and uses of "helper" sounds like umm and like
  • head movement
  • eye contact
  • distractions like too much blinking
  • hand movement (if you are shooting with full or 2/3 body exposure)

Go through this checklist and determine how much work you have to do. Sometimes spending even an hour with an on camera coach can make a world of difference.

For more tips on video and on camera performance, check out our help section of

With over 30 years experience, Tim McLarty  currently works out of Toronto Canada as a writer, producer and media strategist producing advertising and entertainment content.

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