Getting Over Being Camera Shy
One of the most common experiences that new creators have is they sit down, they turn on the camera, they’re ready to record, and then they feel super, super, super, super nervous, like they’re standing on stage in front of a million people– cause it might be, on YouTube. Today we want to talk with you about a few ideas to help you calm those nerves and help you feel comfortable on camera. That’s coming up. Hey, guys. My name is Tim Schmoyer, and welcome to Video Creators, the channel that is all about helping you guys grow your YouTube audience and spread your message, and changing lives here on this platform. This is Getting Over Being Camera Shy, and he trains people how to feel comfortable on camera.
Mostly actors, who are doing commercials and television stuff. -Yeah, models, the gamut. -Not like me. But today we want to talk to you guys about how to ease your nerves. Now Getting Over Being Camera Shy, we actually have a whole course that we’re shooting about this, and you can find out more about this link up below. It’s called Find Your Voice, and it’s all about helping you feel comfortable on camera. And even if you do you feel the comfortable camera, it also helps you just present your authentic, real self so it’s really easy for your audience to build a connection with you and feel like there’s a natural, human bond going on there. To find out more about that.
There’s a whole Getting Over Being Camera Shy lesson in this course called Dealing with Nerves that handles this whole topic specifically, and Daniel’s going to share with us a few things from that lesson to help us overcome those nerves. The first thing is tension and release. You might be inclined to have kind of shaky hands, or your body gets overly nervous and fidgety. So if you can physically tense up your muscles, like, very conscientiously every muscle group in your body and then systematically, one by one, start to release and relax each of those muscle groups, you will actually feel a lot calmer when it comes time to– -That totally just worked. I get itchy, you know? I start touching my face and stuff when I get nervous, and that doesn’t look good on camera.
-Yeah. So if you scrunch up your face and then relax, bam. You’ve just very conscientiously actually relaxed your body and eliminated some of those nerves. The second would be to breathe properly. So you want to make sure that you’re taking in deep breaths, you’re not breathing in shallow. If you’re taking in all these shallow breaths, then your heart rate is going to go up, you’re going to sound really weird, like you just ran a marathon, because you have these shallow breaths. So you’re going to start taking these deep breaths.
I like to think it like drinking a milkshake. I just, personally, I really resonate with that. I’m breathing in through here, through my diaphragm, and then I’m blowing out a full breath. You don’t see my chest move a lot. Actually, I’m moving my gut as I breathe in and out. And if you just take some time, like, breathe in for a six-second count, then blow out for a six-second count, you end up with this cyclical breathing pattern, this super slow– -Super soothing. The light goes off. -By slowing down your breathing pattern, you’re actually going to slow down your heart rate. Which, again, is going to give you a little bit more control over what you’re doing, help you feel a little bit less nervous, help get some of those butterflies out of your system. All right, the third thing is the power of trust. You have been at this for some amount of time to bring you to where you are. You’ve put in the time, you’ve practiced, you are now ready to shoot, and it’s your own mind that’s actually getting in your way.
You are your own worst enemy. So you just need to allow yourself to trust your abilities. You’re capable of doing more than you think you are, chances are, so if you just allow yourself to believe it, you’re going to be able to produce some really great content. The camera, the audience, everybody is rooting for you. So trust that. Trust in your own abilities, just like everybody else is. -Yeah. And going along with that, one thing that helped me was when I started actually picturing people there, too. Rather than looking at the camera, like, I know those of you guys who are
watching this video on YouTube, Like you’re counting every video, and so that helps me relax. Like, oh, I’m not talking to the camera anymore, now I’m picturing the people who watch this and comment. I think it’s really important because people are rooting for you, and when you start looking at the camera less and start looking at the comments and the people that are going to be watching and interacting, you’re picturing the people.
So that makes a big difference, at least it did for me, also. If this is something you want to learn more about, you want to dig into more about how do I feel comfortable on camera and, even more
importantly, how do I present my real, true, authentic self. We have a lesson on dealing with nerves which some of these things came from that. But there’s a whole course that goes into way more detail about telling good stories, making connections with the audience, body posture and language, and a lot of other stuff. So check out the link below or a card will pop up around here somewhere where you can go check that out.
And I would love to hear from you guys in the comments below because you guys talk about Getting Over Being Camera Shy— there’s a lot of people talking to the camera all the time. I would love to hear what advice and tips you have, and those of you who do feel nervous on camera, and you want to learn more about how to present your true, authentic self, read the comments people are leaving down there. I know you’ll learn a ton from them, as I always do. And if this is your first time here, I’d love to have you subscribe because every week we do content just like this to help you guys in ways that grow your YouTube channel, helps you make better videos, in this case, for more human, natural connection with your audience in a way that lets you spread messages that change people’s lives.
So thanks for hanging out, guys, subscribe, and I’ll see you guys again soon. Bye. In that course, there’s a lesson, Getting Over Being Camera Shy. Can’t talk. This? I don’t know what I was going to say. I just decided to go like that. -This has been three tips on how to overcome nerves. Thanks for hanging out, guys. Subscribe and I will see you guys again soon. Bye. I have like these spit bubbles going on the whole time.