3 Ways To Reduce Being Shy In Front Of A Camera

When you start creating video, it’s easy to get caught up with the nervous feeling in your stomach when the big red button turns on and you have to perform.

But what if worrying so much about how you act on camera is just a cover up for not being prepared, over thinking yourself and lacking that feeling of confidence?

I want to share with you, 3 ways to reduce being shy in front of a camera, so that the next time you decide to shoot a vlog, Instagram story or Facebook live, you’ll be ready to come from a place of confidence and eager to speak to the masses.

1) Be creative and develop the ability to act through improvising.

The best part about going on camera and talking about a topic, is the ability to go with the flow and allow what ever comes up to step through you.

Depending if this type of video is organized via script(s), you will be able to just talk on the subject without feeling the need to stop or disrupt your flow within the conversation piece. What I notice in myself when I choose to put together very specific videos is that if it’s a short 5 minute face to face conversation, I can just speak without worrying because I’ve learnt to fill the gaps between my words.

This type of practice came with just going in front of the camera no matter how I felt.

I started with Snapchat when that first came out on mobile phone devices and it really got me comfortable with 5-10 second snippets of my daily life. What’s interesting is you may be thinking about how others perceived me, but I did not even have a slight worry about that, because I was enjoying the process of just being funny on camera for myself.

One year later, I started doing YouTube vlogs and it was really scary for me because I was so afraid of how others would judge me. This sounds like the complete opposite of Snapchat which is strange because you would assume I was ready for this.

The problem was I did not feel comfortable and was not in love with the way I sounded, nor the style of video content I was releasing. I felt embarrassment and it took me quite some time to adjust to this over the next 2 months.

However, I stayed persistent and kept showing up no matter what and that feeling slowly faded away as I became more and more comfortable with finding the right spot for myself on camera.

2) Use meditation as a preparation tool

The best thing you can do for yourself is becoming calm prior to filming. Of course this again depends on the style of video you are shooting. But if it’s something that requires you to just speak passionately and truthfully to the lens, then you may just want to show up feeling relaxed.

Just like going on stage, it’s easy to feel good prior, but then once you step on stage, the actual panic can sneak up on you and hold you hostage as you try to gather your thoughts for what you thought was a smooth speech.

The best trick in my books for calming my body down is to sit down and do deep breath work through meditation. I don’t follow any unique patterns other than wearing an eye mask, a pair of sound cancelling headphones (Mine are drum headphones) and going through a series of deep inhales through my nose and exhales out my mouth.

The reward?

You will center in on what is troubling you while being able to gather and collect your thoughts prior to the video you are going to shoot. The other good thing about doing this type of practice is the peace and serenity it will bring to you while you allow your mind to let go and become one with your heart, allowing focus and flow to arise within you.

3) Show yourself love, you are already good enough

Just like my topic of meditation, when you sit down and silence your mind from the constant chatter as you flush out the anxiety/fearful thoughts of trickery, you allow for love to take over you.

When you allow this, you start to believe in yourself and create that confidence that helps you become creative and lead to a level of improv through talking in your video.

Another spot to focus on is how you actual want to feel while creating your content.

If you are stressed and frustrated with other concerns surrounding you, I feel as if this can become a big road block when you want to simply show up and be yourself on video.

It’s easy to pick up on if the person in a video is coming from a place of sadness, anger, but also love and happiness, etc.

So when it comes to removing that shyness in front of a camera, remind yourself why you are here in the first place and focus on what you can bring to the table.

Because I promise you it can make the biggest difference when it comes to your content standing out from the crowd, but also showing high quality confidence from being in the zone.

Closing comments on shyness

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About the Author

Jamie solves problems for the busy online coach & small business. Jamie focuses on brand identity and content development for success with each client he works with. Jamie lives in Toronto, Canada where he enjoys getting out into nature and sharing moments with his most dedicated friends, clients, and family.