FIVE FRIDAY - 5 TIPS - xanthe berkeley
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As part of our Behind The Scenes course, I share a video tutorial of how to put yourself in front of the camera.

I thought I’d share it here for those taking part 12.12.12 incase they fancy a little chat to camera… and for anyone else wanting to video blog.

Videoing yourself is not for everyone, I know it scares me, but I’m also kinda drawn to it… weird? I do it for my courses and I also like to put myself (when I can) into my films, because I believe it’s important to be part of the story too.

Here are my top five tips for talking to camera, should you be a little curious to do it…

  1. Find good light and space you feel comfortable with no distractions – Talking to camera is uncomfortable situation for most people, but be brave and keep doing it, as only practice, practice, practice will help you get better.
  2. Look into the camera, it’s about making contact with your viewer. Imagine you’re talking to a friend.
  3. Have an idea of what you might say, either a list in your head to keep the conversation more casual and spontaneous or make bullet point notes, to put by the side of your camera, to prompt you while you’re talking.
  4. Remember to check what you’ve recorded, to make sure you’ve got it in the bag. And don’t worry if you ramble on, because you can always edit it down.
  5. Have fun, experiment and don’t take yourself too seriously… Be YOU… get all the silliness and embarrassment out of you, make noises, be silly and then take a deep breath and BE YOU.

The video tutorial goes over these points in my silly way… I recorded this a few months ago, and I’m really cringing inside now I’ve watched it back… but hey ho, if I can do it, so can you…

Oh gosh, it makes me miss my old kitchen!… If you’ve survived watching my nonsense… perhaps you’d like to view the even more silly out-takes here.



  • Susannah Conway
    Posted at 15:18h, 11 December Reply

    are you sure we’re not related? Cos watching this is like watching myself in an Unravelling video — we even have similar facial expressions 🙂

  • Jill
    Posted at 15:37h, 10 December Reply

    aaaahhhggg! I get butterflies just thinking about it! Thank you so much for giving me a boost!!

  • naomi
    Posted at 03:44h, 10 December Reply

    I just love listening to your voice! I’ll be brave … thanks for sharing your thoughts and the tutorial!

  • Dotti
    Posted at 16:53h, 09 December Reply

    Oh, Xanthe! I so enjoy hearing you talk about videos! I haven’t been bitten by the bug yet but if I hear enough from you, you might just talk me into it. 😀

  • Sherri B.
    Posted at 01:39h, 08 December Reply

    You have such courage…and you look great on film! Maybe one day I’ll get up the nerve to do this…*she says unconvincingly* lol 🙂

  • Suzette
    Posted at 00:11h, 08 December Reply

    Thank you for this… I need to take a class…Courage 101! I’m going to be brave…I am!

  • Taryn Pyle
    Posted at 15:27h, 07 December Reply

    I am been agonizing over doing this, but I know I can do it, and I am so glad you shared this with me. Thank you!

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