Last week I recorded a handful of videos for a training series I’m about to launch (you won’t want to miss this one - sign-up here).
I documented the whole experience over on Instagram, and I ended up getting so many questions about the gear I used and how I mapped out my process, I knew I wanted to give you all a little more behind the scenes intel and let you in on exactly how I did it.
And let’s be real here for a minute, recording videos can be totally overwhelming.
You don’t know what gear to buy, if you have the money to buy it, how much time you need to do takes over and over again, what to say, where to record it...I could go on and on with all of the questions, and even my own panic that I felt about doing it *just right.*
But the truth is, when we overcomplicate things because we want it to be “perfect” it’s always going to overtake us with overwhelm.
Hopefully this list below will help you tackle your next video project. Keep it simple, share your message and be as concise as possible in doing so and give your tribe the gift of YOU!
Here is the gear that I used:
(This was the camera I used as a professional photographer. While the quality is incredible, it’s way beyond anything you would need for a shoot like this in general.)
Here are some eas(ier) alternative options that I highly recommend...
Use your iPhone (horizontally)
Lapel Mic (connects to iPhone with headphone jack)
Tripod for iPhone (I used a different one for my camera)
Your brain (It’s FREE!)
Once all of the equipment was up and running (shout out to my husband Ben for all of his help!) I asked for some creative and physical space while I recorded the videos on my own.
I hit the “Record” button myself, and then- I just gave myself the green light to GO.
Of course,I had written down all of these notes and teaching points I wanted to hit, but in the end I decided to just step in front of the camera and let the message flow.
Here’s a pro tip for those of you overthinking what you should be saying and how you’re going to be saying it: Your people don’t want rehearsed, they want real.
I rocked out each training in just one take, and spoke straight from the heart, which was exactly the way it was meant to be. Don’t get caught up in making it perfect- just do you, stutters and all, and your tribe will thank you for it.
There is no perfect camera, microphone or script for a video that is never shot.
Your message and your genius are the things your audience is hungry for.
Use what you have or buy what you can afford. Be authentic and honest in your message and have fun. The world is waiting to hear what you have to say.