How to Go From Camera Shy to Camera “Fly”

This video marked Stevie’s debut way back in 2012. You might be able to tell how nervous he is. I’d never invited him out to play before. Do you have an alter ego who doesn’t get much sunlight?

Here’s what I wrote about this video back then…


Would you like some practical advice on how to get in front of the camera and be fly (awesome)?

If you want to conquer the lens, you need to know exactly what you’re up against. Most people are taken by surprise by a villain they never suspected was lurking only inches away.

Find out who that “villain” is, how to conquer him, and how to have a lot of fun in the process, resulting in a comfortable performance that attracts your just-right audience.

In any case, thanks for your thoughtful responses to “Suggestion Box Wednesday” from last week. This video is the first in a series that come directly from your questions.

I hope you like it! Would you leave a response either way? Thanks!

And no, unlike what the video says, there’s no course for sale this time. There are definitely some great free ones right on this site, though!

    12 replies to "How to go from camera shy to camera “fly”"

    • Charles

      WOW! What a great video. Interesting, humorous and with real instructional value. This is one of your best video I have seen so far. I learn so much from just studying your techniques. There are a lot of people selling video courses and production techniques in the marketplace today but when you watch one of your videos compared to them it makes me think they should take your course. You truly are a master of your craft. I am making an affirmation to my EGO not to let CRAS control my life.
      Thank you for the lesson. Simply wonderful.

      • admin

        Thanks, Charles! You know, it so much easier and fun to make videos when you know what people are interested in learning.

        And thanks for the nod about my skills! 🙂

    • Brendan Hasson


      What an inspirational video. I was about to shoot myself before I watched this video.

      I have just made a new video based on some of your suggestions, and I actually like it.

      My only regret is that you were making more of these videos so I could feel better about myself.

      As they say in Italian, grazie mille “thanks a million”,

      Brendan Hasson

      • admin

        Hey, it’s great to hear that you’re able to use these tips to make something you like.
        Send us a link sometime!

    • Robin

      Loved your tips Steven! I enjoy your humor and the way it illustrates your points, especially the little sideshow with the ego. Bottom line for newbies–learn to have fun and your energy and authenticity will carry over.

      • admin

        Wow. You got a great lesson from that!!!
        Grazie mille, to quote Brendan!

    • Jaime

      Rocking, Steve, rock! Super content. Not to mention that “the ego” bit is useful in other areas of life, too 😉 thanks!

      • admin

        What? There are other areas?? 🙂

    • Michelle

      Practice? What? You mean it shouldn’t just come naturally right off the bat if I’m meant to be on camera? Really? That’s what my ego assured me! I believed her. She lied???

    • admin

      No, no, no. The ego doesn’t lie. She just believes whatever makes her feel safe. 🙂

    • Rita

      Loved the video. Do you suggest practicing with a word-for-word script, an outline, or ad lib? I know practice makes permanent, so do you have any practice suggestions that make the process easier or quicker?

      • admin

        Without knowing more about you, it’s not possible to say which is best. There are prompter people and ad lib people. Generally you play to your strength in speech-making. For many people, using an outline is the best way to go, then shoot your video in 15 – 20 second segments so that you don’t have to memorize anything word for word. Obviously you would then cover up the breaks with b-roll so that you don’t get jump-cuts.

        Good luck!

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