Influencer In The Making

keni  •  14 Jan 2022   •  

I am knee deep in our of my courses that is about video presence.

Assignment 1 was to create a 30 second video introducing ourselves and why we are taking this course. No edits, music or special effects allowed. Just a raw footage of us speaking to the camera.

It took me 6 retakes before I felt ok to submit my recording.
What I was looking for was:

  1. I am not mumbling.
  2. What I say is honest and interesting.
  3. I actually answer the question I was asked to speak about.
  4. I don’t look away from the camera…especially when I am trying to remember what to say.
  5. I stick to the time limit of 30 seconds… which is much shorter than I expected.

The end result was a very stiff me talking and looking so uncomfortable - it is funny to watch. Though I managed to do all 5, I looked like a robot.

I got feedback from the instructor telling me that I had improved from the very first intro video I had made for the course but I still had ways to go. The main thing he told me to change was the angle of the camera. Told me the camera should be at eye level. Who knew? I don’t have any equipment to place my phone anywhere unless I have someone else record me.
I am going to have to create a mini studio to be taken seriously as a content creator.
This influencer life style is expensive.


Love the eye level tip! Think that applies to taking Zoom calls too.

jasonleow  •  14 Jan 2022, 3:25 am

Whatever you do, please don’t become an “influencer.” That term is very cringe as the kids say.

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therealbrandonwilson  •  14 Jan 2022, 1:33 pm

Lol Brandon… I say that as a joke. My friends know how much I hate the word influencer and follower. Feels like a cult thing to me. But I am building a brand so the things that need me to have a presence is similar to being an influencer.

Agreed Jason. I am learning these things slowly.

keni  •  14 Jan 2022, 10:01 pm