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How to overcome fear in front of camera and publish videos

By - Richard - 29th April 2021

This video offer five key tips to help overcome the fear of publishing videos and speaking to camera. 

It’s based on my own experience of starting a YouTube channel three years ago but then stopping due to embarrassment and fear. 

Although I have been a professional filmmaker for 20 years, I thought it was time to venture out from behind the camera and embrace YouTube. My fear got the better of me. 

However, the process of making YouTube videos is something I really enjoy and I have become much more comfortable with being in front of camera and I have banished the fear and anxiety of uploading videos. 

The main thing that has really helped me get over the uneasiness of creating youtube videos – and get beyond the cringe factor of seeing and hearing myself on camera – has been to focus on producing videos which have value, which other people might find useful. 

As I get older, I feel like I have experiences and knowledge that I can share and hopefully through my honesty and transparency, it might help other people. If you struggle with the embarrassment of publishing videos or if the thought of posting on social media makes you feel anxious, here are five tips that have really helped me:

1) Provide value. This could be as simple as providing a nice image for people to look at and experience, but the more value you can give to your potential audience, the less embarrassed you are going to feel at sharing this information. 

2) People don’t care. 500 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute. The majority of people you know are not going to come across your work. Even if they do, they are going to care about it far less than you do. Don’t get too hung about it!

3) Publish it and move on. There is a quote from Andy Warhol which I really like and find very motivating,

“Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.”

4) Be consistent and keep improving. Keep striving to make your next piece of work better, even if it’s a marginal gain. 

5) Just start. The first step is always the hardest. If you’ve already started, keep it going.

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About the Author

Richard Nicholls - Managing Director

Before launching Swift Films, Richard worked as a broadcast TV director and editor, working on programmes for the BBC, ITV and Sky.

A multi-skilled and technically-minded filmmaker, Richard is equally at home coming up with creative concepts as he is on location filming or pulling footage together in the edit suite.

Richard is a member of Independent Producers Scotland and has a love of cats, football, chocolate and Film Noir (in that order).