A couple of videos ago, I received a lot of feedback on how to be confident in front of the camera. So, I decided to ask a real expert to share some of his confidence building techniques with me… Jay Jay Illusionist from FreeMagicLive!
Inside this short interview, I get Jay Jay to reveal three of his biggest tips for gaining more confidence in front of the camera.
I know you might not want to share it, but please leave your comment below about your biggest frustration with being confident in front of the camera. That will help us learn from you and create more materials to help you overcome this issue…
Transcript Of Today’s Video
Gideon: Hi! Welcome to my next video. Today as you can see, I’ve got a very special guest with me. If you’ve been following my stuff, you’ll know JayJay. Say “hi”, JayJay…
JayJay: Hey, what’s going on?
Gideon: So JayJay is someone that I’ve been working with in the past. We worked together on the FreeMagicLive project. We did a pretty good job on that. Is that right, JayJay?
JayJay: Yeah, right!
Gideon: How many views have we got on that channel right now?
JayJay: Ah… close to ten million.
Gideon: Close to ten million views… So at the moment, JayJay is running that all by himself. I’ve removed my involvement a little bit from that. I still help JayJay out there with a few things…
Gideon: But he’s really taking it to the next level.
JayJay: It was your baby also.
Gideon: (Laughs) My baby… that’s where I tried out all my YouTube strategies.
Gideon: There’s one thing that JayJay is particularly good at. And I wanted him to give you that bit of information. A couple of weeks ago, I had a video that talked about “How To Overcome The Fear Of Being In Front Of The Camera“. I’ve got a few tips but really the master is this guy here. So I want JayJay to give you one really good tip for how you can become really nice and confident in front of the camera… JayJay…
JayJay: Take it away… Thank you, Gideon. I love your stuff.
Gideon: Thank you.
JayJay: One of the biggest tips I believe that you will learn from getting comfortable in front of the camera is understanding you. What I mean by that is knowing your weaknesses, knowing what you’re good at, knowing what you’re not good at; and understanding that you’re not perfect; and understanding that really just owning who you are in front of the camera… You should have understood what I mean by that, don’t you?
Gideon: I think so. You’re saying you’re getting to the core of who you are, realizing that you’re not perfect; and that’s cool. There’s actually a lot of other people out there who are also not perfect, and they’re still confident.
JayJay: Yeah. We’re not meant to be news reporters. I think that’s what a lot of people think – you have to have every word clear… Just like before, I sort of mixed up a couple of my words, but I’m not really worried about it. I’m just talking with passion because I know what I’m saying. I know that I might not speak the clearest. I know that I might not be the smoothest sounding talker on my video. But I know what I’m talking about, and I know who I am and what my weaknesses are. I know how I can sort of convey that. And it gives me more confidence of who I am and something really important is knowing what you’re talking about; it’ll help you in front of the video.
Gideon: Okay, so two things – knowing yourself and knowing the stuff you’re talking about.
Gideon: That takes time, right?
JayJay: Yeah, yeah.
Gideon: Not something that comes overnight?
JayJay: And probably I’ll throw in a little strategy tip?
Gideon: Yeah, definitely!
JayJay: A really good strategy tip that I’ve helped a lot of people out with – myself and Gideon will agree with this – is that people make the camera, they make this like this big shiny object… and you freak out. You think that if you stumble with some words, something is going to happen. Something that really got me comfortable in front of the camera, you know the big people say, how do you become good at something?… You practice. So , you know what? Do a video everyday! You can record it. Talk about something you know… talk about a story of your childhood. You want to get comfortable talking in front of the camera because when you start looking at the camera like it’s just another person, like you’re telling someone a story like I’m telling you now, you’ll forget that it’s a camera. I don’t know if that sort of makes sense.
Gideon: It does… Two things – it’s really just getting used to speaking in front of the camera. Just acting like it’s you talking to a friend… The other thing that I’ve found that works really well, and I notice you do really well, we look into the camera like we’re looking now, we’re really acting like we’re talking to you listening to this right now.
Gideon: So, we’re acting like we’re talking to the real person. We’re imagining you’re sitting on the other side of the lens. And another tip to make that even better that I got from one of my followers – actually, I can’t remember his name – is to act like you’re in love with the person on the other side.
JayJay: Yes, that’s a really big strategy tip. And I think if you could do that once a day or even better, once in the morning and once in the evening. It will start to change your perception of it and realize it’s really not a hard thing. You’re just telling a story to someone. But I think people get so worried about every word has to be so clear. As I said, we’re not news reporters. News reporters tried numerous amounts of years to get every word so clear. But I think if you know what you’re talking about and if you’re passionate then it shouldn’t be an issue.
Gideon: That’s right. So, know yourself; know your content and topic really well; practice really good.
JayJay: Yeah. Like what they say, if no one is perfect, why practice?… Does that make sense?
Gideon: Not sure.
JayJay: Oh sorry (laughs)… If practice makes perfect; but nobody’s perfect, why practice?
Gideon: Yeah, I’ll think about that. I have to watch this video again. (Laughs)
JayJay: Practice… Practice will not… Anyway…
Gideon: I got it…
Hey, if you want to check out JayJay and see how he performs in the streets with his magic and how his confidence just shines through and to learn a few performance tips from JayJay, check out his channel. We’ll put the link right there…
Click on it and go to JayJay’s YouTube channel and you can watch some of the videos that he is doing right now. Very cool, very exciting! If you’re interested in magic, subscribe. Check it out.
But if nothing else, see how JayJay performs right in front of the camera and how he’s just himself. He’s just natural and hopefully, confident, I must say.
JayJay: Thank you very much…. Let’s recap. What were they again?
Gideon: Knowledge of yourself.
JayJay: Believing in yourself and realizing that you’re not a news reporter; you’re not supposed to be perfect; you’re allowed to make mistake.
Gideon: Knowledge of your topic area.
JayJay: Know what you’re talking about.
Gideon: And practice. So you can build up that skill.
JayJay: That’s it.
Gideon: Too easy… Actually, while we’re on this video, we’d love to hear from you. We want to know what is your main frustration and pain and issue with being in front of the camera. What is it that prevents you getting in front of the camera and being confident?… Leave a comment below. We’d love to hear from you so that we can help you get better. Perhaps we can create some more content that will help you overcome that fear of being in front of the camera. So, please leave a comment… Thanks for watching!