Monday, September 28, 2015

Seize the Day

It's Saturday morning. Your alarm has woken you up at 6 a.m. It's still dark. The entire world is fast asleep, cozy in bed, yet you leap out, ready to start work after a strong cup of coffee.

This is what would-be entrepreneurs dream of doing. Yet how often does it actually unfold? Based on the number of work colleagues still doing the same thing after years of dreaming of breaking out, it's a good guess that the number of people that realize their plans is very small.

When faced with the unpleasantness of early morning weekend wakeups, or late-night website updates, or saying no to vacation plans, what is one thought or image that you can hold on to to give you the boost you need? What makes you leap out of bed at 6 in the morning?

"The ones who make it are the ones who show up day after day."

Monday, September 21, 2015

Microphones and Audio

Although most people quickly whip out the cell phone when something instantaneous happens, some of you have access to better camera equipment. The question is: how is your audio equipment? Do you own one or more microphones that allow you to capture sound properly? Or do you rely solely on the mic your camera came with? (P.S. The second one is the wrong answer.)

Even on a clear, sunny day, the slightest breeze can ruin an otherwise great interview or soundbite. Same goes for when something happens in the environment around you. Unless you're in a sound studio, it's almost inevitable that your camera's microphone will pick up a door closing, a car driving on a street one block away, or a kid screaming. Murphy's Law.

However, if you look at your camera's manual carefully, and figure out how to plug in an inexpensive microphone designed to record interviews, your videos will turn out much better in the end. This topic and more is covered in my book, Make Money with Video: Sell Footage to News Stations and Get Paid.
A cheap clip-on can get better audio than the mic of your camera.
When submitting video to news stations, videos with proper sound can equal a better cash return. Don't let bad audio ruin your chances of having your footage shown on-air.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

E-book About News: How to Sell Your Video

If you would like insider information on how you can make money supplying video to news television stations, I've written an e-book on the subject. It's available for sale via Smashwords.

In this book, you'll read about how to sell video you've either caught on camera, or produced to advertise your company. News stations receive videos every day, but only a select few make it to air. On the flip side, many people record video and give away their video for free or upload it to YouTube without taking advantage of the money they can receive if they contact a few news stations and offer what they have.  

Happy reading! If you have further questions after looking through it, don't hesitate to contact me.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Professionalism on Youtube

I find some amateur Youtube videos to be very amateur.  Perhaps I have an overly critical view, but I feel that Youtube is meant for a large audience. Presenters should be somewhat professional, and talk... efficiently, if that's the right word.  What I mean is, if a person on-camera is talking, and using way too many casual colloquiums "Like, you know, like, OMG!", and blabbering off-topic, it makes me switch to another video.  Whether or not you agree that professionalism is key, we can all agree that you want the audience to watch your whole video.

Last night I was searching for Youtube reviews of a product.  Once the person on-camera started blithering, after a few seconds I got annoyed and clicked on other videos.  The ones I watched to the end were because the host was speaking efficiently.

Tips to improve your videos:

* know exactly what you'll be talking about
* if you need to, have cue cards off-camera to keep you on-track
* get a program for basic editing, to remove mistakes, interruptions, settling into your chair, etc.
* make sure the room is extremely quiet so the audience can hear your mic

If you would like your videos reviewed, feel free to send me a link!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Tip of the Month: Body Accessories

Almost everyone has piercings, tattoos, wild hair colour, wild fauxhawks... being creative with one's looks knows no bounds!  However, keep in mind that society, as a whole, leans towards conservative.  If you're being interviewed on-camera and trying to reach a wide audience, tone your look down if necessary.  Cover up tattoos with clothing, flip your hair to hide rainbow streaks, take out piercings if you can, and cover the chest.  On the flip side, if the crew interviewing you works for a more liberal station, by all means flaunt what you've got!

For a critical eye on how you appear to your audience, contact me for a review.  Reviews of your appearance can be done on-line or in-person.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Tip of the Month: Umbrellas

Today's tip is in honour of our current weather, which is rain, rain, rain!

When it's raining, if you can't find shade or an indoor place to conduct an interview, you're going to have to stand in the rain.  SANS umbrella.  Umbrellas add unflattering shade and filter the light shining on your face and head.  Even if the cameraman has a light, it can be reflected badly by the colour of your parasol.

Make sure your hair is styled to withstand the rain and resulting frizziness.  Ladies, wear waterproof makeup!  No powder - the streaks will look like you're crying.

For more tips on how to do well in interviews, contact me.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Up and About

Waking up early has been successfully ingrained in me.  I love waking up at 6:45 a.m.  Being up before 7 feels like I've already accomplished a goal, first thing in the morning!  The air is clean, the world is quiet.  It's a great feeling.

To be up that early, ideally I'm in bed by 10 p.m. because it takes me about 20 min. to half an hour to get to sleep.  Lately I've been falling asleep at about 11 or 11:30, so this week I've managed to get up at 7, no earlier.  I look back to 6 years ago, when I would be awake no earlier than 10.  And that was a struggle for me back then.  Now I can't imagine it any other way.