Smile! You're on Candid Camera - Video Blogs - Jill Sackler L.I. Agent

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Smile! You're on Candid Camera - Video Blogs - Jill Sackler L.I. Agent

Connecting with people, reaching a large audience and learning from each other through posts and webinars - these are definitely some of the advantages of social media. My favorite by far? The Video Blog.

Relatively new to the scene; they're popping up everywhere and I make it my business to watch as many as possible from the leaders in my industry.

Video blogs allow me to know someone in a way that could never be possible by merely glancing at a professional head-shot. A photo is just a frozen second in time and, we're naturally, all drawn to our very best expression. Interestingly enough, sometimes we're attracted to the one pose that barely resembles us at all. Psychiatrists would have a field day with that one.

But a video blog is candid. Even a minute is too long for the average, untrained person to be in character. Voice quality, affected accents, semantics, mannerisms, facial expressions, gestures, posture and even clothes can tell others a great deal about us. Turn on a camera and, except for the most extroverted among us, a majority are instantly transported back in time to the  angst-ridden years common to the average teenager.
 

Insecurities that we may have already addressed some 25 years ago and which we aren't anxious to revisit  anytime soon make a return appearance. Getting in front of a camera is a new experience for many and it requires a period of adjustment. Some have even gone so far as to don a mask for their video debut. All in the spirit of fun, of course, but the little extra boost of confidence that comes with anonymity is a special bonus.

By all accounts, my inaugural video blog was boring!! but I guarantee that my next attempt will be incrementally more sophisticated than the original. And while it was a little nerve-wracking to make, I'm glad I did anyway.

The Internet has exploded with so many wonderfully creative amateur video productions.  Now that video blogs are here, I gather they're here to stay. They're just too important to fade away because they serve an important purpose - they level the playing field. The average Joe can use this medium to convey his message and advertise his talents even if he's destined to never walk a red carpet in his life nor get physically near the brilliant lights of Broadway.

 
 

 

 

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Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
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Jill, You're right, the head-shot photos sometimes don't even look like "real" person and just isn't the same as seeing and hearing someone on a video blog.  In this business consumers really want to get to know who they are dealing with first and make a connection...BRAVO, you did good!

May 14, 2012 11:14 PM #6
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Jill Sackler
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Ellen - Thanks, but after watching so many, I know there's tons of room for improvement.

Jon - You're like the Simon Cowell of ActiveRain but, like Simon, I know it's all true and I can only benefit from your constructive criticisms. I've watched enough of them by now to know I have to keep things moving and using slides on the next one would be a start. I like your idea of standing up and sitting down and generally moving around. I will incorporate pieces of the blooper video also. I tried to combine the two as you once suggested but it didn't come out very well and I couldn't use it. I'll have to think about the contact info problem. Look for a new video out sometime this summer.

Other than that, I am a fan of video blogs because there's just no hiding from the camera. What you see is what you get (WYSIWYG) when the little light goes on. For those of us who are innately self-conscious, it's easier to be in back of the camera than in front. Still, this was a tentative first step in the right direction although everything you said was true and any changes I make at all could only be changes for the better.

C'mon Jon, Want to try it?

May 14, 2012 11:19 PM #7
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Jill Sackler
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Will - I think it's here to stay just like those non-professional actors who are the star of their own commercials.

Gary - Thanks. I appreciate the vote of confidence and I will keep practicing.

Craig - You should and I'm sure it will be hysterical.

Sheila - Thanks so much. If nothing else, the Seo you get from video trumps that of text anyday.

May 14, 2012 11:25 PM #8
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Jill - video blogging and video ads are indeed what catch the attention of the younger generations.

May 14, 2012 11:36 PM #9
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Cindy Westfall
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Hi Jill, Oh, we as usual are going through parallel things. Realizing that the videos that I have created had my old company info on them, I have disabled many of them...which might not be a bad thing since many of them weren't all that good to begin with! I was working on a video last night..and now am getting ready to run out and take some more pictures to add to it. Yes, it sure does make you take a good look at yourself as others see you (if that's possible as we are so critical of ourselves). I'm going to take some of Jon's suggestions and see if I can't work in some slides as well. keep at it.....cuz man, videos are GREAT google juice!

May 15, 2012 04:27 AM #10
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Jill - I want, but I am afraid :).

I have more issues than just being in front of the camera. But I am thinking about it, and I am trying to find a format that would work for me.

you have one less problem with your perfect (naturally) English.

May 15, 2012 01:34 PM #11
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Jill Sackler
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Jon - That's so funny that you should say that. English is actually my 2nd language although I did come here when I was 6. Anytime before middle school age and you will lose your accent. However, there are some sounds that are difficult for me to make still and imitatable. And although I'm much better at catching it now, if I'm really tired or sick I may fall back naturally on what I call the "pie of pizza" phenomenon. That's when you think in a different language and then try to translate that into english. It's when something is technically correct but phrased strangely in a way no American-born person would say it. I once had a professor in graduate school call me on it when she was grading my papers, and I asked, "is it wrong?" She said "no" but it's still a telltale sign to your readers. Again, no native speaker would have phrased it that way.

I think you should try it, not only because if you dish it out, you should also be able to take it but, with the professional help you have in your family, your completed version of a video blog will be head and shoulders above anything that I could possibly produce on my own. Also, most people will find the accent charming and anyone who is from your culture, will find it comforting as well. I want to send you over to another woman in CT who made a video with a delightful accent. I'll get back to you on that one.

May 16, 2012 12:05 AM #12
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Jill: Well done!  I thought you did a nice job with your pacing and elocution- You didn't rush through what you had to say, which is the trouble most people have, I think.  I thought filming in your office looked professional, too- the unabridged dictionary off to the right was a nice touch.  :)  Using video also showed me some personal biases- being from the Midwest, I generally envision everyone sounding like me- but you definitely don't have a Midwest accent!  You should be encouraged, and you have inspired me to look into using this medium as well- Thank you!

May 16, 2012 12:10 AM #13
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Barbara-Jo - that is indeed the way of the future.

Cindy - And we learn with every one we make. I can't wait to see your newest one. Your right on both counts - google juice for videos and Jon's expert suggestions.

Andrew - Thanks so much. That's very kind. It's actually where I work at home and that dictionary is one of my most prized possessions in life (recently moved to 2nd place after my #1 Vitamix - lol). No, I'm definitely not from the midwest with that voice and I always wanted elocution lessons. Of course, you should try it.

May 16, 2012 12:39 AM #14
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You got some great advice from Jon.  And, I liked it anyway.  I like the outtakes, too.  Keep up the great work!

May 16, 2012 06:49 AM #15
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Cathy Criado
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Howdy Jill!

First of all, congratulations! You bit the bullet and went for it; you make me proud. So many times Realtors are afraid of being on camera but in all honesty, it is no different than a listing presentation, but with more pizzaz. You are now in the 1% of Realtor population that has ventured this direction.

Now, as to some real feedback.... I will say that you were poised, well spoken, and personable. You have good camera presence. However, you are also flat.  I read your blogs so I know you have a huge personality and it did not convey.  Maybe think about shooting in a different environment, like a home setting. Maybe try mixing media to include some sold homes or talk about client stories. Check out Jane Debb's YouTube Thursday group for more ideas.

She and Rebekah Radice say not to go over 60 seconds. I agree. Its better to make (3) 60 second pieces that keep the viewer engaged then to have them click out. Think of each video as a chapter and make them connect; all keeping with a theme.

Mine is 54 seconds.

May 16, 2012 12:10 PM #16
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Jill Sackler
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Thanks, Ron. You always offer support for all my amateur endeavors.

Cathy - I liked your video - short, sweet and animated. Voices are always the biggest surprise. Like Andrew #13 said, you sort of expect people to sound like you and then they don't.

Your "now as to some real feedback" scared me. I was like, "uh, oh." However, I appreciate the honesty. It's not like I didn't already know and now I have a host of things to try for my next production.

May 16, 2012 11:00 PM #17
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Sorry I'm late Jill - you did it! And, I love, love, love your reasons why it's important to use video. YouTube Thursdays

May 18, 2012 06:51 AM #18
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Thanks, Debb. My next one will make you proud.

May 18, 2012 09:06 AM #19
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Jillie Bean -

Didn't mean to scare you! I just love your liviliness and want to see more of that. I have been out of video making for awhile and I'm no expert. But I can say that the more you do the more you become comfortable with doing. I tend to shoot about 3-5 versions for each topic. If its a house tour, I do one, but I also direct it in a way that I can cut something out. If I know I screwed up I'll retake before moving to the next room.  It makes it easier to find on my camera.  PS - I know mine's not perfect but I could get stuck in that loop!

You're a beautiful person inside and out so lets see that convey in the video!  Congrats on the YouTube feature.

Sincerely,
Cathy Bureau
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May 18, 2012 09:53 PM #20
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Jill, good for you getting in FRONT of the camera!  You've gotten some great suggestions and I can't wait to watch as you spread your video wings.  Well done!

I smile at your discussion with Jon, as I thoroughly enjoyed just listening to YOUR accent! ;)  Your personality comes through loud and clear which is so important... 

Hope you're out 'filming' this week-end.

Pamela

May 19, 2012 05:10 AM #21
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Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

"the more you do the more you become comfortable with doing."

I'm betting on that, Cathy.

Hi Pamela - I did, indeed, get some great suggestions and I will continue to work on making videos. Accent? moi?

May 19, 2012 11:59 AM #22
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Hi Jill,

I am listening to your video introduction as I write this.

You are talking directly to me!

Cool

Phil

Jul 30, 2012 09:05 PM #23
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Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

Phil - I'm so happy to hear that. Thanks so much for the positive feedback.

Jul 30, 2012 09:37 PM #24
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It is so interesting to reread the comments after two years. First, it feels that there were not two years, it feels like today.

Second, I am still afraid, and this is a shame. The good part is that you are doing it, and I am still thinking about it.

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