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.