Swim When You're Ready - The Video Challenge

Real Estate Agent with Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 NRDS ID#641625055

Swim When You're Ready - The Video Challenge


Exactly 2 years ago, I attempted my first video profile and wrote about its challenges here:

Smile - You're on Candid Camera! Video Blogs

"Insecurities that we may have already addressed some 25 years ago and which we aren't anxious to revisit anytime soon may, suddenly, make a return appearance. Getting in front of a camera is a new experience for many and it requires a period of adjustment."

Support for my attempt was evident in the comments posted by the ActiveRain community. While response was, mainly, positive, there was no denying that my inaugural video was, most definitely, amateurish. It lacked action, diversity, multiple camera angles and, of course, brevity.

Just like orange is the new black, a 1-minute video replaces the 3-minute video of old. Our attention span is not what it used to be.

I was confident about my original video message - the moving process is familiar to me. Delivery, though, is, undeniably, of utmost importance. Here, a "radio voice" or extrovert really has the opportunity to shine.

When branding became available on YouTube, I tacked on an introduction. (Caution: Employing this new feature may mysteriously shorten your video to a handful of seconds.) Huh? 

After the old collge try, I avoided the limelight, for a bit, and began taping hyperlocal content.


About 6 months ago, I finally wrote the narrative for a video describing, in my opinion, the most difficult real estate transition. It had been on my mind a very long time to make one. The Seniors market is a passion of mine and I completely understand the complex emotions that come up in the course of a move.

With my earlier attempts at video production, I realized I felt more comfortable behind a camera than in front and, for this reason, I was looking for another platform to share my message. 

Our resident video specialist, Debb Janes, pointed me in the right direction with GoAnimate. Although, I had written the words, I wasn't aware of a site that I could use, with relative ease, and for commercial purposes. Naturally, the completed video will be placed anywhere it may possibly attract attention.

I'm ready to make a better quality product. My earlier tries have given me the foundation I need to know what video components are important; what should work and what probably won't.  

I feel like it took me forever to get here, but that's often the case when learning something new.



Posted by

No matter how you spend your day, come home to this



Long Island Real Estate Needs? 

Reach me @516.395.8376


Long Beach is a diverse community that is never short on entertainment. Interested in moving to Long Beach?

Don't hesitate to call me and we can begin our tour.



CHARLES RUTENBERG REALTY INC.  *****  516-575-7500  *****


Jill Sackler, NYS Real Estate Broker Associate based on Long Island's South Shore

Sunny Isles, Fl 



     Specializing in Lifecycle Real Estate Transitions

"When your family doesn't fit your family home, I can help."




©Jill Sackler 2010



This entry hasn't been re-blogged:

Re-Blogged By Re-Blogged At
Real Estate Sales and Marketing
New York Nassau County Merrick
Local Expert
Long Islander Agents
ActiveRain Challenges
YouTube Thursdays
video production
hyperlocal content
video challenge
swim when youre ready
video profile

Spam prevention
Show All Comments
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Kudos to you for taking the dive into the video pool.  Something I haven't even though about doing Jill.

May 27, 2014 07:30 PM #3
Maria Gilda Racelis
Home Buyers Realty, LLC-Manchester, Bolton. Vernon,Ellington - Manchester, CT
Home Ownership is w/in Reach. We Make it Happen!

Jill: The narration will still pose a challenge to me. As I have mentioned before when I first saw your video, you are a natural. And I love the accent. You are doing great. Keep it up.

May 27, 2014 08:58 PM #4
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

Kathy, if I can do it, anyone can - trust me.

Donna, you're working with the best!

Roger, You've got just the right personality to pull it off, though.

Maria, you're too kind. I am actually the furthest thing from a "natural."

May 27, 2014 10:32 PM #5
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Home and Condo Specialists

I look forward to your next journey Jill. A video introduction sounds like a great way for consumers to get to know you...

May 28, 2014 10:12 PM #6
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Good for you hot stuff. Wish you would have included this in YouTube Thursdays - I would have featured it...such a good example for folks to get on the bandwagon.

May 30, 2014 12:31 AM #7
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Oh, and thanks for the mention. xxoo

May 30, 2014 12:32 AM #8
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Jill - I can see how you have continued to grow.  I love what you have done and I also want to do more video.  I have bookmarked this because you gave me some great ideas.

May 30, 2014 01:08 AM #9
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

Wonderful entry Jill.  Thanks so much.  A good inspiration to us all!

May 30, 2014 03:02 AM #10
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good for you! Video is on the horizon for me, but not yet. I'll join you in the water once I'm ready.

May 30, 2014 04:37 AM #11
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

Sheila, here and there, I get inspired to try something new.

Debb, no problem and I moved the post over to your group.

Grant, glad to be of help. I'm sure you'll do great.

Carla, thanks so much. There sure have been some good ones lately.

Joe, When it feels right...

May 30, 2014 08:12 AM #12
Kwee Huset
Kwee Huset Realty - Venice, FL
Venice Florida Homes For Sale

Hi Jill, great videos to promote and introduce others to your local communities. I should spend more time on it.

May 30, 2014 12:45 PM #13
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Hi Jill, just like everything else, videos take practice, and every time you do one you learn something new.  I like videos but haven't used them too much because they take quite a bit of time to do.

May 30, 2014 05:55 PM #14
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Jill, Good for you. You present well on video and the public loves video. What a powerful combination.

Jun 01, 2014 10:38 PM #15
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Better late than never. Lol. Geez, it's been a whirlwind of busy around here. 


Jun 07, 2014 01:06 AM #16
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives


I wish I had your courage to dip into the Video Pool! You make it look so easy, but I'm afraid!

Love your video and your courage!

Jun 11, 2014 02:44 AM #17
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

JIll, you have done a great job and get the job done a s a Professional. You have motivated me.

Jun 12, 2014 11:09 PM #18
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices

Jill - I went back to your "old" post and reread some comments, interesting to revisit...

Seems like with every new thing the novelty phase is an attention grabber and then you have to struggle for attention.

And yes, if before you could afford long videos, and expect people to watch them in awe, now you count seconds, before they click the stop button.

There is a clear ease of making a video, and tough time to make it "stick". that was a rather long introduction to justification of stillnot doing it (LOL). I could say a "lazybone" but at what they call "mature" age yo want to look good :)

You do so much better than me and I am glad you do not look for excuses, and do it.


Jun 13, 2014 10:46 PM #19
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Jill:  I've done many videos for clients as a pro photographer, but have yet to self-advertise via the video media structure. I suppose that time is rapidly approaching. UM? Maybe I can get Sandy to step in front of my camera!

Jun 14, 2014 02:33 AM #20
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for sharing your video production experience. That is an area that I have not yet explored.

Have a most productive summer.

Jun 18, 2014 05:12 AM #21
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


well done . . . . your presentation stands out.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Jun 27, 2014 12:04 PM #22
Show All Comments

What's the reason you're reporting this blog entry?

Are you sure you want to report this blog entry as spam?


Jill Sackler

LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate
Long Island Living - Where Memories Are Made
Spam prevention