YouTube Thursdays - There's Always an Option B

Real Estate Broker/Owner with ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors

YouTube Thursdays -  First, getting over the difficult part. 



Most of us prefer not to look at our own faces on camera. Similar to hearing your own voice, we are simply not used to listening or looking at ourselves from an outward perspective. Understandably, it fosters a bit of self-consciousness. 


Bernie has decided he no longer wants to appear in our on camera stand-ups. It's not something he feels comfortable with and that's okay. Instead, we've come up with a plan to make sure he's still part of our videos, without the discomfort of being in the spotlight. 


He does admit though, the more you do it, the easier it gets. You eventually get over yourself.  However, if like Bernie, you simply choose not to do it, come up with another option. Get creative, but remember, you're trying to establish a connection and foster a relationship with potential clients.


Here is our detailed storyboard for the "on-camera" segments of our generic neighborhood videos. Note, if there's only one of you, and you choose not to appear on camera, look at Option B. 




Option A 


On camera - Debb with Finnegan - Dialog:  " Hi this is Debb with ViewHomes of Clark County, my husband, Bernie, and I have been selling real estate in Clark County since 2004. And, this is our buddy Finnegan."

On camera - Debb, Bernie and Finnegan in car, or walking to car, details still in the works.

Voiceover:   "Today, we're heading out to explore one of our favorite rural neighborhoods." 


Option B


On Camera - Instead of standing and looking into a lens, shoot some video of you getting into a car, driving away in a car, leaving your office, any action scene where you feel particularly comfortable. 

Voiceover - " I'm ____ with ______ in _______. (Short tag line about your services)  Today, I'm heading out to explore one of my favorite neighborhoods."


Midway! Due to the differences in our area neighborhoods, we'll likely customize this segment, rather than shooting a generic version. 


Option A 


On Camera - Another stand-up and action scene. Debb briefly on camera, and then Bernie, and Finnegan walking a trail, or? 

Dialog - "Residents here enjoy easy access to nearby walking trails. Bernie and Finnegan are enjoying it too." 

Voiceover - "Even non-dog owners appreciate the benefits of getting outdoors in nature."  


Option B 


Skip the On-Camera - Shoot an action scene of you. Again, something you are able to do and still feel comfortable.

Voiceover for Action - Short snippet describing the benefit. 




Option A -


On-camera - Debb in car, looking out the window.  Bernie and Finnegan in background.

Dialog - "Be sure to join us next time as we explore more great places to find ViewHomes in Clark County, Washington." 


Option B 

Skip on Camera - video of you driving away in car, or another action scene to symbolize the end of the tour. 

Voiceover - Join me next time for another tour of great neighborhoods in ______.  ( Customize voiceover for niche. )

Next week, weather permitting, we'll share our on-camera segments, and an Option B. 


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ViewHomes™ grew out of our passion for nature, beautiful surroundings, and peaceful environments. Starting together in an urban environment, over the years we've gravitated towards areas with smaller populations and less density. We now enjoy our lifestyle in a rural environment, but with close proximity to metropolitan areas where we appreciate all the amenities of fine restaurants, shopping, and an easy drive to an international airport.
Living in ViewHomes™ is like having “elbowroom for the soul”.





Comments (37)

Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Great options and having a plan, a story board with the sequence shots and transitions makes editing fast and easy. Sure beats just firing up the blinking red light and rush blush and stutter. Remember your video is no different than what we all do daily, for years. You and I show homes, give community tours... do that but on camera but "talking" on and off camera one on one focued on one person in the audience.

Don't think how many people are watching or trying to win an emmy. Just show and tell like you always do off camera. Get excited about the property. And "B" rolls of footage while you narrate takes away the fear factor and  anyone seeing you sweat. Practice makes perfect Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD and great post you put a lot of time into to help bring video into the AR member marketing tool box.

Feb 04, 2021 06:48 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

And sometimes, just sometimes, there is an option B and C and even D lol.

Feb 04, 2021 09:03 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573 always good to have options and to this level even more than we could ever think of at times.

Feb 04, 2021 09:04 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - Bernie you always look great on camera but there are many options and look forward to seeing option B

Feb 05, 2021 04:17 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Those are great ideas but I definitely enjoy watching videos much more than I enjoy making them, haha.

Feb 05, 2021 04:33 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

These are great ideas, and I love the planned out sequences. 

I don't like seeing or hearing myself on video either. But I figure that's what I look/sound like so I might as well just do it.


Feb 05, 2021 05:07 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD ,

As always you are thinking how to solve issue and find a way to make it work. Great ideas and thank you for sharing!

Feb 05, 2021 05:13 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Debb,
Options without my mug on camera is definitely appealing to me! I'm still trying to figure out how I am going to incorporate video into my new golf group and website.

Feb 05, 2021 09:44 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD

Carol Williams when you get closer. I'd be happy to brainstorm with you. 

Feb 05, 2021 01:27 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Hello Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD  - I am with Bernie ... and admit I have the uncomfortable part ... nailed!  

I am working on Option B to do a voice over on a market report ... we will see where that goes ... LOL.

Thank you for your inspiration and all that you share with us here in the Rain! 

Feb 05, 2021 11:01 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Kat Palmiotti  Exactly! 

Feb 05, 2021 01:28 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Carol Williams  I left you a reply under your comment. Remembered, it won't flag you there...

Feb 05, 2021 01:28 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573 so very true. I always appreciate your level and thoughtful approach, 

Feb 05, 2021 01:29 PM
Eva B. Liland Century 21 Doug Anderson
Century 21 Doug Anderson - Lancaster, CA
Glad to be of Service 661-714-1643

I have always felt who would look at whatever I'm presenting since I'm almost turning 65 in a few days. Your option B sounds like the solution! No more worries at looking "old", lol.

Feb 05, 2021 06:05 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Congratulations on your feature recognition.

Thank you very much for sharing your experience and your advice.

Feb 06, 2021 05:07 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Debb, I learn so much from you, Tuesday a friend and me are doing 3 videos.


Feb 06, 2021 10:39 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

You have really shared a lot of great ideas and now I must Ponder  which option I would feel more comfortable with Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD 

Feb 06, 2021 07:35 PM
Joe Jackson
Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty - Columbus, OH
Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert

This is a great post. And yes, we should always have options on the side. Thanks for sharing!

Feb 08, 2021 09:24 AM
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Thanks for sharing your thoughts and ideas.  I'm not comfortable being on video so these are some great ideas! 

Feb 16, 2021 06:52 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

As long as I can continue to recognize the person in the mirror in the morning I'm OK with my face

Feb 18, 2021 06:20 AM
Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Thank you for all the great tips for camera shy people like me. 

Feb 18, 2021 07:13 AM

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