Video Blogs have an appealing effect on the people who see you and who sympathize with your content. Video blogs are a societal phenomena, and here to stay. A recent study from Cisco reported that by 2015, 90% of the internet will be video! That’s a pretty daunting figure to think about and it’s your job to get ahead of the curve and start getting used to vlogging now. If you don’t, you’ll be left high and dry wondering how you were passed up for jobs by other persistent and determined vloggers.
If this freaks you out a little, don’t worry it’s a common feeling. But the reality is you must start doing some sort of video every day to show producers, casting directors and the world at large that you’re confident in who you are, and you’re not afraid to show it.
So let’s tackle the often asked question, “What should be the content of a video blog?”
Basically, anything and everything you can think of; a mixture of your humor, everyday life, struggles, successes and life’s simple pleasures. You could feature anything – your favorite food, a favorite show you want to talk about, vices, poor sleeping habits, workouts, diet-ANYTHING. The cool thing is it doesn’t have to be Hollywood produced; it just has to be the REAL you.
So here’s how can you start your own video blog. Get a video camera or a mobile phone. (I personally use the Kodak Play Touch Video Camera, it’s one of the best on the market today that is specifically built to do high quality HD web videos and you can take it with you wherever you are. It also allows you to edit the material on the fly.)
Point the lens at something you think would be interesting and would catch your viewer’s attention like your face or a workout you’re doing. Record! It doesn’t have to be great, just enough to hold attention.
When is the right time to start? NOW! Go assemble the right equipment and make a go for it. Record it whenever you want because anytime is the best time. Just make sure viewers end up understanding what you’ve recorded.
Below are 3 key steps for video blog production.
What do you want your video blogs to look like? Think of filming:
All films have a beginning, middle and ending. What point do you want to make? What is your demonstration? If you have no idea on how a video blog really looks, YouTube has many, many examples. Here’s a pretty good one I found by host Misty Kingma that you can take a lesson from.
With practice, you’ll develop your own style. Whether recording a workout or just talking to your fans, remember, you ultimately want to hold your audience’s attention. There is never a limit on creativity.
Design and Content
After loading your content into your computer, and maybe even doing some editing, you can create your own you tube channel if you don’t already have one and start posting! Keep in mind, you tube doesn’t allow videos over 15 min long or 2MB, so do your best to plan out your blog and avoid any rambling.
Voila! You’re very own video blog. At last, a tiny space amongst millions! Spielberg will never know you just whooped his butt!