What shooting a 1 minute video has taught me

On Monday, I went with Terry to the Buffalo Bayou Park to film a promotional video for the VEL Institute’s Personal Development Course. 

This was my first time filming so as is typical for just about everyone doing something new, I was very uncomfortable. So much so that I sent Terry a confirmation text the day prior hoping that something came up for him and we can reschedule 🤦‍♂️

I think my biggest concern going in was talking to a camera. As an introvert I feel very comfortable talking to people individually, but to a cell phone with all the stimulus overload that comes with being in a major city’s park? No, not so much … 

But then we do our first take. Terry does a quick intro and hands it over to me. I start talking. To my surprise, I didn’t freeze, made sense … and most important I felt connected.

We did some more takes and with each one I actually grew in my appreciation of the filming art. Having the right lighting, keeping my head in the frame, and speaking with the right volume, all the while trying not to melt in Houston heat. Mind you, I know that some of it still was like an elephant in a China store, but that didn’t matter. What mattered is something that I feared became something that I started to enjoy. 

I think what I learned the most from this is don’t let your assumptions get in the way of executing on something you believe in. For example, I don’t think I would enjoy making a video about some corporate initiative that is meaningless to me. 

I think my love for personal development shone through and transformed what was uncomfortable into something that became comfortable when done for a higher purpose.

What makes you uncomfortable? What would happen if you did it in support of something you love?

P.S. Here’s the link to the video -> LINK

 


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