Video is the most effective prospecting tool that will give your sales strategy a face lift and change the way you communicate. Seventy two percent of consumers would rather learn about a product or service from a video rather than text, but still, some businesses are hesitant to jump on board. Why? The number one reason people delay using video is because they’re too afraid.
That’s right – most people don’t want to get in front of the camera! While we’ve got tons of tips to overcome your fear of the camera, you should know that you’re not alone.
Even some of the pros weren’t born as naturals. At some point, these celebrities have all experienced a level of anxiousness while performing, and for some, it still occurs to this day.
A live performance or a newly released film has the potential to be viewed by thousands. Therefore, if these celebs are able to overcome their fears for a mass crowd, we encourage you to get in front of the camera and connect with your audience on a new level. Let’s learn from the best!
Reese Witherspoon opts out of watching her own movies. The reason why? She wants to avoid what would turn into a “spiral of self-hate.” We’re so quick to criticize ourselves, but in most cases, we pick up on things that others don’t even notice! When recording videos, it’s easy to narrow in on your imperfections, but remind yourself that’s what makes you human.
In a career spanning nearly six decades, Barbara Streisand has been recognized for both her acting and singing and is the recipient of 10 Grammy Awards and two Academy Awards. But, did you know that Streisand forgot the lyrics to a song mid concert, and as a result, took a 27 year hiatus from the stage out of extreme fear? And ever since 1976, she uses a teleprompter for every single word she speaks onstage. Even today, Streisand still gets timid on stage, but it did not set her back from achieving success.
Beyonce, also known as Sasha Fierce, created this alter ego to mask her shy personality and overcome her fear of performing on stage. She felt that creating the Sasha Fierce identity gave her the courage she needed to put on her best show and go beyond her comfort zone. With time and practice, she was able to retire the alter ego and feel confident in herself. Bring out your version of Sasha Fierce and don’t be afraid to add some personality to your videos!
Nicole Kidman used to believe she wasn’t worthy of the acting positions that she was offered. Can you believe it? And even after 30 years of experience, Kidman admitted, “Every time I star in a film, I think I cannot act. I’ve tried to pull out of almost every one I’ve done because of sheer terror.” Kidman has starred in over 67 films and television shows, and if you’ve seen her work, you know she’s a natural.
One of the greatest actresses of all time has no problem getting in front of the camera, but she experiences extreme stage fright when having to speak to a crowd. “Give me a character and I am perfectly fine,” she says. “When I have to be me, then I am 13 and my lip starts to wiggle.” This aligns with Streep’s key advice to being an actor, “We imagine it and then it happens.”
Just do it – get in front of the camera, give yourself a few practice rounds, and be yourself. The opportunities are waiting for you, but you won’t know until you try.
You never know, maybe you’ll unveil a new strength and be hitting the red carpet in the matter of time! If not, hopefully exceeding your sales goal will make you feel like a star.