Thank you, RM for sharing your video footage with me. I appreciate that it was rough “point and shoot” footage, so I’ll focus on your primary concern, which was whether you would be an ideal front person for your video initiative.
After reviewing your footage, based on my first impressions, I think you ABSOLUTELY can and should be the spokesperson for your video productions.
Here is a list of my initial first impressions:
RM, you have everything going for you. You are fortunate to naturally have an engaging “presence” on-camera. This is actually quite rare, but you do have it. You communicate warmth and trustworthiness in your physicality, facial expressions, and voice. They all appear to be congruent with your message. These are important skills for on-camera work.
You don’t appear to have any nuances that could be a visual distraction (i.e. facial tics, facial tension, or speech issues). You have great teeth, which is important for on-camera work. Some people use such things to judge a person’s socio-economic status.
You have good profiles and balanced facial features, which is important because the camera can distort proportions.
You mentioned your eye anomaly. In my opinion, this is minor and is not something to be overly concerned about. My view is that your self-confidence overshadows this. I do not see any issues with your eye-contact with the camera lens. In fact, you are quite capable of holding a “natural” warm engaging eye-line with the lens.
If you were self-conscious or had low self-confidence, then I think the anomaly would draw more attention, but this is not the case for you. If it is something that you are concerned about, there are a couple of creative things we could try to “cheat” this but it’s not a major issue in my opinion.
I personally think it brings character to you. You have a ton of character already, and it just seems to make you more relatable and human. It is the opposite of the highly processed stock video image see sometimes see in business videos, and I think it makes you more compelling because of it.
Viewers will pay more attention to a heartfelt passionate delivery,
vs. a person with “fashion model” looks who is going through the motions,
delivering a flat presentation onscreen.
On Video, Passion is Key
Passion is something that you naturally convey. Viewers will pay more attention to a heartfelt passionate delivery, than to a person with “fashion model” looks who is delivering a flat presentation onscreen. I’ve seen this many times while auditioning models for video presenting roles. They quickly lose their “aura” the moment they say hello.
You demonstrate natural warmth and humor. With your mannerisms, nothing appears to be over-compensated or forced (a common pitfall with people trying to suppress their nervousness).
You also appear to have an accessible emotional range. This is good. Your delivery is not “one note” or one tone.
You don’t appear to have any major “blockages” and seem to be freely expressive (i.e. not stiff, awkward, flustered, stressed, tight etc).
RM, I hope my sincere comments encourage you to charge ahead with your video production!
When you are ready, let’s connect to discuss how I can assist you with the finer points of your video strategy, specifically the technical aspects of your performance and how to enhance the production value. Things like: how to use persuasive framing, powerful angles, backgrounds, styling and grooming, wardrobe, look and feel, on-camera movement, and how to maintain the viewer’s visual interest from beginning to end. I look forward to supporting you in your quest to be the “face” of your business and to help you achieve your business goals.
(To my readers, I hope RM’s situation has inspired some confidence in you, especially if you are still hiding your gifts away. I encourage you to move out of playing a Background role and step into the Lead that you are meant to be).
Remember if you have a burning question or you what me to cover a topic let me know. I’m always listening!
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