How to Master Your Nerves for an On-Camera Interview

Everyday we see clients come in to our office pumped and ready to smash out an on-camera interview. They walk into the studio chirpy and excited, completely psyched to get on screen and give it their best shot. However, the second they sit in the chair and that little red flight flickers on signaling that the camera is recording, their mind goes blank, their palms become sweaty, and when they open their mouth nothing comes out. Unfortunately this is an extremely common occurence for all individuals finding themselves in an on-camera situation.

Here are 5 tips we think will help you overcome this fear:

1. Hold a thought —

When speaking on camera, it’s easy to have wondering thoughts… you stress about the point you’re making now, and how it will relate to the next item on your list. There is so much happening in your brain that you feel jumbled and stressed to a point where you aren’t thinking clearly. The key here is to hold your thought. Having a clear point of view and understanding your intention will bring the right energy to your face and your eyes (which are key communicators and will be the first thing your viewers look at).

2. Don’t take yourself so seriously–

The instant you start thinking about how your hair looks, if you’re maintaining enough eye contact, if your posture is suitable for this particular shot… your mind will start to wonder and you will lose focus. Before stepping into the studio, loosen yourself up… think happy thoughts and tell yourself you’re going to rock it.

3. Preparation is KEY–

Learn your content before you get anywhere near a camera. Have a general idea of what you want to say before even stepping into a studio. Make a list of the key points you want to hit, the general message you want to convey, and the tone in which you want to convey it.

4. Don’t fight it–

If you mess up… so what? Chances are you’re not filming in front of a live audience so there is plenty of room for outtakes. If you feel a bunch of word vomit coming upon you.. just embrace it, laugh it off then start again.

5. Wear comfortable clothing–

Yes, it is important to look nice and presentable for camera.. however, this doesn’t mean wearing something so uncomfortable that you can’t focus on anything else. Look nice, but make sure you feel nice too.

Another point to make, remember to HAVE FUN. If you find yourself in front of camera for whatever reason… it probably means someone thinks you’re cool enough to show you off.