Let’s get totally real. Sometimes, being on camera can be a very real challenge. I still remember the first major video I ever filmed for morgantyner.com. In fact, you can still watch my first video where I was so uncomfortable being on camera. I keep it on my channel as a reminder of how far I’ve actually come in regards to being more confident on camera as an influencer.
Did you know it’s possible that “Photographs really cause us to focus on the gap between the true self and the idealized self. It makes us overly self-conscious. And self-consciousness is a bummer”, according to the Los Angeles Times, by USC professor T. Shelley Duval of the Psychology and Human Behavior Department. The Los Angeles Times even titled this very real struggle (for being confident on camera) “photophobia”.
We are certainly creatures of habit. When you are planning a video or photo-shoot, it’s extremely important to have a clear vision for the (specific) concept you are wanting to share. While beautiful photography and putting forth your best, highest-quality effort matters, it’s actually your story that truly flourishes your content creating. Your story is what makes you STAND OUT. It’s about what you have to SAY to your audience.
Yes, it’s about you. After all, this is your business. But, we are in a service-based industry as influencers. In my opinion, we’re here to fully listen to, joyfully serve, and truly love our audience as influencers. So, plan out your vision for your upcoming video or photo-shoot. Incredibly, when you are in full alignment with your vision and purpose, your confidence on camera will flow naturally as an influencer.
(Go read my Instagram post where I use this photo to convey an important message about Confidence, Spreading Love, & Living in Your Purpose)
The BEST way to get more comfortable being on camera is by showing up and PRACTICING. In doing so, you more fully tap into your personality, ease, and style. Don’t wait until an actual photo-shoot video-shoot comes up before you actively PRACTICE being on camera (and get used to ALL the on-camera vibes). There are definitely videos I’ve filmed (and photos I’ve taken) that I haven’t shared. But, practicing has definitely made me more confident on camera as an influencer.
I know this recommendation might seem rather odd. But, has anyone ever said to you, “Okay, now let’s do a laughing and goofy photo!” My thoughts on this used to be, “But HOW? Why? I feel so awkward! Geez, this is awkward.” But, then I began to realize the more “forced” the laughing and goofiness is, the more it began actually become genuine laughter and goofiness. And, the same goes for my more serious-styled content creating.
Pro tip: If you’re thinking about something funny, while you’re trying to take serious content, here are some tips. First: Take a breath and take a break. Then, immerse yourself into your vision and intended messaging. Ask yourself, what’s the origin and creative roots behind this particular photo-shoot or video? Once you’re truly living IN that message you’ll be surprised how quickly your face, mood, and vibes, begin to reflect it. John Luke has even had to snap me back into reality, because I’d gotten so genuinely and authentically immersed into my true vision
It’s no surprise that if we feel better (both mentally and physically) then we preform better. I can assure you, both are needed to be confident on camera as an influencer. One way I take care of myself (physically and mentally) is through regular hot yoga. The intensive practice allows me to meditate, relax my mind, strengthen plus sculpt my body, and bring added confidence to my capabilities. I am able to celebrate the incredible strength and growth-abilities God has blessed me with. Honestly, a deep sense of confidence comes from quality of smile. And, oh do I love my coffee and red wine. I wouldn’t say my teeth are ridiculously stained or anything. But, let’s be real, they could definitely improve.
Recently, the brand Smile Brilliant reached out to me. I’ll admit, I was definitely skeptical at first. To me, it was just another teeth-whitening brand out there claiming to have unstoppable results. But, the more I talked with their PR rep, the more I genuinely recognized and appreciated the total transparency (and authenticity) of Smile Brilliant. They don’t have to spout out a bunch of “salesy” pitches. Truly, the results 100% speak for themselves. I’ve been trying my teeth-whitening trays & gel, regularly, for the past two weeks. So, compare my teeth before and after photos, below.
Smile Brilliant walks through your entire at-home teeth-whitening process with you. This kind and genuine brand certainly doesn’t leave you on your own. And, they are highly accommodating and extremely easy to get in touch with. I’ve never used an at-home teeth whitening kit before, so I was definitely nervous to try it out. But, the Smile Brilliant trays & whitening gel are not at all intimidating.
First, you will create your very own custom-fitted trays to use again, again, and again. On the (massive) plus side, Smile Brilliant equips me with some desensitizing gel to utilize after each teeth-whitening session, should I choose to do so. And this desensitizing gel works wonders on your teeth.
I found it (personally) easiest to do my teeth-whitening in the evening before bed. I whiten while I get ready for the next day, while I send encouraging DM’s to my audience, and while I write my blog posts.
For a limited time only, YOU can enter my giveaway with Smile Brilliant to win your very OWN at-home teeth-whitening kit! It’s so easy and quick to enter. And, remember, it’s only open for a limited time. If you don’t necessarily want to utilize the teeth-whitening kit, then you can share your discount code with a friend who will love it! This at-home teeth-whitening kit is an excellent gift-giving idea.
The use of Smile Brilliant has totally enhanced my own smile. It’s absolutely made me more confident on camera as an influencer. I know it can do the same for you, too. There are a lot of myths in regards to teeth-whitening, when it comes to teeth-whitening strategies. Three of these (very common) at-home teeth-whitening myths are as follows:
(The Truth: Studies have shown that lab direct teeth-whitening (such as Smile Brilliant) are actually very safe AND effective with very minimal side-effects. Teeth sensitivity you might experience (which is caused from tooth dehydration, NOT enamel damage) and any gum irritation disappears upon the discontinuation or lessening the use of your Hi-Intensity Whitening Gel. It’s so hassle-free and definitely NOT scary.)
(The Truth: How many years of stains do you have on your teeth? How many coffees have you drank? I LOVE MY COFFEE. How much wine have you drank? Even just eating food will stain. Those numbers definitely add up over time. You may not get instant results after only a handful of teeth-whitening treatments. Guess what? While some people see results within 4-7 days, other people may need 10-14 days of teeth-whitening treatment with Smile Brilliant BEFORE seeing major results. Remember, No one’s teeth and or stains are exactly the same. Be very patient with your teeth whitening.
(The Truth: Whitening strips actually use a very different whitening method than trays and gel. The bleaching method actually strips your teeth of enamel to get the teeth-whitening job done. This is very harsh on your teeth over-time and pretty painful, as well. Smile Brilliant (on the other hand) uses a much safer (and far more realistic) at-home teeth stain-removal only method that’s much more effective to truly whiten your teeth.
001. Develop a consistent system.
002. Practice ALONE on your own time.
003. Fake it ’till you make it.
004. Take care of your physique.
005. Smile Brilliant is an incredible, effective, quality at-home teeth-whitening kit. You can enter to win your very own teeth-whitening kit by entering my giveaway, here. Don’t miss this limited-time opportunity.
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