On-Camera Kickstart

You’re on the air! (Whether you like it or not.)

It’s absolutely astounding how video-centric our world is.

And it’s not just videos we’re watching…

…it’s videos we’re asked to appear in. Skype, FaceTime, Twitter, Facebook Live, YouTube, Zoom, your own productions…no matter what you do for a living, video is now a part of your life:

  • Maybe you’re a marketer, manager or business owner who needs to create online video content.
  • Or a salesperson making video presentations.
  • Or a teacher or coach with instructional videos you have to produce, or Skype sessions with your clients.
  • Or maybe you’re an actor, being asked, more and more often, to submit auditions from your home.
  • Or a voice over talent that knows adding on-camera work to your acting career can double or triple your opportunities.

(Maybe you’re already doing one or more of these things, and they, well, suck. And you don’t know what to do fix things.)

And you just. don’t. do it. You pass. You make excuses. You find other things to do. Because you can’t, don’t know how, or are scared to death to do video.

…you avoid doing video like the plague.

Well, it’s clear that if you keep avoiding these opportunities, you’ll fall further and further behind.

But…you can shine on-camera.

No kidding. I can help you.

I can show you exactly what to do.

  • What equipment to buy (it’s not a lot)
  • How to outfit your home studio
  • How to approach, prepare and deliver your online content
  • How to stand and use your body and voice
  • And even what to do with your eyes and your hands…

…I can show you how to shine on-camera.

If you want to be fearless, authoritative, and your true authentic self on-camera, then…let’s do that.

I’ve just put the finishing touches on my CameraReadyU On-Camera Kickstart program. It’s a 2-week online course, with 7 lessons emailed to you across a 10-day period.

And it includes membership in a super-helpful, private Facebook group, only open to On-Camera Kickstart members, where we’ll explore each lesson and help each other get skillz.

It’s designed to “kickstart” your on-camera work, and give you all the info you need to do your first video (or to make the videos you are already doing even better).

Oh…and if you’re deathly afraid of being on-camera – don’t worry. You don’t have to make any videos in this course. We’ll save that for later. So relax, and join us.

It’s easy to be part of this On-Camera Kickstart. And…it’s absolutely free.

Just sign up here, confirm your sign-up, and you’ll get your first lesson moments later (NOTE – if you don’t, check your spam trap or junk folder for the confirmation email):

Hope this helps.


PS…I’d love to know what you’re most interested in or worried about. What keeps you up at night about doing video? What burning questions do you have? Have you always wondered what the very best in the business do differently? Are you simply unable to create the presence you want on-camera? Tell me all about it in the comments below – I read them all, and respond where appropriate. Leave a comment and let me know what you want to discover, change, or fix.

13 Responses to On-Camera Kickstart

  1. Shelley Stephen June 12, 2017 at 5:20 am #

    I’ve gotten called in to do auditions locally and many have had the option to self-record. Not being as comfortable with on-camera acting, and being all thumbs with a normal camera, I shied away from the video option. Perhaps that is a mistake….

  2. Summer Jo Swaine June 13, 2017 at 7:25 am #

    I will likely suck as I am not landing very many voiceover gigs. But I love to learn and you are an awesome teacher. Thank you so much, David!

    • David Lawrence June 14, 2017 at 2:45 pm #

      Wow! You have my permission to stop beating yourself up. Like, right now. :-)

  3. Kami McBride June 14, 2017 at 8:49 am #

    I have started doing video, but I still have to work through a lot of resistance to get started every time. It seems to take way to much energy end momentum to get started every time. So I am just not making as many videos as I should be……

    • David Lawrence June 14, 2017 at 2:45 pm #

      I think the checklist will help – it’s not just for actors, it’s for everyone wanting to be efficient about doing on-camera work. Glad you’re here!

  4. Tracy Ralls June 15, 2017 at 7:45 am #

    Hi David,

    When self-submitting a video (often thru Casting Networks), should it be a quick read of a random script, my reel, or does it depend? I’ve been a VO and on-camera actor with mixed success, and looking forward to your lessons and information. Thank you for providing this!

    • David Lawrence June 15, 2017 at 10:29 am #

      The real answer is “It depends on the breakdown and what it asks for.” Part of knowing what to submit is to give the casting office EXACTLY what they want. The script and the breakdown will tell you that.

  5. Jo Nelsen June 15, 2017 at 9:50 pm #

    how to do lighting to look one’s best is something I’d like to learn.

    • David Lawrence June 15, 2017 at 9:56 pm #

      That will be in the module in CameraReadyU about your equipment. We’ll make it really simple.

  6. Joe Colantonio July 16, 2017 at 1:28 pm #

    Hi David, I just started running online conferences where I live stream video of myself and bring an expert guest in on zoom(automationguild.com & perfguild.com). I also have a podcast TestTalks https://testtalks.com). I really would like to work on my voice and onscreen presences but not as a voice over actor but instead as a solo video/podcast entrepreneur. Do you think for my situations that your classes could help me?

    • David Lawrence July 17, 2017 at 8:41 pm #

      This class is designed for you, actually. We use what actors know to make the on-camera lives of podcasters, marketers and business (non-“professional actors”) people spectacular. So, yes!

  7. FJ July 19, 2017 at 1:36 pm #

    In my first “draft” video, my upper lip was moving oddly as I spoke–almost like it was shy of the camera. I don’t think that I normally do that. My goal is to get enough information and practice so that I can be relaxed and be me.

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