How To Prepare For An On Camera Session

I just revamped my website and decided to add a Blog- I know I know, a little late to the party but better late than never I suppose.

By the way, based on ‘The Google’ as Sebastian Maniscalco calls it, ‘the very first blog ( can be traced to the year 1994, and it was created by Justin Hall, a US freelance journalist. During this time, he was a student at Swarthmore University and the content he created was not referred to as a blog. It was just listed as a personal homepage.’

But I digress…

So here I am scratching my head trying to come up with a topic and finally I decided to write about something that relates back to my days in front of the camera.

Let’s title this blog entry: HOW TO PREPARE FOR AN ON CAMERA SESSION

For many years, I hosted various TV shows and interviewed hundreds of celebrities. It was a wild ride to say the least and one that taught me some valuable lessons. As I transitioned to a behind the scenes role as a Director / Producer, I was able to utilize that experience in a way that has been beneficial for my clients.

I believe what makes a person interesting, compelling and authentic on camera is when they are themselves. Seems simple enough but how do you do that and remain natural in such an unnatural situation?

We’ve all seen those news reports where somebody is being interviewed and you can just tell that they are using words they wouldn’t normally use and they look like a deer caught in headlights.

I get it. If you haven’t done it before, it could be a really stressful thing. Just ask Rickey Bobby:

How to Prepare

At THATGUY Media Group, we produce a lot of Bio videos for a wide variety of clients. Every project is different, but I try to approach each video as if we were filming a documentary. Having said that, forget trying to memorize your message and just speak from the heart.

Sometimes, I have clients who will want to know what questions I am planning on asking them but as much as possible I try to avoid giving them that information because there is the fear of losing that spontaneity and ‘real-ness’ which I believe is essential.

You know who you are, what you do and why you do it. It’s your story and it’s my job to ask the right questions to get the best out of you so relax, be yourself and let’s have fun with it.

Having said that, sometimes it may be necessary to deliver a carefully crafted message- that’s when a script and teleprompter comes in handy (and we can help you with that as well)…but if the goal is to get personable and candid insight, an improvised approach is the way to go.

What to Wear (And Not Wear)

Number one, make sure you’re comfortable.

Secondly, choose an outfit that represents you and showcases you the way you want to be perceived by whoever is watching your video.

Once that’s all figured out, there are some definite things you should avoid if possible.

Very fine patterns such as pinstripes, polka dots, and plaid sometimes confuses the camera. When in doubt, go for solid colours (other than all white)- this is usually the safest choice.

That’s a Wrap!

One of the greatest compliments that I enjoy receiving from clients is that the process wasn’t as stressful as they were expecting and that my crew and I made it easy for them.

We’re here for you. We will guide you every step of the way because when you look good, we look good.

So…are you ready for your close up?