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  • Writer's pictureLorna | Dagger's Veil

Umm, speak up!

I've been wanting to make videos and post them to social media for a long time. I don't mean product videos with a nice soundtrack, I mean putting my face on camera.


*Shudder* or so I thought.


I started very small with doing a voiceover on a couple of pre Christmas videos and, when the world didn't end and I had a couple of very nice messages, I decided this would be the year I'd don my big girl pants, be brave and get in front of that camera.


What I didn't count on was the hilarity that followed during my maiden voyage. Over the course of an hour I recorded video after video about markets and fairs I had coming up in the next month or so. The trouble was when I played them back, I said Umm SO many times, it became distracting so I re-recorded and re-recorded, each video becoming steadily more forced than the last. Even editing it didn't help.



When I got to the point where I picked up the camera and started to rant, it was gold. For three minutes I managed to get out everything in a fairly normal human person manner and only said Umm about five times and two of those were intentional. It was great!


Then comes the paranoia of are people going to laugh at me for the wrong reasons? Are they going to judge me? What if I come across like an idiot? I took a deep breath and pressed publish. Again, the world didn't end. In fact, nothing happened. I'd forgotten to tag it properly on Tiktok, so only about 3 people saw it, but I shared it to Instagram and Facebook and thought to hell with it!


After about an hour, a really lovely lady that I've known for years just added a message that read "Oh, I bloody love you". She will never know what that did for my confidence. When I got a WhatsApp message from my hubby with a link to my own tiktok video, I knew it would all be okay.


I suppose the point of this weird and rambling post is, that not only did my world not end, but I actually really enjoyed doing it. I've already done another video with some of the loveliest feedback from people I used to work with saying they'd missed me - how lovely is that?


So here's the thing. If there is something you really want to do, GO FOR IT. It won't be as bad as you think it will, and you may just end up doing something that brightens not only your day, but the days of other people too.


And that huge obstacle you've put in your own way, covered in a million reasons why you shouldn't do the thing? Just blow that crap up. The thought and the obstacles are so much worse than the reality.


Just take a deep breath in and rip the doubts off like a band-aid; You'll be so glad you did.


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