Overcoming the Fear of Video: Interview with Gigi Dubois

fear of video blogging After last’s month Creating Your First Product Interview, my inbox became a what’s what of video questions.

It was pretty obvious that a lot of people are struggle with everything from fear of being on camera to the technical stuff about how to pull off editing, lighting and not looking like a total dork.

Video is an amazing way to connect with your audience and bring the real you to your blog or just spice up your blog a bit. BUT it’s intimidating. Watching yourself talk, seeing all your funky facial expressions and mannerisms is enough to make anyone cringe.

What I didn’t anticipate with starting to do video, is that it’s pretty liberating. Like profoundly so. If you’ve been thinking about maybe one day starting to vlog, or putting out some video content today’s interview is just for you. I know I learned a ton!

Yesterday, post California earthquake, I got a change to talk with GiGi Dubois from GigiEatsCelebrities about all the nuts and bolts of making video a regular part of blogging.

Gigi is the host of her own webshow, Gigi Eats Celebrities, she’s co-host of Gossiper and Dude Food plus her YouTube channel has over 630,000 views. This girl knows a think or two about making video.

In this video, we cover everything from:

  • how to light yourself so you look awesome even without purchasing expensive light kits
  • what to do about makeup and hair if you just can’t get it right
  • how to edit (because no one is flawless on the first take)
  • Gigi’s technique for helping you get comfortable and more natural on camera
  • how to turn watching yourself from a chore into (almost) the most fun part of the whole experience
  • what camera she uses to record her webshow, vlogs and cooking show

Click here to watch on YouTube.

You can find Gigi on her blog at GigiEatsCelebrities.com, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Editing Software from the Video:

Final Cut Pro (MAC) & Final Cut Express (MAC – Available in the App Store)

Adobe Premiere Elements (Mac or PC)

Have you ever tried doing a vlog or video? Was it as hard as you thought it would be?

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    • Rita Barry says

      She’s a looker isn’t she? I’m so glad it was helpful, I learned a ton too! I can honestly say it’s not nearly as bad as it is in our heads. You can TOTALLY do it!

  1. says

    I LOVE doing video! Initially, I was nervous, but I realized that it was no different than standing in front of a group fitness class and teaching, educating and entertaining (in fact, it’s a bit easier, because I don’t have to do it all to the beat!).

    So many great tips from Gigi in this video. Thank you SO MUCH for the interview!

    • Rita Barry says

      LOL So true! Plus you can have a do over if you need to ;) That was my thinking too, presentations and work things have involved standing up in front of a lot of people over the years so how hard could video really be?

  2. says

    I’ve only been blogging for a few months now and have really been loving it but have always been so interested in wanting to vlog too. Thanks for this interview, it was really helpful!

    • Rita Barry says

      Isn’t it nice to know that even the folks that make it look easy now had to start at zero? I’ve watched a few “back episodes” of some bigger You Tube personalities and GiGi was sooo right!

      I hope her advice helps get those vlogs going :)

    • Rita Barry says

      I’m so glad this was helpful Debra, there’s so much to know but it sure makes it easier with getting a good grounding in the basics.

  3. says

    Fantastic interview! I luuuurves that you called GiGi, “effervescent”. Totally true and now gonna think of her every time I pop some AlkaSeltzer. BOOM!

    • Rita Barry says

      I thought that in my head after I said it :) We just did a science experiment at home the other day with it!