Making OK Videos: How I’m Using Mediocre To Get To Great

So for the past month, I’ve been making a weekly video.

Last week, I had to send my laptop in for repairs… and guess who thought they copied the movie they made ahead of time onto their other computer but didn’t? I had to make a whole other movie… and edit it. In about an hour to stay on my Thursday self imposed deadline.

I’ve gotten mostly supportive comments, which I appreciate. But I know that I need a wireless mic, a better background and lighting, and lots of other stuff. I don’t have any illusions that I’m fantastic.

Here is my inspiration for my videos, something I read almost six months ago but found as this cool animation:

Ira Glass on Storytelling from David Shiyang Liu on Vimeo.

So the point? I know I am only going to get better if I keep producing. And while I trust my taste, I can’t quite execute what I want.

In an attempt to make myself feel better, I went and found Marie Forleo‘s first video. She’s a business person I admire a lot:

Marie Forleo’s First Video:

And for comparison, here is her three years later (with a studio and a production team):

Marie Forleo’s Latest Video:

Will I ever be that amazing? Maybe not. But I’m only going to get better after I produce a volume of work.

To those of you who haven’t seen my Youtube channel yet:

And to those of you thinking about being creative and holding yourself back because it’s not perfect, I hope you see me making my cheesy videos and understand that a year from now, when you’re watching my pretty good videos from the same spot, you might have wished you took action now too.

Nicole Ouellette
Nicole runs Breaking Even Communications, an internet marketing company in Bar Harbor Maine. When she's not online, she enjoys walking her short dog, cooking with bacon, and trying to be outdoorsy in Acadia National Park.

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