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ArtistWorks Vocal School Lessons: Hints About Performing on Camera

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I've seen a lot of videos of people
performing songs, and
they're performing songs, you know,
basically just to the video camera,
be it a webcam or whatever, not live on
More often that not, I see a lack of
The person is kind of in their own little
world, and
they're sort of camera shy and whatnot.
And the reason why I'm getting into this
with you right now is that because
there's so many more opportunities to
audition and
do competitions via camera.
You know, record it, video it, and send
it, upload it to whatever the website is
that's having a competition or to one of
the more major shows such as The Voice or
American Idol, you know, and they'll take
these submissions.
It's important to know how to really bring
it to the camera.
Now ordinarily, a lot of movement is going
to be distracting,
and so while you shouldn't stand like a
Know that you wanna look comfortable, but
not a lot of excessive movement, because
on camera, two things.
If you're framed close, you start moving
your arms around,
they go out of the picture.
That looks kind of crazy.
But the other thing is that movement tends
to look at more exaggerated on camera,
so keep it to a minimum.
Remember that they're more looking for
[LAUGH], they're looking for hearing.
They're looking to hear your voice and
what you do with the song.
You know, you can sing a song with great
emotional impact and
actually not move a muscle, as long as you
are really in
the moment of the song and you're working
on channeling it to the listener.
When you're singing to a camera, recognize
that there is someone on the other end.
They may not be there right now, but at
some point in the future moments,
there will be someone to whom you are
Just make believe that they're there now
that you can see them right through that
camera lens.
And that's who you're performing for.
When you audition, either to a camera or
for real, live that means.
[LAUGH] Where you look is also important.
So if you're always looking above their
heads or to the side or down or
your eyes are closed, you won't be able to
create enough connection.
So, there are times in a song where, for
you're kind of thinking about something
within the context of the lyrics.
You know, and the lyrics are sort of a,
it's a more of a private moment and.
And then times where it's so much more
And you could say it to somebody and it
wouldn't make them feel embarrassed
because you're saying, why did you leave
Or maybe that would work.
You know, so you have to find it yourself.
Find your pace.
But where to put your eyes
is very much part of keeping the mood of
the song, or breaking it.
So if I was singing like this, Summertime
and the living is easy.
Fish are jumping and the cotton is high.
Oh your daddy's rich and your momma's good
I mean whoa.
So I'm adding a whole lot of looking
But, you know, I've seen people like seem
to be in the moment of the song, and then
there's a moment rest and they sort of
look around like, are you checking me out?
Do, you know, what do you think of me?
And there went the song.
So, once you start, just before you start
the song, start it in your mind.
Create the mood of it before you even open
your mouth.
And then when you begin it, look where the
song tells you to look.
Is it a direct communication, is it a
dream, whatever, you know.
If it's a big energy then it's gotta be
very direct, not wishy washy.
The final thing is your mic technique.
I've covered that very completely in it's
own section of this curriculum.
Mic technique is very important.
Many auditions in the beginning don't use
a microphone, but at a certain point,
if you pass through the initial rounds,
you will be using a microphone.
If you don't know how to really use it, it
will cut down on your vocal performance,
and make you look amateur as well.
So spend your, enough time, working with
the information in the lessons
that I've given you on my technique, and
you'll be a pro.