Um, holy sh*t. I can’t believe what just happened. This may not seem like a big deal to most people, but for me, this is HUGE. I’ve been blogging for about six years now and have absolutely loved every second of creating photo content. And, as is always the case with comfort zones, you develop a ‘style’ with angles, outfits, writing and editing. While I have no intentions of stopping with blogging or photography, I’ve been looking for a new challenge recently, and so I decided to dive headfirst into the exciting world of video.
I’ve never worked with video content before, so this is completely uncharted territory for me, and I’ll be the first person to admit I have no idea what I’m doing whatsoever. You’ll see when you watch it that I’ve had a pretty crazy week already, and I’ve been trying to teach myself how to edit a video at the same time, which has just added to the chaos. And, hello? Who knew finding music for videos would be such a challenge? Before this week, I thought I could just pop any old pop song in there and I’d be done – and then I was introduced to terms like ‘uncopyrighted’, ‘royalty-free’ and the like, and finding the perfect background music was one hell of a challenge.
I’m still too shy to actually speak in my videos, hence no chatty dialogue in selfie mode like most vloggers post, and no fun voiceoever either. I don’t think I’m completely ready for you to hear my half Indian / half Mancunian accent (and neither is the world, believe me!). For now, I’m just trying to focus on showing you parts of my life you wouldn’t normally get to see in pictures, and I’ve tried to keep it as stripped back and real as possible – so you get to see the most honest depiction of my life without actually being there.
I’ve been driving myself crazy watching other videos for inspiration and thinking mine is nowhere near good enough. I’ve sent it to friends and family for feedback a hundred times over. But I need to keep reminding myself that a lot of big vloggers have teams to help them with titles and cool graphics and editing and following them around shooting them. At this point, I am literally a one-woman show. I’ve still not even completely set up my channel yet (or have I? I have no idea! There is so much to do!) Its scary and I feel vulnerable, but like I keep telling myself, it is my first video – it doesn’t have to be the best – things get better over time and I won’t regret being brave.
Anyway, without much further ado, jump into the video to follow me around three cities – eating loads of unhealthy foods, running errands, watching me apply for my visa extension and coming along with me to my talk about Tinder and finding love on dating apps at The Swipe Hype in London. And, stopping for a little outfit shoot or two along the way, of course!
Overall, the process has been enjoyable and I’d do it again, but I need as much feedback as I can get. How should I improve? Would you like to see more videos like this? Was it too long / short? Were you bored? What woud you like to see more of? Help! ALL constructive criticism will be highly appreciated so don’t feel free to reach out. Just be nice, ok?
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