Monday, October 3, 2011

My first YouTube video!

My bestie, Miss C, called me up about a week ago and told me about a local contest. She’d heard a radio advertisement from a Seattle credit union trying to find their next representative Mom to blog, vlog, and speak at various events. And, the best part…the winner gets paid!

Since I am a blogger and I speak regularly in the community, I thought this position would be an amazing opportunity to expand my horizons doing something I enjoy. But, the problem was, I had never done a video of myself. Ever. I’ve taken hundreds of videos of my kids, but I’m the kind of person who loves to be behind the camera, not in front of it.

I’ve got some great experience speaking and performing for audiences both large and small, so I don’t know why it was so hard for me to take the video plunge. The first day I decided to get in front of the camera I took about 4 takes. Then I dove right in to learning the video editing software. I didn’t even know I had editing software on my PC, so I was happy to make that discovery! It was pretty user friendly so I quickly got up to speed and produced a working edit. I uploaded it to YouTube so that Miss C could see it and give me a critique. She called me back and gave me some constructive criticism. In a nutshell, it wasn’t good. She didn’t think it was horrible, but it had some definite areas for improvement. After I had my husband watch it later that night and give me his feedback, I decided to remove the video and go back to the drawing board.   

The next day I got back in front of the camera and took about a dozen takes. I know there are some awesome bloopers in there, but I’m too chicken to post any of them (yet). Anyway, I re-edited the video with the new footage. It went together a lot faster than the day before because I had learned quite a bit when I had tinkered around with my first video flop. The second video passed the friend and hubby quality control test without hesitation, so I posted it onto YouTube. Later that night I finished up my bio and blog entry and submitted my application and video.
And now I’m officially in the running to be the next Verity Mom! If When I make it to the next stage, I will be asking for your votes. So, be ready to help a girl out. It would help our family immensely if I were able to bring home a little bacon. And, frankly, it sounds really fun!   

Here’s my video. Also, please take a minute to hop over to read my blog entry. Thanks in advance for your support!

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