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Videos & Acting: The "Dear Business Coach" Podcast with Elizabeth Walker

Do you know the secret to drawing people in with your videos?

Working the camera ... that's what Elizabeth Walker and I talked about in her most recent podcast, "Dear Business Coach." Not surprisingly, there's a difference between appearing on camera as an entrepreneur vs. as a film/TV actor. But you'd be surprised how much the two do have in common!

On camera skills work for a career in business, not just one in film and TV.

"Hey buddy, up here...."

How many women have thought that when they're talking to a guy who seems fixated on their chest? Way too many! Not only is staring at a woman's chest rude (and tells us all we need to know about the guy), it reinforces the fact that people truly communicate when we look into each other's eyes. News alert: they really are the windows to our soul, our awareness, what have you.

All this is to say that the old adage, "look 'em in the eye," means something. In person and on camera. The eyes are what the camera captures most and how we assess whether we believe what the other person is saying. Elizabeth and I talked about how video and film magnify the viewer's relationship to the person on screen, whether or not it's for business or entertainment.

What's it like working in the entertainment industry?

Ever wonder what it would be like as a professional actor? Or how to get started without getting scammed in the process. Sadly, there are a lot of unethical people out there who make comfortable livings out of selling dreams - with nothing to manifest them - to trusting folks. Especially to well-meaning parents who want to help their children begin a career as a professional actor.

Buyer beware! We talked about some of the red flags you need to look out for. How to handle expectations or demands for you (or your child) that will supposedly fulfill your dreams, but only cross the lines you have regarding nudity, strong language, or dangerous situations.

Avoid the scammers and learn to navigate the entertainment industry safely!

Laura's Quick Tips

  1. Video is #1 in popular, trending content.

  2. Want to connect with viewers? Look them in the eyes ... even if you're just seeing a camera lens.

  3. Curious about acting for film or TV? Have fun, learn the ropes, but know that it's also a business that requires some investment ... and a lot of common sense.

  4. Check out my funny short video series called MOMisms. They're proving very popular!

Elizabeth and I covered a lot of ground! She was particularly interested in what it's like being a film/TV actress and how I went from Corporate to Creative. Curious how you can do the same? Funny you should ask. I have an article about it right here.

Want help developing your on-camera confidence?

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I'm Laura Doman, a former tech industry sales executive, voice & TV/film actress, and video communications coach. I create memorable characters that tell my client's stories, from the friendly CEO touting new upgrades to your sassy best gal pal dispensing some necessary, real-world advice. And I can help you tell your story well, too! ...Let's Talk!


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