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What to Eat & Drink - and NOT - Before Going On Camera

Burp on camera? Not the best way to leave a good impression in your video.

Here's a major on camera prep tip: be careful what food & drink you enjoy. Some things are best avoided until AFTER the work is done.

Why? Well, there's no better reminder that you're MORE than a talking head on camera then when the rest of your body pops in to remind you. Usually by rudely interrupting the conversation.

Stomach rumbles.

Unwanted but highly audible bodily emissions.

Burping, belching, and other side effects best left to amuse young children. Usually of the male persuasion.

It's bad enough when you're working alone. But working alongside other people...? Ugh. Let's not even go there.

Prep yourself before you step a foot towards that camera. Know the Do's and Don'ts of food and beverage choices. It'll save you a lot of heartache ... and heartburn.

Go figure. 9 out of 10 viewers want good, clear sound. That last one? Probably one of your competitors.


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Laura's Quick Tips

  1. Careful! Sometimes your body has a mind of its own. And it may be up to no good.

  2. Water is your best friend. Really.

  3. Food that sticks to the roof of your mouth can make it difficult to speak clearly. Should be obvious, but sadly, not everyone realizes that this could be a major hindrance to sounding great in a video.

Oh, there is one more thing to keep in mind. If you're going to eat right before you step in front of the camera ... check your smile. It's best if you can brush after eating, but if nothing else, make sure that nothing is sticking in your teeth. It's not the best look, especially if someone is watching your video full screen. Just sayin'.

Yes, this blog is chockfull of helpful hints! Want more? No problem. Check out On Camera Tips for Success.

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I'm Laura Doman, a former tech industry sales executive, hands-on mom, voice & TV/film actress, and improv performer. 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...Let's Talk!


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