Strutting, posing, twirling, hair tossing, event hosting, interviewing and laughing are all amongst the things I encounter each and every day when I attend an event or take my street style pictures. Then, boom! There they are, the watchers, the slow walkers, the snide comments, and the ever so sweet appreciators. Getting comfortable in front of the camera or talking to a multitude of people has not been an easy task, but I have learned to appreciate my confidence to the point where I enjoy being in front of the camera.
Here are some tips that helped me and hopefully can help you:
- Make yourself happy: Come to understand that no one puts you in the spotlight unless YOU want to execute or take something to the next level. Therefore, acknowledge the fact that you are doing this to make yourself happy and you do not need validation from anyone. If taking a picture in front of a historical monument with the peace sign makes you ecstatic, then do not second guess it!
- Go for it: I used to be intimidated by a multitude of people looking at me while I take pictures or speak, but now I can jump in circles in front of them if I wanted to. To ease the nerves, I start off strong and show my true personality. I will strut, pose, laugh and twirl my hair, until the nerves and the people suddenly disappear (metaphorically, because they are still watching).
- Enjoy the moment: When you start to forget that people are there, just soak in the moment and have fun with it and your team. Make sure that in that exact location is where you want to be and that you are surrounded by the people that elevate you to do better. If you feel comfortable, you make others comfortable. So, whether it is your boyfriend, friend, or family members taking your pictures or with you at an event, have them enjoy the moment as well.
Go out there and twirl their minds away!
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