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2nd Time’s a Charm!07 / 30 / 2016

Man – I wish there was a “Music Videos For Dummies” Book.. Not just a book on storyboarding, lighting, types of shots, etc.. But a book that says “Hey artist, this is what YOU need to take into consideration when you’re going to be on camera!”

Record labels with big budgets and years of experience coach their artists on this stuff. DIY artists like myself get to figure it out through trial and error! 😬 There are some things that you just don’t know about shooting a music video until you’re in the middle of the process. Or after the process is over and you see the finished product.

When I first saw the footage from my first video shoot in May, I panicked!

There were some issues with lighting… Some scenes that were hindered by the space I’d chosen… Some decorations that detracted from one of the scenes… Some outfits that were gorgeous, but conflicted with the feel of the song… And then there was that realization that stage acting is NOT the same as film acting… My facial expressions were over-exaggerated, and it looked kinda crazy…

Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t a total loss. There were some beautiful shots in there! The featured pole dancer, Yumiko, looked amazing. The featured belly dancer, Elana, was radiant. And the rooftop party scene had the perfect energy. But just about everything else needed to be redone.

So what do you do when you don’t have enough usable footage for a quality music video, but your budget is depleted and you feel like everybody’s waiting?

I’ll tell you what I didn’t do: settle for what I had for the sake of putting something out quickly! I don’t play those games anymore… I’ve invested so much into this project. I’m not releasing anything I don’t feel great about!

So instead, I took some time to regroup. I scouted out a new location. I saved up money to pay for said location. I’ve pulled in my actor friend, Chris, who has an MFA in theater and really understands technique for film acting. He taught me about being on camera: how to hold my head, where to look, what I’m supposed to be doing with my face, what I’m supposed to be doing with my body, getting over the nerves.. Apparently, this doesn’t just come naturally and it needs to be rehearsed… Ya learn something new every day…  He’s also helped me to get really clear on an updated vision for the video. I’ve met with the team to make sure everyone shares the same vision.
So tomorrow, we’re doing this again. Second time’s a charm…

I’m actually grateful for the do-over. I feel a lot more prepared this time around. I’m a lot more comfortable on the pole than I was two months ago. I also have an opportunity to throw in some aerial silks stuff too, which I’m really excited about. It’s going to be a fun shoot!

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