What I Learned About Recording My Own Homepage Video.

by jalanda on April 3, 2012

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Ok. You know how the Hair Dresser’s hair is like the worst kept in the salon? That’s how I felt. I’m always telling people they need a Homepage video, but I didn’t have one myself.

So I decided to record my own video. Yea me. Wrong!

The 1st time I recorded it, I learned why you shouldn’t record by yourself when wearing an unruly wig. Seriously, check out my hair above.

So after all that work, I had to re-record it all over again. Only this time, instead of flowing naturally, I tried to recreate my prior masterpiece sans the unruly wig.

Here’s Where I Went Wrong

Strike One. I don’t usually pick the song out prior to recording. But because this was a redo, I had the song in my head. If you watch any of my prior videos, you’ll see I’m partial (obsessed) with the slower paced music. I usually like to edit the video and then try to pick up on the rhythm of the final story. So the song choice is my last step. Yet for this video it was the first.

Strike Two. I recorded very late at night. For some reason, my recordings always happen at 4 am. I’m too exhausted and apparently waaay mellow.

Strike Three. I discovered that when I speak, I furrow my forehead. Badly. So I figured out an instant, no surgery solution to my furrowed forehead: Move my face as little as possible. If you look at the video I did a pretty good job.

Unfortunately, I failed to modify my voice.

So the final video looks like I’m trying to hypnotize people into a trance. Soothing Voice. Motionless Face. “Do A Video With Me”. It cracks me up everytime I watch it. It’s soo funny how mellow I am. It’s so not me.

So I’m re-recording my home video this week. It’s waay more upbeat and really translates how fun I am. But I did learn to not record when I’m tired and don’t try to match the mood of the music. Just be and let it come naturally.

That’s why I love video. It’s so affordable and easy to do these days. You can evaluate and redo things you may have not paid attention to before.

So what things have you tried and had to redo again? Please comment below.

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Norma Maxwell August 20, 2012 at 8:52 pm

So I am sending out a few emails tonight to women I think would be an ideal client/contact for us and I come across you…email already sent, but I haven’t left. Why? Because you are the Bomb. Yup. I love your videos, down-to-earth realness, and sense of humor! The *second* I am ready for video, guess what? I’m calling YOU. In the meantime, when one of my clients needs a video, they are going to hear about you! Thanks for being awesome, Jalanda! Cheers ~Norma
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jalanda August 24, 2012 at 12:55 am

Thank you so much Norma Maxwell. That’s an awesome comment. I’ve always wanted someone to say I’m the Bomb. Don’t you just love the universe. Thanks for reading.


Ruschelle May 21, 2012 at 9:26 am

Morning Jalanda. I spent 2 hours on a 3 minute video yesterday! I love your tips and videos. Thanks so much:)


jalanda May 21, 2012 at 11:49 am

Right! It’s it exhausting. Whew! What’s worst is the makeup, finding the right clothing, filming it, and then having to edit the whole thing. It’s alot. I glad it helped. I’d like to say it gets easier. But it doesn’t. The editing may go faster but the process remains the same.


jalanda April 4, 2012 at 2:12 am

Thanks Tanzie for your comment. I love before and after everything. I wish I had someone else present when I record.

I just had a session where I kept saying to the client more energy. Pep it up! All things I wish someone said to me.


Tanzie April 4, 2012 at 12:35 am

This before and after is so helpful. It totally makes clear why you need a another set of eyes and professional advice on what looks right because there is just too much to focus on if you’re trying to do this alone…hair, makeup, lighting, speech, crazy facial movements etc. Thanks for posting the good and the bad!


Carolyn April 3, 2012 at 11:36 pm

I love this post, Jalanda!

Rather than try to be Miss Fancy Pants I Know It All, you are so honest and willing to share what works & doesn’t work. You have a great eye for detail and really shine when you’re on (and not filming at midnight… which I’m also prone to do).

Thanks for sharing.


jalanda April 4, 2012 at 12:12 am

Thanks Carolyn. I love sharing. I always learn best when actual things are shared instead of the theory of “how things should be done”. No more late night filming. Good luck to you.


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