The Life & Death of a In Person Web Show For Entrepreneurs

by jalanda on July 3, 2012

web show for women entrepreneurs

I shoot in an uber small space. But I have big dreams.

I’m the constant question asker, I thought why not turn that skill into a show. I was ready. I had a slew of guests ready to go. Shout out to Jen Shultz, she was the first person to sign up. (Thanks Girl). Thanks to Michelle Gill-Newton she was my actual first guest. Althea Cheng Fitzpatrick was my last guest.

So my checklist looked like this.

Separate Website
New Web Name
Set ?#$#%

I struggled for 2 weeks trying to build the perfect set. Fail. Fail. Fail.

I should have known I’d be doomed. I don’t even know how to dress myself much less decorate. But I tried because I believe you can make everything work.

Again, I’m shooting in such a small space that there ain’t many options. It’s like hide the bed, crop out the kitchen, and watch that column. Ugh. But it works for my About Me and Sales Videos. I’ve shot every single video in my tiny NYC space. Lesson: You don’t need alot of space to shoot all videos. Web show more space the better.

I created this video and asked around. (I only fixed the look NOT the sound on either video).

I love feedback but sometimes, I wish I could ask myself in a weird out of body kinda way.

See I’m very direct. I can’t be passive aggressive or as I call it nice-mean.

I’m either nice OR mean. No in-between. It’s why my videos are very clear.

So I asked others their opinions and they were nice in the beginning, which you should be. But when the real feedback part came they beat around the bush.

So I had to gather that they didn’t like it. I had to add all my own adjectives and try to figure out what exactly didn’t work.

So I gathered it looked cheesy, cheap, and not professional. But I did the best I could.

Back to the drawing board I went. I’ve heard when you don’t know what’s going on, go simple.

So simple I went.

But that didn’t go as well either. I got that it was better but felt it wasn’t quite it.

Ok. Got it.

So my web show dream is on hold until I get a studio or… (insert miracle).

Even Super Stars struggle with their sets. Marie Forleo just changed her set and I don’t think she will be sticking with that one;-)

Set design is hard. (photo by: Maroon Surreal)

So when you are thinking about setting up your in person web show, think about the set first. It will save you time and money.

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Rosa Conti August 9, 2012 at 8:41 pm

I love this video in this! SO funny … AND effective to your point. Thank you! ox


jalanda August 24, 2012 at 12:53 am

I know right. I think people should see how life really works. I can’t wait to get it together and come back and laugh at this post myself.


Ellen Thomas July 20, 2012 at 11:57 am

Jalanda: Love your sense of humor! Thanks for the reminder to think things through ALL the way before getting started…to avoid wasting time and money. Oh, and to delegate to a professional. Non-negotiable!
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Roz K Walker July 20, 2012 at 12:29 am

You are funny and effective – your point came through loud and clear. It’s all about the set! I haven’t done videos for about a year because we moved and I couldn’t find the right setting. Okay, so I probably shouldn’t have just given up, but it was so frustrating. But, we just moved again and now I have some better options, so I’m dusting off the video camera. 🙂
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Gay Edelman July 13, 2012 at 7:31 pm

I don’t know where to begin! I can’t stop thinking about the times I’ve gone on and on and on. Oh, wait. Set? I’m so clueless, I don’t know what to say. I’ll stay tuned to see how this goes. I have a stills photo shoot tomorrow and I’m totally freaked by that. Good for you that you dare experiment. I’m impressed.
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Debra July 11, 2012 at 4:07 pm

A web show is something I never ever considered for myself. But after watching your webisodes, I’m CERTAIN you should have one! Good luck finding your dream set. In the meantime, my living room is yours any time.
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Susan Newman July 8, 2012 at 2:01 pm

This post is fabulous and you’re charming and funny on camera as well. Love these test videos with you talking to you, how fun! I shoot some simple videos myself and the backdrop is usually the wood closet doors in my office, but agree that what you wear and the set is so important to the look of the presentation, and for it to look professional. Working with a videographer when possible is a must!
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Elsie Escobar July 3, 2012 at 8:32 pm

I SO HEAR YOU!!!!! oh my goodness gracious! I’ve been YEARNING to do more videos. I love doing videos actually, but my home is in no way set up for any kind of video set up anything 🙁 I’ve ran into exactly what you are going through. I haven’t found a solution either.

I have a bit of the opposite of what’s going on with you. I have a gigantic space (loft) high ceilings, old, cluttered, NO LIGHT and no empty walls. I can’t move up against a wall…baby and child stuff all over the place. I can’t leave any set up-up because of the clutter as well as the crawling baby and 3 cats *sigh*

I can’t tell you how frustrated I am.

I found a teeny bit of a solution with this video:
I ended up shooting myself in one place and having my ‘guest’ submit his own video at a different time. Of course, not optimal in any way, but at least it was better than my cave.

I’ll be keeping up with your story!
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jalanda July 3, 2012 at 11:29 pm

Also. Actually I’m just finishing up a course that will teach you how to fix this very dilemma. Emailing you know. J


jalanda July 3, 2012 at 11:33 pm

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Elsie Escobar July 4, 2012 at 12:01 am

I believe, I’m already signed up for your newsletter….? Signed up as soon as I found out about you 🙂 Thank you!
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