“Rotate your phone?” my interview guest, the lovely EJ from Sisterhood of Style, said quizzically.
“I already have rotated my phone….oh are we live?” I exclaimed breathlessly.
“I think we’re live” said EJ.
This was the first in a series I was doing chatting to various experts about all things video. This interview – chatting with a stylist about what to wear when filming yourself – was going SO WELL. I was totally pumped and enjoying every second.
Until the comment came in.
EJ leaned forward, craned her neck to the side and read out loud “It might be better if you turned your phone portrait cause your video is sideways”.
GULP. I felt a massive wave of embarrassment engulf me from head to toe…here I am, the video expert, stuffing up my first Facebook live!! Could the ground open up and swallow me now?!!
Then suddenly I pulled myself together. Come on Sokolich, you’ve never been afraid of failure. I’d just made the biggest mistake you can on a Facebook Live and you know what….I hadn’t died! It was fine! LIVE TV BABY!!!
I cracked up laughing, turned the camera around, and like the nerd I am instantly thought this is a great teachable moment to use in my workshops. Cause you know, we’re all human, video may be nerve-wracking but what’s the worst that can happen? And then when it does….? It’s ok!
I really am proud of the interview, and if you’ve ever wondered just what should you wear when filming yourself or having a brand movie made then it’s a MUST WATCH.
You can check it out here. And if you want to have a belly laugh at my expense (it’s ok, I know you’re laughing with me) go straight to 12.58…although it’s pretty funny at the very beginning when we didn’t realise we were live too.
I really hope it gives you more confidence to put yourself out there with video.
And the moral of the story is, be careful that your phone doesn’t get its orientation mixed up. So when I’d practiced beforehand it was working fine, but when I put my phone on the tripod it thought it was portrait when in fact it was landscape.
The warning signs were there…you know the graphic on the screen that said ‘rotate your phone’. But hey, I’ve taken that one for the team so you don’t have to. If this happens to you just turn your phone from portrait to landscape and back a few times in a row, it will eventually work it out!
And you can catch the interview series every second Friday at midday, live on my Facebook page.
Hope to see you there!