YouTube and TOTAL AWKWARDNESS
Some of you may know that late last year I began a YouTube channel, Go Art Yourself, which I describe as an artistic endeavor separate from Nicole Hanna Jewelry, but with a heavy focus on wire work, in general. And my inaugural video was a no-nonsense time-lapse of some wire work, mostly in an attempt to learn how to film and edit film for YouTube. It was a... uh... learning experience.
Anyway, I followed it up with a quick how-to easy painting video, and then... well.. nothing. And I have no excuse aside from unabashed laziness and a fear of the camera. But, I've been asking members of my Facebook group, Wire Wrap Tips & Tutorials (which I'll talk more about below), for video suggestions, making notes and itemizing those suggestions on a perfectly organized check-list, to which I likely wont adhere at all. Sigh. And finally, despite myself, managed to finish a few videos in a Quick Tips series I intend to continue (based on those suggestions), while working on a pendant featuring a lovely bead by Darcy York. And you know, I thought I did pretty good.
Until I watched it.
For real, I'm seriously awkward, people. Talking to a camera, to an empty room, filled me with some mild psychosis by the time the evening closed on me, and I wrapped up the recording. I think I continued to talk to myself for the hour following filming, remarking on how painfully gawky the experience became. Though I tried my hardest to avoid "uh" and "um" every ten seconds, I did manage to pause uncomfortably and repeat myself into neurosis. But I didn't practice, because I thought that if I stopped to practice I'd only be giving myself another excuse to postpone the final video. And that's a totally viable excuse on my list of excuses that I will likely use at some point in the future.
But, I posted three videos, which aren't intended to be detailed tutorials or a studied look at wire weaving. Just three sneak peeks into my methodology, touching on some questions and suggestions posed by group members. There will be many more to follow, with a (hopefully) less ungainly air. You can watch those videos at my YouTube channel, or by checking the Tutorials tab in the menu here on Nicole Hanna Jewelry.
And if you'd like to offer suggestions of your own, you can leave a comment here, on the videos or by joining the Facebook group mentioned above. Wire Wrap Tips & Tutorials is open to customers and students who have previously purchased PDF lessons (this is non-inclusive of the free treasure hunts or standard free tutorials offered) either directly from nicolehannajewelry.com, or other approved venue, and membership may be contingent upon proof of purchase. Some venues do not provide me with customer information, and some customers purchase via accounts or names not linked to their Facebook presence, which makes it difficult to verify purchase. Usually sending me a quick IM with some proof of purchase will expedite membership approval. And I try to post discounts or deals, tutorials or contests exclusive to group members, and everyone is encouraged to share their work, offer critical comments or simply acknowledge great creativity when we happen upon it. So far it's building into a wonderful community!
So, all things considered, I managed to get some things done this week! I have some great new tutorials coming in April, a fantastic online retreat on the calendar for 2016, for which I'll be releasing more information later this year, a local class at Beads to Live By, in September, and I'm not even procrastinating, which is like total crazy talk, because I always procrastinate. And all this despite hearing an audio recording of myself for the first time and wondering how I don't hear my own Southern accent when I talk! Weird. Just... weird.
I'm so glad I saw this post tonight. I haven't been keeping up for a while. Went and watched every video and subscribed. I don't want to miss a thing. I didn't hear any accent or awkwardness either for that matter. I thought they were well done. Your painting made me think I could do it, you made it look so easy.Looking forward to more. Thanks for sharing.
3/27/2015 11:10:59 pm
Thank you, Janice! I'm very glad to hear you enjoyed the videos. I think I'm going to have a lot of fun with the videos to come!
3/27/2015 11:41:48 pm
I don't think anyone likes to hear recordings of themselves, ever! LOL
3/28/2015 09:17:58 am
lol You're probably right that no one likes to hear themselves. It's amazing that so many years have gone by and I seriously had no idea what I sound like to others. So strange. lol
3/28/2015 09:23:15 am
You're very welcome. lol. I hope I can keep right on being brave and putting out more videos! :D
3/28/2015 12:03:14 pm
Thank you for publishing these! Your generosity and expertise are inspiring. You are WAY too hard on yourself. These videos were wonderful, and I don't notice any of the things you don't like. Your voice sounds great, and the lighting and focus are terrific. I've watched tons of video tutorials, and yours rank with the best.
3/28/2015 12:34:17 pm
Thank you for the lovely compliment!
3/31/2015 09:11:49 pm
Please count me in for the online retreat, If you ever do retreats in the USA just let me know and I will hop on a plane a be there in a heartbeat, I love your work. If at all possible please keep me informed about the online retreat because I sometimes miss posts when I am really busy. Thank you x
4/23/2015 02:24:52 pm
Online retreat?? I am beyond excited to hear you are doing this and you can all count me in ;)
5/5/2015 11:56:49 pm
Love your YouTube 'Go Art Yourself', I've watched the Viking Weave video and it's helped along so much. And your wrapping tips, every little bit helps, you do a great job, Thanks for offering up these for our viewing pleasure! Cheers
7/19/2018 10:40:51 am
Nicole, if you had not told us of your nervousness in front of a camera, I wouldn't have realized. Maybe I was so absorbed by what you were teaching? I think it is more a case of "we are our own worst critics". Next time you make a video how about putting a person close to the camera? Talk the audience instead of yourself and may the stage fright will be less. Hope you keep making videos. Your skill and art are amazing.
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