I’m Famous (kind of) – My First eHow Video Series

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I’m Famous (kind of) – My First eHow Video Series

A while back I saw a post on HARO (Help A Reporter Out) asking for video talent for On Demand Media.  It sounded like a fun, new opportunity to get my name out, so I sent the producer a note.

ehow-melissa-wardIn her reply, she asked me for some video samples to review and photos of my office, since that was my preferred film location.  After completing my tasks, and approved as a talent, my profile was set up and we began the process of selecting titles that fit my area of expertise.  We went through a number of topics and picked 14 that I felt comfortable presenting on.  The minimum requirement for a project is 10 videos, since they are fairly short.

Once the project was created, I had to wait for a film crew to select the project.  My crew came in from New Jersey to shoot at my office.  The crew was a father and son team and they had all the necessary bells and whistles to make the project come to life.  I was mic’ed, they set up their lights and we rearranged my desk a bit for a distraction free viewing experience. The whole filming process took about 4 hours.  We filmed me giving the introductions and exits to each of the videos, some shots of my hands on the keyboard, mouse and using my smart phone, and I recorded some on screen work using CamStudio.

The one mistake I made was not having the actual script written down.  I assumed I’d be on camera the whole time, so I only had bullet point notes.   Now that I know the bulk of the film is the actual screen, I can read a script and they can set up the voice over for a smoother listening experience (plus it will hide the hesitation in my voice if I feel nervous).

Take a peek at one of the videos:

What have you done that has made your nervous recently?
2016-11-18T20:56:17+00:00By |Business, Social Media|3 Comments

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Managing Partner at NewWard Development, LLC . I am more than just a web developer or marketer, I am an Internet Master. I help my clients to create their vision, put that vision in two dimensional graphic form, and partner with them to build a social network of potential customers and clients to connect to. I also enjoy helping people to realize their true passions. Sometimes ideas come and go with little impact or action. I have the pleasure of working with people who have come into their own by following their passions. I wouldn't trade it for anything!


  1. Veronika Freeman, dotcalm April 7, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    Great job! Learning how you got the gig and the steps involved made this a two-fold learning experience. Sharing how to hide nervousness that “might” pop up lets your readers know this can happen with the most seasoned professional when she is trying something new.

    I’m starting a mastermind group for novices in the video blog/webinar arena; now I know who to turn to for feedback when we get rolling on our projects! Congrats on getting the gig and am sure it will need to new adventures for you and your business!

    • Melissa Ward April 7, 2014 at 8:47 pm

      That sounds great Veronika! Is the group online or in person? There may be some synergy with this – http://melissa-ward.com/small-to-tall-business-mastermind/

      • Veronika Freeman,, dotcalm April 7, 2014 at 9:17 pm

        We are going to be mostly on-line, the members are from Albany, Liverpool, Syracuse, Frankfort, Nedrow, and Cortland – so we probably won’t be meeting in person too often.

        Thanks for pointing out your group – I know with you leading it that the participants will find great value in it! I’ve learned so much just from our casual conversations that I may be interested in your group as well.

        As I come across people looking for a strong, business-building mastermind I’ll point them in your direction. I’m working on creating more focused, task-oriented small groups – so we definitely could have a synergy going on, as there are entrepreneurs that could benefit from both groups simultaneously.

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