Whether you’re recording content at home or in a (virtual) studio environment, it is important to prepare and plan for a physical presence that will make you feel confident in achieving a polished, professional outcome. The following tips serve as a guide to assist you in maximizing the success of your on-screen experience.
Green — Including bright green, olive, moss or khaki.
Patterns — Checked, tartan, fine pinstripes and all other fancy patterns.
Logos or brand names — These can be distracting to the viewer.
Dresses — If you wear a dress, you’ll want to make sure there is somewhere we can secure a lapel microphone to. Belt loops or inside pockets work well for this.
Pant/Trouser length — When you’re on video full screen the whole of you can be seen. Think about your bottom half and how your trousers hang.
Glasses — if you wear glasses and have contact lenses, wear the latter. If contact lenses are not an option, we can work around it.
Shoes — A nice clean polished shoe is perfect whether it’s heels, flats, trainers. Avoid patent leather or any shoe that you can see your reflection.
Jewelry — Avoid large jewelry or jewelry that is overly reflective and shiny.
Unruly or frizzy hair — Tie it up or make sure it is fixed back away from your face.
Makeup — Lighting can easily wash you out. We encourage the use of makeup regardless if you are male or female. If you sweat slightly, have a towel on hand to avoid a shiny face look.
Rehearsal: Conduct a rehearsal to get comfortable with the content you are speaking about.
Distractions: Remember to turn off your phone.
Tone: Your audience will easily pick up on your tone. Try to be authentic, friendly and conversational.
Hot tip: If you’re presenting in the morning, drink room temperature beverages to help warm up your voice.
Studio Sage (www.studiosage.com) is a full-service, state-of-the-art broadcast and green screen studio with the wisdom, tools and experience to help plan, produce and present customer messages directly to their audience — wherever they are. Run by creative and production experts, the space offers services ranging from video and voice recording to live streaming and platform management. Located in the heart of Chicago, Studio Sage is a division of EA Collective, a group of connection experts who create brand identities (Storyhorse), content (Studio Sage) and experiences (Agency EA).