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Vlogging 101: Live + Camera + Action


What can I say? I’m like Indiana Jones these days, on a mission to help every blogger who secretly dreams of become a interwebs movie stars, rock it out!


Today, I’m bringing you Part II of my video blogging series to share a few pointers for when the camera starts rolling. (If you missed Part I, click here to watch). I thought these would come in handy for when the little red recording light goes on. Don’t want to look like a dear caught by headlights, right? Not a very attractive scene + so easy to prevent with just a little video schooling, courtesy of yours truly!


I’m telling ya’, you don’t have to be a Hollywood star + a CNN Reporter or a TV commercial celebrity to be a video champion (Tweet This). With my vlogging tips you too can win the camera over + with it, of course, a raving new audience of spectators! It’s like the Oscars minus the paparazzi!


over to you

Video superstar in the making, please let me know how you are liking this series so far. Is this material helpful? Do you have any questions + concerns + aha moments? Please raise your hand up high in the comments, I want to hear your take to fine tune my coming Vlogging 101 videos to really help you achieve your video blogging fantasies.



What else? Oh yeah, be sure to download + print your Vlogging 101: Camera Rolling Playsheet to make all of today’s lessons really actionable. Enjoy!


1. Click here to download your Vlogging 101: Prep Work Playsheet.
2. Share your insights + feedback + biggest takeaways in the comments below.
3. Please share this with a friend (or three). I love it when you do tha

And that’s a wrap. See ya’ next week for more Friday Video Time video blogging bonanza!



Mayi Carles

36 Responses to Vlogging 101: Live + Camera + Action

  • Stephenie Zamora says:

    I love this video Mayi, thank you so much for sharing your tips with us! I’m going to start vlogging soon and this is incredibly helpful for me. I love your warm-up snippet… it’s so true, especially for someone like me who is naturally more introverted. Getting my energy and excitement up is so important! xo

  • Kim says:

    Um…Like-I need your team of ummpa loompas to help me with this one like big time um…right now!!! What an amazing follow up to part 1 this series is getting better and better every week! Thank you soooo much! I hopped on at midnight just to see is it was up yet ’cause I was soooo excited to see part two – way to go!!! Hip hip hooray!!!

  • lakshmi says:

    the warm up snippet was way too cute ! I have one video out there – for OMHG giveaway – back in december. Yes, a lot of energy goes into it and I have a lot more respect for editing – now that I have done it !lol !
    This is a great series and so much for people to learn who want to vlog.
    The biggest takeaway from your series or vlogging in general, is to be yourself- and not mimic others style etc.

  • Sasha says:

    Mayi – I love this series so far. I’ve been thinking about starting slow in vlogging by doing my About Me page via video. Your tips are great and I can’t eait to see more!

  • Kim says:

    Ooops and I totally forgot to add the part in the very beginning when you are talking in that super fast voice – it really cracked me up. That’s so funny!!!

  • Michelle says:

    I really LOVE this series and my first vlog will be on Monday πŸ™‚ Filming tomorrow! So excited πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for all your inspiration!
    One question – How do you find your “voice” if you’re actually shy and introverted…and you really don’t want to sound boring and dull? How do you liven things up without being or sounding fake?

  • mayicarles says:

    Stephenie: I predict you’re gonna be a natural girl! I just have this initiative feeling + my intuition is rarely wrong πŸ™‚

  • mayicarles says:

    Kim: Awww thanks sunshine! I totally dig seen your comments early in the feed. Brings a HUGE smile to my face!

  • mayicarles says:

    Lakshmi: I MISSED YOU GIRL! So happy so see you here. Now that you refreshed my mind I totally remember your OMHG entry video. You have got to do some more. You know with Bollywood dancing! The interwebs needs it! I’m not joking hehehe!

  • mayicarles says:

    Sasha: YAYY! Feeling the love. Feeling it! I think starting with your about page is an AWESOME idea, maybe show a little behind the scene shots + close ups of your products, some cool music. That would be so so FUN! Let me know when it’s done so I can watch πŸ™‚

  • mayicarles says:

    Kim: You mean the warm up? hehehe!

  • mayicarles says:

    Michelle: SERIOUSLY? Oh YESSSS. I love it you little go getting you! LOVE IT! I’ll go to your premier on Monday πŸ™‚

    Now about “finding your voice”. I will definitively get to that as the series evolves, but let me just say this: there is no formula to finding your voice + it definitively doesn’t happen over night. I know, it kinda sucks. Your voice is found by a combinations of proactive + consistency + listening to yourself over + over again + getting feedback from your audience. All these components bring our your “camera persona”. My first videos had no dancing + had no party props + had no bloopers… all that came with time as I felt more + more comfortable + discovered my voice. Don’t worry. I will definitively cover this in more detail soon. I promise!

  • Srinivas says:

    You aer seriously a superstar in front of the camera. It’s no surprise to me that you were on national television which I forgot to ask you about during our interview. Anyways, loving your videos and learning so much from watching them.

  • mayicarles says:

    Hey Srini! Happy to have some testosterone come on board πŸ™‚

    You know… the funny thing is that I got my TV gig thanks to video blogging. Which goes to show how a little camera action can open so so many doors + new spectators. I still have much to learn, but I suspect I will be holding close to this medium because it was proven to be the best of allies.

    BTW, I’m so excited about your TWIB video series. Follow it loyally πŸ™‚

  • Cris:Gladly says:

    I am excited you are doing this series. I will be following this series … SUPER excited to hear about how you do editing and how you work in the little graphic magic and such that you do that make your videos really pop. πŸ™‚

  • April Starr says:

    I am seriously *loving* this series!! I’ve been mulling over last week’s and I started wondering about the on camera time – and boom! You answered those questions! πŸ˜€ The eye contact thing is actually something I was thinking about the other day – I’m going to have a hard time with that one! Not because I’d be watching the screen, but just because I tend to move around lot when I talk, look up, talk with my hands, look down, etc – but I actually thought to myself “No, Mayi is ALWAYS looking at the camera, and it makes it feel like she’s talking to me, not just a recording.” So I’m going to have to work on that! Totally love your idea of post it note arrows … I think I’ll need to that to keep my eyes on the camera. Maybe I’ll imagine there’s a tiny little fairy person in the lens who is part of my target audience and I can talk to them. HA! πŸ˜€ Anyway, TONS of really helpful tips, so many things I never would have thought of! And who would have known that you were sitting on pillows – brilliant! πŸ™‚

    I think one thing I’m going to have to do is realize my first videos won’t be perfect. (Which is hard – I’m a perfectionist!) Like I saw you said in the comments, it will take some time to find my on camera voice – but I can’t start finding that until I start trying! Thanks for the help, Mayi! πŸ˜€

  • Aimee Prezzano - Simple Living for Busy People says:

    Thank you , Mayi, (as always) for Bobby Brown breakin’ it down for us! Can’t want to see what you have in store for us in part 3. Love the idea of “warmup” routine — thanks for the reminder — this s great to have not just for video, but for any important thing we do in life, right? Right on!

  • Brandi says:

    As I was working on last weeks worksheet, I drew a complete blank on finding a name.So instead of vlogging on this Friday’s Blog ( yea I thought I could pull it together in a week hahaha). I asked my readers for name suggestions. I think I will ask my readers for more suggestions as I get things ready over the next couple of weeks.

  • Barbra Ignatiev says:

    Haha that 1st one is sooo uber importante! On my first vlog I did a shite job of looking into the camera. I kinda wanna delete it from the world, but for now it’s out there. SO MANY great tips here, Mayi! I like your speech mannerism tip ~ I have to tell hubs to tell me to stop it when I talk like a moron. Thanks πŸ™‚

  • eSeN says:

    Hi Mayi,

    I’ve been a lurker, but I wanted to say how much I really like your videos, and this series is great!

    Your coaching is really straightforward and encouraging. Thanks! Keep it up!

    I’ve done training and training videos for work, and I can answer a couple of things that have been mentioned/asked in the comments: (Michelle) For finding your voice – remember Mayi already mentioned reminding yourself of your passion/expertise. Keep that with you when you video blog, but also talk to your ideal audience member. How would you speak to them? Like a friend? Like a teacher? You’ll find what works when you figure out your ideal audience! That plus time and practice will help you to find your voice.

    (April Starr) It’s ok to look away when you are thinking or to gesture with your hands. You want to be natural, but just remember to mainly look in the camera. You’ll notice that Mayi uses gestures and looks away from the camera when she’s thinking. πŸ™‚

  • April Starr says:

    eSeN – Yeah, that’s definitely true. I think it would be physically impossible for me to stare at the camera the ENTIRE time + probably a little creepy if my eyes never moved, haha! But unless I concentrate on it I would be allllllllll over the place and just occasionally glace at the camera, I’m afraid, haha! That was my main concern that it wouldn’t be good consistent eye contact, not that I would need to stare down the camera. But its a great point to stay natural about it, you’re certainly right. πŸ™‚

  • Alicia says:

    I’m enjoying your great tips. Still working on getting over the fear of being on camera! πŸ˜‰

  • Kristi *aka* BohoBear says:

    Lovely! I especially love the camera sound you used between shots!

  • Michelle Ainslie says:

    Thanks so much for your brilliant advice, Mayi πŸ™‚ And thanks for visiting my blog yesterday and watching my video. Who needs the umpa lumpa’s when we have you?

    And thanks eSeN for your advice too. Really valuable stuff!

  • mayicarles says:

    April Starr: Feeling the love!

    So glad you brought up the eye contact thing. You definitively DON’T want to look at the camera the WHOLE entire time without blinking or looking around. That would be a “scary episode” hehehe. It’s important to make lots of eye connection BUT to intermingle them with hand gestures + natural eye movements, like looking around + looking up (down typically represents insecurity + shyness… more on that soon) + etc. What’s important to keep in mind is that when you do look up to your audience, you are looking where you should be + not at yourself in the computer. Does this make sense?

  • mayicarles says:

    Aimee: Oh yeah warming up is a MUST before anything big (or small) in your life where you need to recharge + reenergize + refocus. I do the Footloose thing, but each person’s warm up routine will + should look different. What’s your warm up routine like?

  • mayicarles says:

    Brandi: What a great idea to find a name! I might have to borrow that πŸ™‚

    You could even host a contest + give the winner of the best name a prize πŸ™‚ How fun!

  • mayicarles says:

    Barbra: Hehehe I also want to delete all my first videos from the galaxy. I totally know the feeling. LOL hope hubs takes it easy on you (wink).

  • mayicarles says:

    eSeN: What a ROCKSTAR contribution!! Thanks for stopping by the comments this time around πŸ™‚ I sooo appreciate your feedback + awesome insight!

  • mayicarles says:

    Alicia: I get it. Fear is a big one. I might have to make a video for this series all about fear. Hmm?? Yes I should. Thanks for the inspiration my friend.

  • mayicarles says:

    Kristi: HEHEHEHE can you tell I have way to much fun in iMovie hehehe?

  • Jena says:

    I LOVE YOU SO MUCH, MAYI!!! I can’t wait to try shooting some videos of my own with your wonderful advice. You’re the cutest thing ever!

  • Tabassum says:

    Thank you for breakin’ it all down for us! I’ve downloaded both your playsheets and I’m getting ready to take the big leap(how long have I been saying that??).Seeing how much your videos have amped up your biz+ most importantly how much fun you’re having, it would be ridiculous to not give it a shot right? πŸ™‚

  • Victoria says:

    Hi Mayi, what is “wheatgrass” in Spanish? I wanna look for it and try it but I live in Mexico and I can’t seem to find the actual name in Spanish. Thanks!

  • gina says:

    great tips Mayi……maybe I should try a shot of wheatgrass πŸ˜‰

  • Me'ira says:

    You are amazing! I so enjoyed your video and look forward to watching the rest of them. Great tips on vblogging….I’ve been putting it off, tho I sensed this was something wise for me to do. Thanks for inspiring me to go for it !

    Abundant Blessings,

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