The Daily Post Writing Prompt – Can’t Stand Me

In response to today’s Daily Post writing prompt:

What do you find more unbearable: watching a video of yourself, or listening to a recording of your voice? Why?

Wow, this is something I think about everytime I think about expanding my blog into making videos or doing recordings.  I do these things periodically (and just recently when I did an audio review of a Stargate SG-1 novel), but I admit that I have alot of trouble watching/listening to myself.

I find both unbearable, but videos are much harder to watch.  I’m a fidget and sometimes have too much energy.  Since I don’t shake any of it off before I get in front of a camera, I tend to move around a bit, look everywhere else, and generally look like I’d rather be somewhere that isn’t in front of the camera at that exact moment.  I also like being scripted, and need to be able to read a script.  Unfortunately, I am aware of my eyes moving when I’m reading something while being filmed.  I’m not much of a natural, and while I’m aware that this all takes practice, I just don’t like the idea of being filmed.  If it’s absolutely necessary, then I can handle it, but I will never go out of my way to speak on camera.  I know I had no problem when I was younger with this, but as I get older, I’ve become more aware of my discomforts.

I’m much more comfortable recording audio only, as I can read from a script and not have to worry about my bad habits being seen.

So, everytime I contemplate expanding my talent into recording of some kind, I tend to stick to audio – it’s much easier for me.  That all said, I’d rather hide behind my writing.

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