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Camera Confidence Mini-Course: Be Better On Camera

The quick-start guide to being more confident on camera for TV, YouTube, Udemy online teachers, spokespeople, and more!
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Last updated 5/2016
  • 33 mins on-demand video
  • 3 Articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion

Be better on camera with more confidence, authority, and comfort!

Do you get nervous when speaking on camera?

Do you wish you felt more confident and had a better on camera presence?

Are you trying to be on television, a YouTube vlogger, or an online teacher?

Do you have to be on camera for an interview, and need quick media training?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, this is the perfect course for you. This mini-course will help you feel more confident, speak more clearly, and have an overall better on camera presence no matter what kind of video you are a part of.

Learn from a television professional!

Christian Hartnett is a mutimedia journalist with over a decade of on camera experience. He has a bachelor of arts in broadcast journalism and was recently the youngest field reporter for CBS San Francisco. He's learned many tips and tricks over the years that have helped him be successful. He's also made a lot of mistakes and struggled to be confident on camera, just like you.

Course Overview:

Enjoy this free course, the first section and a few other great lessons from the full Camera Confidence Media Training course right here on Udemy. Get started with some basic techniques that will get you more comfortable right away. If you enjoy this free course, check out the full Camera Confidence course! It expands on the content of this free course with hours more content!

Enroll now to be better on camera!

Increase your confidence for your next video, television appearance, YouTube vlog, or online course.


Phil & Christian

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for anyone who needs to be on camera, but is struggling to feel confident about your voice and appearance.
  • This course is for TV reporters, anchors, journalists, spokepeople, YouTubers, vloggers, online teachers.
  • This course is NOT necessarily for people who have years of experience being on camera and already feel comfortable and confident.
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What Will I Learn?
be more confident on camera
speak clearly and with comfort on camera
enjoy being on camera
understand the basics of being on camera as a TV reporter, anchor, journalist, spokesperson
create better YouTube video
teach better online courses on Udemy and other platforms
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  • Students don't need to have any experience on camera before taking this course.
  • Students will be asked to take part in course exercises that include recording sample videos. Any camera, smart phone, or computer with webcam that can record video will work well.
Curriculum For This Course
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Let's Dive Right In
7 Lectures 14:53

What will you be learning in this course? Learn more in this lecture, and find out more about your instructor Christian Hartnett.

Course Overview

Being great on camera or on the microphone requires you to appear comfortable. And I don’t necessarily mean comfortable as in relaxed and composed. I mean, comfortable enough in yourself to say what you want to say in a way that you want to express it. If you’re doing a video about a very emotional topic, you don’t want to talk like a news anchor! Allow yourself to show emotion by speaking as if you were talking to your closest friend. Here are some tips to getting you started. It’ll take a constant effort on your part.

Understand the Goal

Welcome to the first exercise of this course! We like to include exercises to get you to take action and retain the information from this class. Typically, we ask students to introduce them to the other students in this course by just writing out their name, where they're learning from, and why they are taking this class. But because this is an on camera confidence class, we want you to do it via video! Just record a quick little video with your phone or webcam, post it to YouTube, and share the link in a discussion post.

Exercise: Introduce Yourself to the Class (with a Video)

At home, in the shower, in the car, in public. Talk about what you’re going to do today, where you are going, what you’re excited about. The more you talk, the more comfortable you’ll get with your voice, your mannerisms.
Talk to Yourself

Here's a quick message from Phil about leaving a review for this course.

Important Message About Udemy Reviews

Here's a sample television report starring your teacher Christian Hartnett. Take a look and see how he is using what he's taught you in this class so far in his live TV broadcast.
Teaching Break Television Report - Taco Bell Delivery

In this lesson, Christian walks you through how to talk to yourself.

How to Talk to Yourself
Top Tips for Speaking On Camera
6 Lectures 17:05

In this lesson, we'll cover the ways that will improve your authority for television on camera situations.

How to Show Authority on Camera

Here's a sample television report starring your teacher Christian Hartnett. Take a look and see how he is using what he's taught you in this class so far in his live TV broadcast.

Teaching Break Television Report: Record Swim

Here are our top 5 tips for better television camera presence.
Top 5 Tips for Television Camera Presence

In this lecture, we'll look at some great examples of other YouTubers to get a feel for what it takes to have great camera presence.
YouTubers with Great Camera Presence

Here are our top 5 tips for better television camera presence.
Top 5 Tips for Online Teacher Camera Presence

In this lecture, we'll look at some great examples of other online teachers to get a feel for what it takes to have great camera presence.
Online Teachers with Great Camera Presence
2 Lectures 03:50

Thank you for enrolling in this course. Please let us know how we can improve this free training, leave a review for the class, and consider enrolling in the full course.

Thank You & What's Next?

Learn how to take your skills to the next level with the full Camera Confidence course!

Bonus Lecture: Take It To The Next Level
About the Instructor
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My passion is inspiring people through online courses. I love learning new skills, and since 2012 have been teaching people like you everything I know. Through my online learning business, Video School Online, I create courses that teach you how to become the better version of yourself with all kinds of skills.

What would you like to learn?

Would you like to make money teaching online courses?

Would you like to build your own 6-figure business?

Would you like to learn motion graphics in After Effects?

Would you like to learn how to shoot & edit videos like a pro?

Would you like to take better photographs?

Would you like to design better presentations, create a great resume, colorize black & white photographs, brew beer, adopt a cat, edit photos in Lightroom, launch a freelance career?

If you want to do any of these things, just enroll in the course. You have a 30-day money back guarantee if you don't like it. And I'm always improving my courses so that they stay up to date and the best that they can be. Check them out, and enroll today!


I've always tried to live life presently and to the fullest. Some of the things I love to do in my spare time include mountain biking, nerding out on personal finance, traveling to new places, watching sports (huge baseball fan here!), and sharing meals with friends and family. Most days you can find me spending quality time with my lovely wife and our cat.

In 2011, I graduated with my Bachelor of Arts in Film and Television Production at Loyola Marymount University - one of the top 10 film schools in the country. While there, I was fortunate to make documentaries in Switzerland, Germany, Mexico, and India. After graduating, I worked at Participant Media shooting and editing short-form documentaries for their website TakePart. I followed that stint with a contract at Stanbridge College where I discovered online learning. I helped pioneer their online school there. Most recently, I spent 2 years working at University of California Berkeley with the media team. Throughout this time I built my Video School Online brand to teach others the skills that I have. In May of 2015, I left the 9-5 world to make my own path. Since then, I've made more money, worked fewer hours, and only have done the things I love each day.

I want to show you how to be a better creator, make money from your creations, and live the life you dreamed of.

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Multimedia Journalist

As a young teenager, Christian threw himself into the world of broadcasting, specifically as an on-air personality, journalist, and sports play-by-play voice. The path was not clear at the time, but consistent effort led him to more and more opportunities.

While attending Chapman University, Christian jumped at every opportunity he got to practice his skills in professional environments. He was a television news reporter for a small station in Orange County, Garden Grove Channel 3. He was the play-by-play voice for Long Beach State baseball, basketball, and volleyball.

Shortly after graduating, Christian became a professional television news reporter on the beautiful Central Coast of California. He worked for KCOY Channel 12, the CBS affiliate for Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties. He shot the video, wrote the script, and edited the finished product for each one of his stories. Christian quickly became recognized as a rising talent in the television news scene.

In 2014, KPIX-5 CBS San Francisco offered Christian a reporter position at their station. Christian became the youngest reporter in the SF Bay Area, the #6 news market in the country.

Christian is now pursuing another challenge: using the skills he's learned over many years to live a lifestyle on his own terms.

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