I faced perfectionism head on this week.
Recently I had a genius idea: I wanted to create a few virtual book reading videos as a means to say thank you to my readers for their incredible support.
This idea seemed brilliant at the time. Brilliant! However, the more I thought about it, the more I wasn’t sure how to birth it from an idea to an actual video series.
Insecurity crept in. As did perfectionism.
My film making experience is limited to creating home videos of my furry children—not producing social media content.
What about lighting? And background? And sound quality? I started to research these things and felt totally overwhelmed, followed by discouraged. I pondered over the idea, almost scrapping it, because I knew that I wouldn’t be able to create the beautiful video series I had in my mind. And if I couldn’t produce something high quality, what was the point?
And then I remembered the entire point of the idea was just to give something back to my readers. It didn’t have to be perfect, it just had to be decent. Sometimes, good enough is actually good enough.
So, with a renewed enthusiasm, I set to work creating my very technical video stage. I sat at the desk in our home library, stacked two boxes on the desk, sat my propped up iPhone atop of those boxes, and pressed record
It worked! I managed to produce three decent videos. The natural lighting isn’t great, but it’s fine. The sound quality is actually better than I thought it would be. And the only editing I did was to trim the start and finish of the videos (when I’m turning the camera on and off). And that’s it. Not technical, not perfect—but done.
And the more I think about it, the happier I am with the videos because they’re real and they reflect this writing journey. Yes I use professional editors, proofreaders, book formatters, and cover designers (which are all freelance). But, otherwise there is one girl behind this publishing house—and that’s me. This isn’t a multi-person production with a glamorous office and surplus funds. It’s a one-girl show, but it’s real, just like these videos.
The videos are playing now on my Facebook page—you can watch them here.