Happy new year, people!
All good? I hope so. Here good. Healthy and happy. Bit tired, but. Had a nice long holiday stretch, with plenty of rest (and tons of sugar). So. No complaints! 🙂
(Sounds like a good new year resolution, that last sentence).
I love January. It´s so quiet and… post explosion like. Peaceful, calm. We deserve rest now after christmas and new year´s celebrations are accomplished. Taken a lot of preparations. Money and work hours. Where I live, many shop owners go on holiday in January, as they work all Summer servicing our island´s many visiting tourists. This means that those of us who stay home in January, get an even more quiet January, where most shops and restaurants are actually closed until February some time.
I enjoy this. Contrast between all the visitors in the tourist season (from easter until October, and then there´s guests in the xmas holiday as well, I´ve seen this trend increasing the last few years…).
I love it when all the people come to spend holidays here. And I also love it when the streets yet again become empty and there´s lots of room in the grocery store, and everyone says hello to each other coz we know we are all just locals present right now, for the time being… 🙂
I did a major thing on the 3. of January. To me. It´s not a major thing to everybody. But to me it took weeks of thinking about whether to to it, and then a few tries before I managed to. Share, in public, the first ever video of myself talking into the camera.
I chose to make a promo video for my facebook page: Kaltwasser Vocal Sound Therapy. In the form of a give-away, so people who comment can win a sound session with me, or a copy of my book.
Look, here it is:
So what´s the big deal about posting such a video in public? Well, It´s about mindset. Choosing to stand by myself as an imperfect being, doing imperfect actions. I could shoot this video better, with a better background, better lighting, make it shorter. I could have made a presentation that started with a big smile, and where I seemed professional, well prepared, serious and…. yeah. The critical mind really takes off when I watch myself on video.
But I have decided that the winning criteria when publishing myself on video, is whether I am authentic. No pretense. Real deal. I could have wished that I had ben more relaxed in this one, and maybe presented vocal sound therapy a tad more… in depth… BUT.
I MADE IT. I DID IT. I managed to make the debut following my idea of a xmas / new year´s give-away. And hence I applaud myself. 🙂
I am planning to use video in creating information products for a future online space I plan to create. I also practice using video with this fantastic lady here, from Ireland:
She has a space on the web called Light It Up videomarketing, name is Niamh Arthur. Her free 22 day video challenge “Ignite”, really taught me a lot, and after that, I joined her course. I have worked with video actively ever since 1999… but not with myself in front of the camera. So it is nice to get her help on becoming confident enough to dare to share. I need to understand, to be conscious about the parametres of a field, before I want to claim competency. I now feel I am competent enough to know roughly what I am doing. This is good enough for me.
I will keep practicing from here and hence I will get better at both the technical stuff, the mindset stuff and my personal appearance as a trust worthy, proud and competent therapist / teacher. It’s not that I don´t feel good at what I do. I DO. It´s just a bit difficult to get up on the world wide stage and present myself as a brand, so to speak. Selling, marketing. Is a skill I don´t quite master yet. But until I do, I shall keep making lots of imperfect actions. Is my major decision.
Yeah, so. I AM moving forward. Making imperfect action, as my VBS teacher Ryan encourages us to do.
Tonight I actually have a zoom meeting with my VBS mastermind group. We are 5 fellow students, one from the Phillipines, one from Turkey, one from Colorado (/Israel), one from Montreal Canada, and myself from Denmark (/Norway). All of us wanting to move into online teaching.
Basically. It is a process that demands a lot. Of conquering fear. Our human reptile brains don´t want us to step out of the group, the pack, In the stone age this was very dangerous; to risk the public´s dislike. You would be excluded from the group and you would die. From lack of protection when ill,lack of food, and easily falling prey to wild animals. So this instinct has to be understood and then we have to act against the warnings the nervous system comes up with.
Then there´s also the more general fear of what others will think of me when I stand up in public and say “Hey, listen to this, I have something really valuable to tell you!” … One thing is the strangers watching online, but my family, and the local community when I share a video of myself on my facebook wall, visible to my neighbours, colleagues, parents of my children´s friends… This action goes completely against the law of Jante. Which says (amongst other paragraphs): “Do not believe you are better than US” …. Like, “who do you think you are?!”
Being frowned upon, being met with sarcasm, scorn… We all know this feeling from our childhood, of being judged as inferior or ridiculous. It´s not something one strives to receive again, is it.
Yeah. It isn´t easy. But with the excellent support structures I have found, and invested my time and (borrowed) money in… I am indeed moving forward. So. That´s all I want to say.
Please leave a comment if you have a question or remark on my first “selfie video” or on this issue. You can also join the draw of winning a sound session or a book. I will find the 2 winners on the last day of January, I have decided. Just leave a comment below my youtube video, or even better, on my facebook page “Kaltwasser Vocal Sound Therapy”. I would really appreciate that. Also, I would love more subscribers on my Youtube Channel, and more thumbs up on my facebook page. As I am building up this online space thing.
Peace & Love, y’all.
Lots of Love!