Video Torture

To all the wonderful members of the Quickstart Challenge Community who visited my very first post, a heartfelt thank you. These two little words are simply inadequate to express just how much your comments have meant to me. You have encouraged and supported me with such generosity that I finally believe I will be able to create an online business.

I’m afraid I have only managed to visit some of your blogs so far, as I am suffering beginner overload! But I promise to be over your way soon.

In the meantime, I have been on a mission today to catch up with Week 2 of the Quickstart Challenge – the Tough with a capital T; yes, that’s right, the knee trembling, heart stopping Video Post!!!

It’s been a Sunday of laughter and tears trying to record a tiny, itsy, bitsy, 1 Minute and 17 Seconds of video promoting my QSC experience. It took me about two hours of fussing with light, poor sound and my mind going blank every time the Record button was pressed. By the time it was over, I was overcharged with adrenalin and had to go for a long walk by the beach just to get it out of my system.

Watching my cringeworthy performance now, with a voice that sounds like I’m lost inside a tin can and a body posture similar to a robot, I think I’d better stick to writing!

Now, my QSC friends, I know you’ve been through the same video torture trial, so we are bonded by our group struggle together.

I await your comments and don’t worry, I want the truth…really, I mean it…well, okay you can lie just a little bit…

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32 Replies to “Video Torture”

  1. Congratulations on your video. Wow…$20,000.00.

    Aneeta, how fragile we all are and so critical of ourselves. You and I need to stop doing that if we are going to get up off our respectives a**** and really make a go of this.

    I am also struggling to let go of my perfectionist tendencies. Let’s support each other with that.

    As Dean says, his mentor taught him something like you don’t have to get it right, just get it done!

    Best wishes,


    1. Hi Rosaline,

      Right you are…this video was definitely an exercise in just getting the darn thing done! Having said that, pushing myself to do it made me realise if I can do this, then anything is possible.

      We can definitely support each other with moving on and not agonising over perfection, you’re a video talent with that voice, Rosaline.

      Let’s make it happen!

  2. Aneeta, you did fantastic! No matter how long it took to get there, you did it. And that is the only thing that counts. You could have had that long struggle and then not gotten it done, but you persevered and did it! You should be proud of yourself. 🙂 Don’t even think about what you have done that has not worked out, concentrate on what is working. I wish you all the best.

    1. Ann, you could be a mind reader!
      How did you know I’m always beating myself up about what hasn’t worked out???

      There’s so much to learn and so little time which means I’m always conscious of what I’m lacking in just about every area, except for one:

      I’m lucky to have you in my corner!

      Thank you for your heartfelt encouragement,

    1. Hi Alayna,

      I can’t believe its done, it’s been a turning point in my journey, finally getting the blog and the video sorted.

      As you wisely said on my first post, better late than never…thank you my friend.

      I would never have made it without your support,

  3. Hi Aneeta, you come off very authentic and real. You opened your heart and felt very warm and inviting. I enjoyed watching, and will support you any way I can. Good on you! Best of luck to you!

    1. Hi Mary,

      The best anyone can hope for in video, is for the audience to believe in them. Your lovely words have truly made the pain worthwhile…

      I cherish your support,

  4. Looks like you’ve been doing video all along!
    Congrats on your self-discipline and moving forward.
    It actually won’t be long for that first $ to come along.
    Thanks for sharing 🙂

  5. Aneeta,
    Great video! Your personality really comes through. You make me want to follow you on your journey.

    This is a absolutely GREAT start to your first dollar online. I know you can do it.

    I’ve made my first dollar but do not have any consistent income online. That is my goal now…consistent long term income.

    Here’s to both of us meeting our goals and so much more!


    1. Hi Leslie,

      Well done on making that first dollar! Can’t wait to follow in your footsteps…

      Thank you for your compliments on the video! Its made my night after a long day at work, here in cold and windy Melbourne. I thought the video was really bad, but maybe I was too self critical…really liked that you wanted to follow my journey, that’s fabulous!

      Together, success will be ours,

  6. Steve,

    This has been a week I would never have thought possible!

    You started it off for me by being the pioneer on my newly minted blog. After all the self doubt, your warm welcome made me keep on going…

    It is your support moving me forward one day at a time,

  7. Hi Aneeta,

    You like very awesome! Indeed we are all suffering the same thing in our 1st video! 🙂 But i am glad that you shared everything from your heart! Just be optimistic all the time. Success will come to us! 🙂

    1. Hi Sovanna,

      Thank you for your beautiful words, my friend.
      It is so great to have your support, I promise to be more optimistic!

      You are very good to me,

  8. Hi Aneeta

    I just loved your first video, unlike me you had your eyes open, you were very easy to understand and very open and honest, which I loved. So congratulations. I look forward to following your journey as we both go down this path at the same time. Congratulations again.


    1. Karen, you’re too kind!

      Thank you for pointing out the positives in my video…when I posted it, I could only cringe at all the bad stuff…so it’s great for someone else to look at it with fresh eyes and see it anew.

      You’ve made me feel like the pain and yes, even the honesty was worthwhile! Had been wondering if I’d said too much but when I read your words, I’m glad I took a deep breath and said it out loud…

      Your words are Sunshine on my Soul,

  9. Hello Aneeta,

    I’m quickly discovering that the world of internet marketing is a marathon, not a sprint. Delayed or not, you got the video done. That’s what matters most, and for that, you deserve to be congratulated.

    Too many people would have jut quit. Action-takers get the rewards.

    We’re nearing the end of the challenge, but for so many of us, it’s really just the beginning.

    I wish you the best of luck and hope this journey finds you very successful. We’re all pulling for each other.

    To your success. . .

  10. Hi Bob,

    Thank you for your wise outlook. Yes, I had hoped push button riches would be mine by now, and have since realised this is a business like any other which I must take the time to work at so it may grow.

    Having said that, I found the video quite the hurdle to jump over, and your perspective is wonderful…yes, this is the start of my online business, with much more to learn from those whom I’ve been so privileged to meet, here in the QSC.

    Your support and encouragement is much appreciated, may we find success together!


  11. Hey Aneeta, when I first got started with Internet Marketing it took me a whole year to man up and do my first video. Then after that, it took me about ten videos to start feeling comfortable but it actually really happened.

    So in all seriousness, you are already one year ahead of me if we compared our IM careers side by side, that’s fantastic!

    Congratulations on signing up to partnering with Dean, I’ve known him (and his mentor) for some time now and I know you will be in very good hands.

    – Sergio Felix.

    PS. Here’s a video ninja tip for you to appear even more natural on camera: try to put your camera at your eyes level so when you’re talking to people it feels like we’re having a conversation right in front of each other (like it happens in real life).

    PPS. If you have access to a beach nearby (lucky you!) you can normally record great videos from there, make full use of your assets! 😉

    1. Thanks Sergio!

      You seem like you were born to do video! I’ll have to check out your early work…you’re way cool in front of the camera. I doubt you were ever as stiff as me!
      Really appreciate the great video tip, having the camera at eye level. Makes so much sense, really.

      Hmm…the beach is five minutes walk from my front door. Not sure how I’d go talking to camera there, not that brave yet! Will keep it in mind for the future…

        1. Thanks for sharing, Sergio! A great first effort and fascinating to see how your on camera style has evolved since then.

          Much appreciated,

  12. Keep moving forward with all this Aneeta. A little bit every day and you’ll be surprised how much you can achieve. To your success

    1. Hi Alayna,
      You’ve done so well on your blog! Very impressed with all your progress and how active you are on Facebook.

      Thanks for your encouragement,

  13. Hi Aneeta,
    I like your video, it’s short, succinctly and pleasant to watch. I tell you something, I was scared about how I would look like on the screen. Nobody likes his recorded voice and of course I find my recorded voice aweful and even more with my bumpy English. So I built some effects, in order to bring myself into the background!
    Your Video, however, is authentic and credible. So please do not stop making videos. I hope for myself, and for you too that the more videos we produce, the easier and better they will be. Congratulations Aneeta – Roland

  14. Hello Aneeta: I enjoyed reading your posts and all these comments. Your blog on first view is expansive, just like you on that hill. Please use that vision as a template for how you will expand your knowledge, skills, and actions to move ahead. You’ve made lovely connections also. And your video was very pleasant to view and hear (I kept waiting for that “caught in a tin can” or whatever you said. We will move upward together in the iPro group. The best to you. Anne

    1. Hi Anne,

      That’s a marvellous insight and one I will definitely follow; ie. that the photo is a template for my online journey.
      The best part about an online presence is getting support and encouragement from your peers, thank you for sharing.
      As for the video, you’re much too kind…!

      Look forward to working with you in iPro,

  15. Hi Aneeta,

    Carry on! I did I believe 27 takes on my first video, now I’ve uploaded over 2000 on various accounts. YT shut me down twice, if I combined all my video sites,easy, I’d have 3000 or more. So natural, I’ve shot more than a few, so it’s like talking to a friend with little self consciousness at all, if any.

    Keep it up, you’re doing great!

    1. Hi Ryan,
      Wow! That’s an amazing number of videos! Quite an achievement…well done.

      Thanks for your support and encouragement, much appreciated.

  16. Hey Anita,

    you didn’t sound like a talking muppet at all. Actually I would never have guessed this was your first video. Well done!

    I well remember the first video I ever uploaded to YouTube. It was nerve-wracking. Now, rather than doing them over and over again I will usually just edit out all the crappy bits.

    Good luck on your challenge.

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