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A little background story on my title; when I was younger and I learned a lesson “the hard way”, my mom would call them lessons for life. It would drive me insane every time she said it, but as I got older, it grew on me. So whenever I learn a lesson the “hard way”, I tell myself, ” lessons for life Jojo”. So I thought this would be the perfect title for this series. And episode 1 deals with my first YouTube video tutorial topped with an epic fail.
When you assume…
This morning, I spent 3 and a half hours trying to take a video of my friend’s nails, for my new YouTube channel and my blog. I watched a ton of videos and assumed I would get it right away.
When I started, I struggled with positioning my DSLR camera on the tripod, and when I finally got that right, I struggled with the lighting. I ended up opening the blinds, and drawing back the curtains, because in all the YouTube videos I watched, they said that lighting is the most important part of your video and natural light is the best light to use, and hey, it’s free, right? Well I couldn’t get the right amount of light to video my friends nails, and after struggling for awhile longer, I closed the blinds and pulled the curtains back to its original position (-sigh-). Then I continued to struggle some more, but eventually I finally got the lighting just right. I began taking pictures of the step-by-step process of doing her nails, while alternating with recording.
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Me vs. Nicky D
A quick detour from my story; I have a Nikon D3200 aka Niky D, and it doesn’t have an LCD monitor that I can flip around to see what I’m doing, while I’m doing it. Basically, I had to keep getting up to make sure everything was positioned perfectly. Naturally, in doing so, my hand was blocking what I was doing to her nails the whole video (unbeknownst to me).
I was a little discouraged when I went back to start editing and merging everything together, thinking all my work was is vain. Or was it? One of my biggest downfalls is perfectionism. I want to be perfect at whatever I set my mind to. The perfect example is my career! Nails are my passion, and I want to do it perfectly. I always expect my clients to leave my chair happy and excited about their nails (even though that’s not always the case). I literally drive myself stark raving mad, when I see a client is not happy with their nails, and I usually end up blaming myself.
This simply IS NOT healthy in any way shape or form. Striving for perfection can be a good thing, providing you don’t let disappointment send your emotions on a downhill roller coaster ride. Sometimes in trying to be perfect you forget that its ok to make mistakes.
The idea I had in my head was, I was going to film my first tutorial, and it was supposed to be perfect on the first try. But it didn’t work out that way.
It’s imperative to learn to accept these things when it happens, and move forward, looking at the bumps in the road as “lessons for life” as my bestie always says. I don’t like it when she’s right, but she usually is.
When I start to feel like this, the serenity prayer comes to mind. If you’ve never heard of it before here it is.
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Before I end my post, I wanted to share some of the pictures from my photo shoot fail. Below are some of the pictures I took. For all my photographers out there, I need your help. By looking at my pictures, where did I go wrong? I’m open to advice.