Creating a Video Biography

A video is one of the most powerful tools when it comes to bringing out a brand. When it comes to personal branding, creating a video bio has become almost a must unlike in the past when it was just nice to have one. There are a number of tips to take into consideration in order to make a successful bio, and we are going to list them below.

Creating a Video Biography

  1. Know your message and take a stand

This video isn’t about showing off your experience and credentials, but about communicating what you believe to the world. You want people to see things from your point of view and how you deliver value.

  1. Be brief

Long videos tend to make people lose attention or concentration. It is good to keep the bios short and to the point. This is bound to leave people craving for more.

  1. Think quality not quantity

Quality has always had an upper hand over quantity. People tend to prefer something that is high quality and short, other than poor quality and long. Don’t forget that the quality of the video says tons about you.

  1. Dress for the occasion

Reflect your personal brand while being relevant to those whom you want to watch your video. Go for clothes that reflect who you are, and also choose your makeup very carefully.

  1. Choose what surrounds you

What you have behind you speaks about your brand. Make sure your setting reinforces your brand message, not distracting the viewer. You want people to focus on you and what you’re saying not cat that is playing behind you. Be aware of what is in the photo frames around while shooting.

  1. Hire the professionals

Treat this like an investment and hire professionals to create your video for you. Nowadays, there are many apps that you can use to create good quality videos while editing, and you can choose to invest in them or opt for the free versions.

  1. Maximize distribution

It is now time to maximize on the return of investment, and so it is important for you to put your video on as many platforms as possible. These include YouTube, Vimeo, LinkedIn, Facebook as well as other sites that support videos.

  1. Be yourself

Exude your personality. Don’t come off as stiff or rehearsed. Your video bio provides an opportunity for you to build emotional connections with your viewers. You do that by letting people get to know the real you.

If there is one bio that I would like to watch, if it is ever created, it is Mark Dubowitz. Mark Dubowitz is the CEO of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), a Washington, D.C. based nonpartisan policy institute, where he leads projects on Iran, sanctions, countering threat finance, and nonproliferation. He deals with Iran’s global network including the regime’s nuclear, terrorist, missile and cyber threats to the United States and her allies. He is widely recognized as one of the main influencers in creating sanctions policies to counter the threats brought about by Iran amongst others.

Jay Solomon of the Wall Street Journal featured Mark as one of the key “financial warriors” against Iran in his 2016 book “The Iran Wars.” Politico magazine also did the same, making him one of the leading experts in Washington when it came to policies challenging Iran’s bad behavior, terming him as “…constantly thinking up—and promoting—new ways to squeeze the regime…” He was also branded as “politicians’ brain trust on Iran sanctions … carving a niche in the charged debate on Iran with intensive research and sheer intellectual firepower.”

Mark has advised the last three presidential administrations, including Trump’s and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle on Iran issues and testified well over twenty times before universal legislatures.

Mark heads FDD’s Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance authored and co-authored over twenty studies on economic sanctions and Iran’s nuclear program. He is widely published and cited universally media. He lectures on sanctions and international negotiations at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, where he is a senior fellow. Mark has a master’s degree in international public policy from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, and law and MBA degrees from the University of Toronto.

I can bet that you’re thinking what an impressive career he has. The truth is that you too can chart your way to your career. Follow the steps mentioned earlier and you’ll be on the right track.

Using Powers for Good

There are many celebrities that we know who use their powers to spread good amongst people. This can be through awareness of certain facts, humanitarian work, and many more things. Being people that are popular amongst most of the world population, it is easy to spread the word far and wide. Some of these celebrities include Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, Shakira, George Clooney and Bono.

The first thing that you’ll notice as you see those names is that they are all based towards humanitarian projects with the aim of bettering the lives of those that are less fortunate. They are giving back to the community in the best way that they know how. There are other celebrities that can give back to the community in other ways, and this includes Stephen Collins. The experience that he went through slightly over 20 years ago, living with the guilty burden and trying to find a solution, is something that other people should also ape.

Using Powers for Good

Stephen Collins is known for his role in the popular WB show, 7th Heaven, where he played a moral minister and father to a large family. He admitted to inappropriate sexual encounters with minors, the last one having happened over 20 years ago. Since the incidences occurred, he sought therapy to find out why he did it and how he could stop it from happening again. When I think about all the personal anguish that he has gone through over those twenty years as he tried to make things right, I believe that he deserves our forgiveness.

It was not like he was the one that made the information go public. He and his ex-wife had been attending therapy sessions to salvage their marriage. During one of the sessions, he decided to open up about his past without knowing that she had secretly brought in a recorder and was taping the whole thing. She released the tape to TMZ and everything suddenly burst into the light.

Collins never tried to make good of his past due to public pressure because long before that, he was already trying to make things right. Here is what he had to say to Katie Couric during an interview, “I had dealt with them [the sexual incidents] very, very strongly and committedly in my private life. I think I’m a human being with flaws and I’ve done everything I can to address them.”

He also said, “I deeply regret the mistakes I’ve made and any pain I caused these three women. I admit to, apologize for, and take responsibility for what I did.”

With such a sincere effort to address his shortcomings and having lived with it for twenty years, it is only right that we have his back and support him through the process. He lived a clean life for more than 20 years after the incidences, trying to make things right, which included not apologizing to his victims, since that would have opened up old wounds for them. He worked with at least three of the twelve steps of recovery as mentioned below:

  • (step 5) Admitted to God, to himself, and to another human being the exact nature of his wrongs.
  • (step 8) Made a list of all persons he harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
  • (step 9) Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

We are not sure if the therapy addressed the reasons behind his behavior in the first place. Chances are that he himself was probably the victim of sexual assault in his childhood. These types of sexual behaviors don’t arise out of nowhere, something had to trigger them, something from his childhood. Chances are he himself was probably a victim too.

This is a message worth passing on to other people because Stephen Collins showed the world that when you make a mistake, you should acknowledge the mistake and try to find solutions as well as seek help where need be.