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I have a new respect for actors.  In the past couple of months I have been on ‘screen’ twice.  Both in a way that would be watched by a lot of people (or at least that was the plan).

Here are some of the things I have learned.

Keep my hands still.  Fidgeting and talking with your hands too much detracts from people’s comprehension of what your saying.  I still have no idea what exactly to do with my hands – where should I put them without looking awkward.  And I think about it the whole time – a silent mantra saying ‘keep me hands still’.  Just like my ‘don’t say “um”‘ mantra.

Smile – a lot.  People who are really focused and serious – look nervous and grumpy.  Smile, smile and smile some more and it looks like you want to be there and are happy to share your message.  This is hard to do when focusing on not moving your hands, or saying um.

It is REALLY hard to speak memorized lines, while smiling, keeping your hands, and not saying um.  For my advertisement video – I read a line of script, then said it out loud from memory.  Who knew if required so much brain capacity to memorize, speak clearly, smile, keep your hands still and not say um!

Like all thing, practice makes it easier.  And I am getting that.  But in the meantime I watch screen personalities with a new respect.  It requires a lot of mental focus to look good on screen.

If you want to judge for yourself – watch my advertisement video:  I would love your feedback – good and bad!

Well it was more like a creative exercise done at my computer – but it will be a dream of mine from now on.

Imagine that you can’t watch TV alone anymore.

If there is only one person in the room it shuts off.  When TVs first hit the scene they were a magnet for people getting together – it was a social event.   This new requirement will be built into all TVs – someone needs to be with you if you want to watch it. The result – old or lonely people can no longer sit by themselves in front of the TV.  Kids need a parent or friend with them. They need get a partner or do something else.

Advertising will be revolutionized – companies will see a way to reach their audience and honour it at the time.  The ads are few and intelligent (showing only relevant shit and not in constant repetition).

And then add in that there are regular ‘breaks’. These pauses may have a suggestive question on the screen to promote dialogue, fun or critical thought. Positive messaging is pervasive. Opportunities and encouragements to get involved in your community are always being shown.

Of course, if you are super wealthy, you can buy special TVs that let you watch by yourself. So the top 1% who can watch solitary TV can sit and watch by themself. But they quickly become bored with the outside world and they squander their wealth.

Sounds like fun to me.

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