That’s A Wrap

Published by Alice Horton on

I’ve been competing in the Converge Challenge 2017 this year with my project Open Ears and I’ve made it into the top 5. Towards the end of the process I was required to make a 1 minute video pitch for my business then another 1 minute of video content for Converge’s use as press material.

Thanks to the pitch training I received from Maryanne Johnston I found putting the pitch together fairly straightforward. The problems came when I tried to remember what I wanted to say. I’ve always had problems with scripted presentations, at University I’ve only ever used a script once and it was a mediocre presentation. I’m much more comfortable just going off the top of my head. Unfortunately this style is at the cost of time management and also sometimes not saying what I actually wanted to say.

So it turns out that looking up above the camera lens to read your pitch looks awful, I had to learn the whole pitch off by heart which took some patience. I also struggled a lot with my voice. I’ve finished 8 months of voice training but I don’t have the confidence to use my ‘new’ voice at all, which results in no practice and more discomfort. I knew this video was going to be viewed a few months in the future and may be near me for the foreseeable future. So this just increased my anxiety in regards to the way I sound. This really increased the number of takes required to get the pitch to a level I was at least comfortable with enough to show in front of many people. I feel the press reel content is of a much higher standard that my initial pitch.

I’m very happy with the results and I’m proud of myself for creating this kind of content in my circumstances and I hope I get a good result on September 28th in Glasgow!

Open Ears Post 1 : Open Your Ears

Open Ears Post 2 : Laser Sharp

Open Ears Post 3 : Spit-Shine

Open Ears Post 4 : Alright On The Night

Open Ears Post 5 : Open Ears

Open Ears Post 6 : Converge Challenge

Open Ears Post 7 : Planning Business

Categories: Open Ears