I watch a lot of “thrifting” YouTube videos. Particularly the ones made by resellers. Some people talk about their thrift store/yard sale hauls, some share about the things they’ve sold recently, some include tips and tricks of the trade. I’ve learned a few things.
My husband once said, “Why don’t you do videos?”
“Not my thing,” I answered. Which is true. I’d rather write about my finds.
Then one morning I was sitting in my car with an hour to kill before an estate sale opened and I took out my little camera and started recording my thoughts for a few minutes.
I played back the video and was horrified. I had managed to position the camera in such a way that it captured a great view up my nose and my droopy jaw line.
Okay, I thought, I just need to get a different angle.
After two more takes…two more horrified takes…I threw in the towel. Yes, okay, my hair was scraped back into a ponytail and my lips were chapped, but still the only thing that looked good in the video…and I’m serious about this…were my eyelashes.
And here’s the problem…in my mind’s eye I see myself as I was about 20 years ago…before the droops and wrinkles. That’s what I think I still look like. These little video attempts were a reality check.
Now here’s the thing, I NEVER wanted to do videos, but now I’m rather obsessed with the idea. I keep thinking, what if I wear more moisturizer or use one of those light-diffusing face powders? Maybe do something more flattering with my hair? More subtle lighting? More makeup. Jeez, I don’t know.
So I tried. I tried in several locations in my house. I wasted a whole morning taking clips and dumping them in iMovie. I wanted to feel like I could do this and not look like Methuseleh. Then I realized (big epiphany) that my inner child needs to embrace my outer middle-aged self!
In the end, I saved a video version I took in dim (aka subtle) light. Not sure I’ll do this again…