This gives new meaning to fat finger.
I was really happy with the first video I made on my phone. I usually use the desktop webcam. But I wanted to have more flexibility to do these on the go.
The video was short the message was snappy and it looked pretty good when I was looking back at myself on the screen.
But then I played it back.
In the beginning of the video part of my finger was covering part of the camera. It is noticeable but not to the point where it ruined the video. Or the message.
I laughed and posted it anyway.
I’m going to make a lot more. I’m going to check for my finger before I press record.
If someone notices I will laugh with them. It was a mistake.
But I didn’t ruin the soufflé. And I’ve made some funny looking cakes as well. But they all tasted great.
I know there’s an exotic Japanese term for imperfections in artwork but I don’t even care to look it up. I don’t need to put a Band-Aid on it by trying to sound cool.
I produced a slightly imperfect product that delivered on the promise. That’s my job.
Over the years I have found typographical errors of course in my writing and if it’s a live version I usually fix it just because.
But I’ve never found one that ruined the promise.
That’s all I’m really concerned about. Am I delivering what I am telling people I am going to deliver.
This is not an excuse for sloppiness or being unprepared or selling junk. Everyone has their own line for quality and integrity. Mine is pretty high. But I will cut myself a break on blemishes.
What I’m really talking about is a line between vanity and effectiveness. Your goal is to be effective. Your minor mistakes over time will only prove that you were human. That you are a worker who sometimes isn’t perfect.
If this is something that concerns you just think about the blooper reels you have seen over the years either on television or in the end credits of movies. Even Youtubers do extended cuts and blooper reels where they blew their lines or a prop didn’t work and they all bust out laughing. It humanizes us. Both the creator and the audience. It’s a moment to take yourself a little less seriously and enjoy what you’re doing.
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