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Why Your Video-Based Podcast Background Matters

If you're making a podcast, you should 100% be recording it on video. Either through your computer's free video software or over an internet program like Zoom/Skype. You need the video content to promote your podcast across social media platforms.


We learned this during the pandemic, your video background matters. I'm not talking about throwing on the blur background feature to hide your laundry or bed. It's gotta me more engaging than that for your video podcast.


Doesn't that cost money?


Nope.


You can do this with simple inexpensive lighting options and paint. You want to have contrast between your face and whatever is behind you. That will make you pop on-camera.


Here's some suggestions:


Paint the wall

Turn on your computer camera and grab painters tape. Tape off the area that needs to be painted and add a good foot on all sides.

You can paint that specific area or the whole wall.

The color should be complimentary to your branding such as a blue, purple, pink, or green.

Avoid white or neutrals. Your computer's camera is not able to handle balancing the whites and blacks like a high end video camera.




Add contrasting lighting

You probably have a ring light or something comparable in front of the camera directed at your face. If you don't, start with that now. It's hard to rely on natural light all the time as it's inconsistent.

Then add a backdrop spotlight. These allow you to change the color and light the wall behind you. This can be done with stick on LED lights or these super affordable spotlights.


Add Acoustic Panels in a Color

These come in a variety of colors, don't choose white. They can be arranged in any order or pattern that appeals to you. Bonus, they lessen background noise and echo.

It doesn't take a lot of time or money to create contrast in your video background. Try one of these options and let me know how it goes. Think about what is appealing to the viewers eye and keep it simple. You need to pop and be the star of your video.


I offer a free assessment of your virtual background.

You can schedule a video call HERE.





If Rachel Kopczyk was not an on camera host, she would be an on camera host. She always knew she wanted to work in television. At 8 years old Rachel went to summer camp, for reporters! 

 

Rachel Kopczyk is a media professional with 15 years experience. She works with everyone from celebrities, CEOs of fortune 500 companies, small business owners, and government professionals.

 

When it comes to hosting, Rachel is a “host of everything” and works on-camera with the shooting sports industry, medical field, security management, global business travel and more to create engaging and entertaining video content. Rachel interviews hundreds of people every year. One day it's Mark Cuban and the next it's NHL great Sidney Crosby. 

 

Rachel loves hockey so much that she started a podcast in 2020 with her friend Breezy called, "House of Hockey." Every week they discuss NHL headlines, in-game experiences and interviews with NHL players and leaders.

 

That's not the only podcast she produces, she has several clients who entrust her to edit and distribute podcasts. Rachel shares that knowledge on the blog where you can learn benefits and tips of having a podcast

With a degree in Broadcast Journalism from Loyola University New Orleans, Rachel began her career as a news producer & entertainment reporter at Fox News Baton Rouge then on to Fox 35 Orlando. She went on to become the health correspondent for the syndicated show, The Daily Buzz  that lead her to executive produce and co-host the syndicated show on Oxygen, Life Love Shopping

In her spare time you can find Rachel country line dancing, watching hockey, and learning how to watercolor paint.  

 

How do you pronounce her last name? Think Cop-Check.

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