Wednesday, 25 February 2015

BBC Shortform Vlogging Audition

BBC Shortform - What's it all about?

Hey guys!

Today I wanted to share with you an interesting thing I got to be a part of recently. I received an email a few weeks ago from one of the team at the BBC, asking if I wanted to take part in a vlogging audition for BBC Shortform.

They were basically looking for digital talent exclusively in the West Yorkshire area (which isn't something you get often wheyey for Leeds/Bradford!!), and wanted participants to create a short engaging video on an interesting subject. I said yes excitedly then started to think about how I'd never vlogged before in my entire life. AHHH. After a bit of worrying about how on earth I was going to pull this off with the very little camera action skills I had, I decided I had to ask my pal & fellow Yorkshire blogger Alex if she could help a girl out and join me! She said yes and then it was over to brainstorming for what we could do! 

What I Learnt From Vlogging

I have to say we had a pretty funny evening practising filming ourselves - lots of laughter fits, camera mishaps, and almost falling off our chairs. And although I can honestly say I'm no pro at this v-logging business - here are a couple of things I did learn from it.

1. A glass of water in the hand keeps dramatic hand gestures at bay! 

2. Try not to nod your head like the churchill dog (like I did!!) - instead try to relax and engage in the conversation naturally. 

3. Random leg/nose/eyebrow scratches don't look so good. And neither does overly playing with your hair! 

4. Remember to project your voice so you don't sound mumbly - a little louder than you would in a normal conversation but not so loud that you give the crazy vibes!

5. Actually remember to have fun with it! Being on camera is nerve racking but also, it is quite fun if you allow it to be!

An afternoon with the BBC

The big day finally arrived and I was a combination of excited and nervous as you can imagine. When we first arrived we were given a short presentation on how vlogging and youtube has gotten to be so big in the last few years, and how the BBC are interested in creating their own digital platform to showcase a variety of different vloggers with different skills and interests. There was even a mini video from Youtube's Jim Chapman on what makes great short video content, which I thought was really good! 

After that we were whisked off to our private room to start shooting our very own vlog! (Cue the quick selfie action!)

After a bit of thumbling with the camera we started on our vid, which was all about our top 4 tips for keeping a good online and offline life balance. Social media is pretty amazing, so it's easy to let it take over sometimes! But it's good to take a step back and think about how you can use your online time more wisely rather than spending a good chunk of your evening aimlessly scrolling through instagram pictures you've seen 10 times already (which I'm definitely guilty of!). 

Anyway, I think the video went okay (minus maybe a bit of nervous waffling and over excited giddiness haha!). After we were done we headed to a meeting room to have an interview with 2 guys from the BBC, which was pretty scary! I'm so bad at answering questions about myself - What makes you unique?! Ha, they were really nice though and it was all actually really good fun! We now have to wait a couple of weeks to find out if we got through to the next round, but whatever the outcome is it was a great experience and I'm so glad we got the opportunity to take part. :)

The Outfit

For the event I ended up wearing an outfit I'd gotten some snaps of from a recent Sunday strolling trip with the BF. I went for the pastel vibes in a floral Miss Selfridge playsuit, teamed with a pastel blue Asos coat, & a pink Miss Selfridge bag. 

Floral playsuit - £39 Miss Selfridge / Pink Bag - £35 Miss Selfridge / Pastel Blue Coat - Asos / Knee High Black Boots - £70 River Island / Wool Camel Beret - Accessorize (Now only £3.60!)

And that's it for todays post - thanks so much for reading and have a lovely week :) 

See you soon!

Gabby xo



  1. Sounds like such a great opportunity and experience, good luck for the next round! Your outfit is perfection, love those boots and the pastels <3

    Andini xx | Adventures of an Anglophile

    1. Heyyy lovely!

      Aw thank you so much - hope we get through!! :) And so glad you liked the outfit - looking forward to catching up with your LFW outfit posts!! :)


  2. I learn a lot with my blog too, I love these post bc I can meet you more!
    Good lucky with this adventure!

    1. Hi Belen! Thanks for commenting glad you liked the post :) Will deffo check out your blog! :) xoxo

  3. These outfit photos are absolutely stunning -- and of course, your outfit is too! I absolutely love the color of your coat. You are seriously the queen of pastels! Sounds like a great opportunity :)


    Looks by Lau

    1. Haha thank youuu Christina I do love my pastels :) And spring is close which means my wardrobe will be bursting with them soon woo! :)

      Thanks for commenting - looking forward to catching up with your posts! :) xoxo

  4. Amazing tips! Gorgeous look, loving that blue coat! =D

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    1. Thanks Jessica! Glad you liked :) Gunna check out your blog now :) xoxo

  5. Amazing post.
    Thanks for sharing.
    And that outfit is really cool.

    Check my new post.

  6. Amazing post.
    Thanks for sharing about that.
    And i love your look too.

    Check my new post.

    1. Thanks Zarrah, glad you liked :) Will check out your newest post now :) xoxo

  7. Congratulations! That is such an exciting and thrilling experience. Just to be asked to be apart of it is huge. I think it's a great thing that companies like BBC are appealing to the Internet and the broader audience that it reaches. Shows such initiative and long term thought.

    Really love your outfit too. In particular all of it! Haha.


    1. Thanks so much Ellen! It is really good, especially outside of the usual places like London :)

      Glad you liked the look - looking forward to seeing your blog now :) xo

  8. All the best for your audition! :D Also, I really like the colour scheme of your outfit!


    1. Thank you gorgeous! Glad you liked the outfit - will check out your blog :D


  9. Congratulations! That's very exciting news, Gabby. Best of luck! :)
    Very cute outfit. Your blue coat is lovely.

    Christina x
    Christina Campbell Hughes

    1. Thanks Christina! Hopefully see you soon at a future blogging event :) xoxo


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