Want Your Video Featured On Odyssey? Here's Everything You Need To Know

Want Your Video Featured On Odyssey? Here's Everything You Need To Know

Submit your video clip today!

For years, Odyssey has been a destination for people who want to express themselves in written word. Well, guess what? Odyssey video is coming soon as a new way for Creators to tell their story.

But we need your help first.

Between May 30 and June 15, Odyssey is collecting initial video submissions from current Creators, Odyssey readers, and anyone in their personal networks who wants to participate.

We’re looking for simple video responses to prompts that you will see on our site. No fancy equipment required –– your smartphone will do just fine.

After we’ve collected enough video, we’ll then sift through all of the submissions and use the most compelling clips to create video compilations of our audience and their responses.

Be sure to see our tips for creating video before you upload your clip(s)!

Here are our first three prompts help give your video some direction.

If I Were President For A Day, I Would...

Imagine you are sworn in as President of The United States of America today. Where would you start? Here are some points you can use to direct your 1-minute video clip.

1. Where do you fall on the political spectrum? To the left, to the right, or somewhere in between?

2. How do you feel about the current state of our government?

3. What is the single most important national issue to you and why are you passionate about this?

4. What is your solution to this problem?

5. Who would play you as president in a skit on "Saturday Night Live"?

6. Anything else you want to tell us?

My Definition Of Cheating Is...

Keeping a healthy relationship in 2018 is quite the challenge, to say the least. With so many ways to meet and interact with people online, everyone has their own definition of "cheating." What's yours? Here are some points you can use to direct your 1-minute video clip.

1. In one sentence define “cheating.”

2. According to you, which of the following actions constitutes cheating: A) liking photos on social media, B) sending Snapchats (G-rated or X-rated), C) sliding into the DMs, D) flirting, E) complimenting someone on their looks, F) staring or glancing at someone you're attracted to, G) hugging, H) kissing, or I) sleeping with someone else?

3. Are there any acts of cheating that wouldn't be a dealbreaker for you? Explain.

4. Talk about your experience with cheating, if any. It can be based on your personal experience or the experience of your “friend.”

5. Does social media play a part in today’s dating culture? If so, how?

6. Did Ross cheat on Rachel when they were "on a break"?

I Remember My First...

Everyone has “firsts” in life, and college is filled with them. We want to know all about your most interesting, hilarious or bizarre "firsts" you experience in college.

For instance: first college party, first hookup, first failed class/exam, first football game or tailgate, first roommate, the list goes on...

If you had an interesting "first" from your college years, we want to hear about it!

If you have a video clip ready for any one of these three prompts, you can submit it here.

Tips for lighting, sound, and filming

1. Phones and computers are great but be mindful of your background (i.e. a plain white wall is not very interesting). Be creative with the background and look for some “texture.”

2. Lighting is important. Make sure you are not “backlit” like sitting in front of an open window or door. It’s always best to have even lighting from above or in front of you.

3. When pressing record, always wait a second or two and vice versa on the end. Videos can easily be trimmed. Let your content play out.

4. For sound, be mindful of background noises like cars, fans, and even the wind. It’s always a good idea to shoot a test video and play it back to see how it sounds.

5. Avoid logos on shirts, hats, walls etc. It’s best to wear solid colors or try to minimize patterns.

6. If you are filming using a smartphone, make sure you record it horizontally!

How to craft a great response

1. When responding to a prompt, make sure to repeat the question before you answer (ie. if the question is “Do you think liking someone else’s Instagram posts are considered cheating” your answer should be “If I catch my girlfriend liking someone else’s Instagram posts, I think that is…”)

2. Make sure to try and reduce the use of words like “um” or “ah’ or “like” This will help with editing

3. Looking directly at the camera is always preferred. If you are uncomfortable doing this, have a friend shoot the video and have them stand on either side of the phone. You should look at them when responding and try not to look around too much

4. Above all, be yourself. Try to respond as if you’re just talking to someone close to you and don’t try to respond the way you “think” you’re supposed to respond. Just speak from the heart.

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20 Fun Facts To Use When Introducing Yourself

As we embark on the semester, we are put on the spot in order to share interesting details about ourselves. This article discloses possible fun facts to tell others!

After experiencing my first week of classes, I have learned that every student needs a handy-dandy list of fun facts about themselves to tell other people. Many professors use the first couple of classes to learn about their students, so you may need to think about who you are and how you want to introduce yourself to your professor and classmates. We all have that one go-to interesting fact about ourselves, but sometimes you just have to mix it up!

1. My favorite hobby is...

What do you do in your free time? Personally, I love to stay active! I am a competitive Latin dancer and enjoy teaching and taking Zumba classes, going to the gym, and hiking.

2. I love...

Is there something, someone, or somewhere that you love? What makes your heart ache? What do you miss when it's gone? I can say that I love my friends because I feel my most confident when I'm surrounded by those who love and support me.

3. I look up to...

Is there someone you adore? Who mesmerizes you? Who do you wish to learn from? After watching "A Ballerina's Tale," I discovered Misty Copeland. In 2015 she became the first African American ballet dancer to become the Female Principal Dancer at American Ballet Theatre. Her passion, grace, and strength continuously motivate me to better myself as an athlete and an individual.

4. This art speaks to me because...

Coco Chanel said, "In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different." This encourages me to always follow my heart no matter what. I will never follow society's standards and norms because they do not define me. Chanel's saying definitely influences my character and lifestyle.

5. A funny and/or embarrassing memory of me is...

When you make others laugh they want to spend time and make memories with you! Don't be afraid to embarrass yourself. You will come off as down to earth, easy-going, and loyal.

6. My siblings or lack thereof influenced me by...

I can go on and on about my brother, who is 10 years older than I. We have opposite personalities and despite the age gap, we're quite close.

7. My pet(s) are my life because...

Only sad people don't like hearing about furry creatures, even if your pets are slimy and slithering creatures all human beings enjoy hearing pet tales!

8. I'm afraid of...

Your personality can be revealed by your likes and dislikes, including the things that you fear. I am terrified of change and the unknown, hence, the future is an anxiety-inducing topic to discuss for me.

9. I am the way I am because...

What have you gone through in life that has shaped you into who you are today? Remember to be open minded and allow yourself to open up to your peers. You may be surprised by how others respond and/or what others have endured as well.

10. The most unusual item that can be found in your dorm...

This is a fun fact about yourself that can easily liven up an awkward conversation. Think about your quirks and differences! One item I have in my dorm is my teddy bear, Peter, whom I like to joke is my boyfriend.

11. My dream job is...

In college, "What's your major?" is a widespread question. Nonetheless, skip the boring statement of "I'm majoring in..." and go in depth on what your dream job is (hopefully your major factors in to this dream of yours).

12. My hidden talents are...

Angelina Jolie is a knife thrower. Kendall Jenner can produce bird noises. Amanda Seyfried can crochet and knit. Is there anything special you can do? Some people have rare and unique talents, maybe you can think of some hidden talents of your own!

13. My guilty pleasure is...

I will say it a million times: don't be shy when introducing yourself to new people! I'll start by divulging my guilty pleasure: Youtube's family vlogging channel, "OKBaby"!

Check them out: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvUCbnwzySKgbKiB_...

14. Some activities on my bucket list are...

This is an easy way to grab people's attention and find others with similar desires as you. Be an adventurer! Go out of your comfort zone!

15. Talk about your best friend...

How would your best friend describe you? What do you love to do with your best friend?

16. Talk about an accomplishment of yours...

You are incredible and have achieved so much! Reveal something that you are proud of — show off a little!

17. This one time at my job...

Bosses breathing down your neck. Curious coworkers asking personal questions. Cursing customers who never leave you alone. Your job can be filled with tons of hilarious situations that can easily entertain a crowd.

18. During the summer...

Any scars with stories? Any summer flings? Any lessons learned from the tanning too long? Now that summer is over, disclose memories that can leave positive impressions on others.

19. I volunteer at...

Do you do any community service? Share a funny moment while you were volunteering. What did you learn while there? Would you continue?

20. [blank] is meaningful to me because...

What do you appreciate in life? What brightens your day? What makes you fall in love? What does someone have to do to make you smile?

Finally, remember to be outgoing! Reveal that three-mile smile and open your arms to learning about others. Spread smiles, love, and happiness.

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Not Having The 'Picture Perfect' Body Shape Doesn't Mean You Can't Wear A Bikini

All shapes and size are acceptable and beautiful.


Summer has finally come again and it's now the time where everyone regrets not working out to get their "perfect" summer body. I'm here to say that these summer bodies everyone has been talking about are an unhealthy way to look at yourself and can hurt one's body image. If you're a size zero, that's great for you. If you're not a size zero, that is still great for you. There is no defined size that is required to wear a bikini during the summer, and there shouldn't be these unrealistic society norms on who can and can't wear them.

My entire life I was never worried about my size or how I look in a clothing item such as a bathing suit during the summer. I had always maintained a small figure from being active in grade school all the way through high school. Now that I am in college with no daily or weekly (and sometimes even monthly) exercise routine, I have gained weight and started to feel self conscious in what I look like in certain items that show my stomach. I don't look like the swimsuit models that are posted all over Instagram and started to feel that when summer came along I shouldn't be caught dead in a bathing suit or a shirt that showed any part of my stomach. I was beginning to feel bad about my body image because I didn't have the body shape or size that is considered to be a "society norm" and let it get to me. This is when I knew I needed to change my mindset, and not my physical appearance.

Just because someone isn't a certain size doesn't mean they should be shame into not wearing something they like or makes them feel good about themselves. Summertime is all about being in the sun at the beach or at the pool and getting a tan and getting in the water. This things require a swimsuit of some sort. The size and shape of someone's body shouldn't put a restriction on what type of bathing suit they choose to wear, and no one should comment on how they look in it in a negative manner. For some people, it's hard to lose weight just as it is hard for some people to gain weight. Society is always making remarks about girls being "too small" or "too big" or comments that are similar to those and it's putting a negative effect on how women view themselves which makes it harder for them to have a sense of self love.

Let a woman feel good about herself in what she's wearing no matter her size and leave the rude comments to yourself. Whether she is a size 0 or greater, she is still adding beauty into the world. If you want to wear a bikini, then do it. Don't let the negative people in society harshen your summertime fun.

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