I work in academia and do research in an applied field. A small group of people from our research group are soon travelling to the largest national convention to promote our research as close to all our research is done in collaboration with either municipalities or companies, and this is an important event.
They've decided to have a screen in our booth, running with different small video clips on it, including short interviews. I was approached in the hallway by our project manager if I could feature in one of the videos. I replied that I would be uncomfortable being filmed and the video made public. We were interrupted and parted ways without finishing the conversation.
At the start of the next week we had our weekly meeting, and the project manager once again asked me if I we could shoot a video with me later in the week for this event. I replied that we could discuss this further in private, as I didn't want to debate that in our official meeting. Now it seems to all my colleagues like I've already accepted this, which I have not. I am expecting further contact with the project manager later this week regarding this.
All previous videos are uploaded to a YouTube channel tied to our university to promote what we do. They're often low budget, filmed with a cellphone and badly edited. Basically they're done by someone working with PR and communications and not someone with video experience. In my honest opinion I think they add very little value to what we do, both in terms of research dissemination and investor attraction.
Presently, there are few videos (<20), and they have low amount of views (<500). Most of them have very specific topics that I doubt would garner a lot of views by themselves, however they're labelled with our names. I've intentionally kept a low online presence my entire life, and being put on YouTube feels very exposing to me. I've in the past been featured in small local news articles, which I have been fine with, they're good publicity and the articles disappear online rather quickly (I can't find any by googling any more). Being put on YouTube for the whole world to see feels so much more intrusive, as so much of your personality is conveyed through the media even though you're portrayed from a professional setting.
So to the question in the title, am I unprofessional if I reiterate my desire not to be filmed for this? Have anyone else been in a similar situation?