Tips On How To Become A TV Presenter
by The Presenter Studio, posted 20 May 2015
1. BE YOURSELF
For some reason when it comes to being on camera people put on a weird presenter voice. You need to be as natural as you can, but also engaging.
2. WORK OUT WHAT MAKES YOU DIFFERENT
There are millions of aspiring presenters out there. You need to stand out from the crowd. So work out what your 'brand is' or get a TV Producer to do it with you.
3. WHO IS YOUR MARKET?
Have a think about the type of shows you want to present and then see if your brand fits. Also look at the type of people who present the type of shows you want to do and think - would I fit it and if not is this a problem or is it what makes me exciting?
4. WHO AM I TALKING TO?
Think about your audience and how you can be engaging to them. Also it really helps to be natural if you just think of the camera as a friend - so you can just chat rather than 'present'.
5. GET YOURSELF ON CAMERA
Producers/agents are always going to want to see you on camera. But they don't want to see you pretending to be a TV Presenter. It's a big problem and 'showreels' have got such a bad reputation in our industry and more often than not, whilst they are a nice thing to show your mum or friends they won't get you work in mainstream broadcasting. You need to tell the person watching what your story is; what makes you different and why.
It's all about contacts. That's how the industry works. Presenters are often obsessed with getting an agent, whereas their time and efforts would be better spent building up relationships with the people who are always looking for new talent.
7. BE NICE
It seems like an obvious one. But TV is such a casual business. If you are going to tell people you are 'amazing' and incredible it's far too formal and also you are setting yourself up for a fall. Be nice, ask for advice, and you'll soon go far.
8. WATCH TV
If you want to work in TV you need to watch it. You'll always get asked in screen tests what your favourite show is or what are you watching, so you need to know your stuff.
9. WORK HARD
For some reason when people want to be a TV Presenter they think it will happen over night. Like any creative industry you need to work hard, constantly looking for new ways to improve and get yourself out there.
10. BE CAREFUL WHO YOU TAKE ADVICE FROM
There is so much bad advice and products out there. Ask yourself has this person made TV shows? Are they currently working in the industry?
The Presenter Studio is a TV Presenter Training business that is run by people whose job it is to hire talent! We have played a role in the careers of countless presenters from Dermot O'Leary, Claudia Winkleman to Christine Bleakley.
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