WELL PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ASKING ME “LANRE HOW DO I BECOME A GOOD PRESENTER? LANRE I WANT TO FOLLOW MY DREAMS ON BECOMING A PRESENTER?” WELL TO BECOME A PRESENTER YOU NEED TO KNOW SOME THINGS, I HAVE READ THEM MY SELF AND I HOPE TO APPLY THEM WHEN I’M WORKING TOO.. SO HELP YOUR SELF !!
If you have had a dream on becoming famous, one of the choices you may make is that of the television presenter. As a TV presenter you get to become a house hold name in the unsuspecting living rooms of millions of punters at once. And, with the riotous escalation of satellite, there’s no shortage of celebrity pie to go round. When it comes to entertainment there seems to be a lot more open doors for women of colour with famous presenters like Oprah Winfrey, Tyra Banks, Konnie Huq, June Sarpong, Jameela Jamil, Miquita Oliver Alesha Dixon to name a few all becoming TV stars. So you can do it too if you put in the work maybe one day we ill be speaking about you!!!!!
I myself have been fortunate to become a presenter and have interviewed music superstars, fashion designers,.
Unfortunately, becoming the next Oprah isn’t quite as simple as picking up a microphone and talking into it (damn) . Becoming a TV presenter requires some serious hard work and commitment. So we have put together a few tips to help you get started.
1:One of the most important tip for presenter jobs is to prepare well and a few days in advance. If you are a beginner, you can’t deliver things like an experienced presenter who even without any preparation is able to present things really well.
2: Practice talking in the mirror or to a video camera on one subject as fluently as you can for a couple of minutes and identify where you are going wrong by watching professional presenters on Tv or online.
Research The Topic
3:The rule of every presenter is understanding the topic of what it is your about to talk about. Before you go out and talk or interview do some research determine what it is your are talking about, If its an artist, event or a product, find out as much as you can.
Look into the Camera
4: Great tip for TV presenting jobs is to learn by heart what you have to say or deliver. It doesn’t look nice if you’re reading from papers. The aim is to make as much eye contact to the camera as possible But, you must know that even if you memorise your presentation, it seem plastic and rehearsed it has to sound natural..
Relax and be natural
5: You should feel absolutely free and natural while presenting. Most beginners think that you have to be word perfect but that’s far from the facts. Most great presenters make mistakes but is how they cover them up that makes them exceptional. They have the experience so it doesn’t look like they have forgotten something. So practice the ability to carry on talking even though you made mistakes or even forgot things. It only shows how cool and easy you are about your presentation.
6: Another important tip is to display appropriate body language especially if your a female. Your body language says a lot about your personality and most women on TV bring a glow and bubblyness to the screen that make you want to watch and listen to them. It tells who you are, how confident and capable you are and how good/bad you are as a TV presenter.
7: While performing TV presenting jobs, never look hunched, don’t slump in your seat, don’t yawn, don’t bite your nails, and never give that wide eyed stunned look! If you look bored why would anyone want to listen or watch you? Always engage and give your best personality to your audience or spectators. If you have a magnetic personality, you will be able to hold the viewers attention to the TV show and would thereby contribute to the popularity of the show. Also your personality will give you your uniqueness so that you have your own style to separate you from the rest.
8: In some cases, you will need to ad-lib, especially on live TV or events or where you are interviewing random people which is why it is good to research which ever topic you are covering. But presenters that can ad-lip well will be the ones chosen for live events and to be the roaming presenter. The roaming presenter is the one that you see out and about rather then in the studio. They engage with the public and have to be quite sharp at ad-libbing as it is much more spontaneous. So practice interviewing friends about random subjects and allow your friends to be honest with the answers whilst interviewing them which will push you to become creative with your ad-libs.
9: Nerves will be your biggest obstacle, it took me a while to get over mine. You will feel confident when you are practising but as soon as your on a set, your nerves will kick in and you will be all over the place. The way to control your nerves is to take some deep breaths & make sure you practice to get as much experience as possible. Too many people say they are presenters after juts one or two low budgets shoots and think they don’t need to practice anymore. At the top level its no joke, you have to get the experience by doing it over and over again so try and humbly do jobs for free to get this experience.
Your Presenters Voice
10: The last but most important tip is to get your voice right. You may already have that perfect sounding TV voice that the industry is looking for. But if not you may have to slightly adjust your voice. You’d be surprised on how many presenters may slightly change their voice to a more appealing range. Some will lower their tone as high pitched voices don’t tend to work well on TV. Others will rid their dialogue of slang words, whilst some slow their speech down so as to be able to hear the words more clearly. Work on your voice quality and texture, pronunciation, use of gestures and over all sound of your voice. Listen to the presenters on TV and listen to their techniques and copy them to get an idea of what you need to do. Good Luck ;p