At this point, you have thoroughly searched Google of all the ways you may “become a TV Presenter”. You have read the tips, watched the Youtube videos, and followed all the celebrity presenters on every social media site, yet you still don’t know where to start!
STEP ONE: Get up from behind that computer screen! TV Presenting is all about the practical work in front of the camera. Finding the right way to combine all your learned tips, skills and find your own unique selling point (USP), which is critical in getting ahead of the competition.
“HOW TO… DO “VOX POPS”
Q: What is a “Vox Pop”?
A: A vox pop is a short and sweet interview or chat with a person on a specific subject. Every experienced TV Presenter will have done this at some point, and as a budding presenter I would advise for you to try them as a great way of developing your skills. Read below on some tips for you to nail this craft.
TIP 1: BE THRIFTY!
Get a friend to film you interviewing random people. If you don’t have a fancy studio or production equipment, don’t worry! Thanks to technology and the geniuses over at Apple, all you need is an iPhone or any smartphone with a camera! When recording, always hold your phone horizontally so the viewer can watch via a “full frame” (like watching on a TV).
TIP 2: CHOOSE WISELY!
Choose a topic of discussion to suit you. If you’re into fashion, talk about the latest trend perhaps. Or if its film maybe you want to talk to people about the latest movie release. If you like current affairs or celebrity news, approach people on the latest story to hit the press that week. Be friendly, relaxed and showcase your personality!
TIP 3: DRESS TO IMPRESS!
Dress to show your personal style yet dress appropriately for the occasion. Make sure you are comfortable though, as you never know who may view it once online.
TIP 4: GO LOCAL!
Hit your nearest city, town centre or local village, and approach people politely. Let them know you are practicing for your budding TV presenting career or for your future Youtube channel. Then ask if they would like to appear on camera whilst you ask them a few questions.
TIP 5: BE ALL EARS!
Listening to your interviewee is key! Remember to be an active listener and to react to what your interviewee may or may not be saying! You may get some genuinely funny moments by using this tip, which therefore will be entertaining for the viewer to watch.
TIP 6: DON’T BE SHY!
But at the same time do not be too pushy! Don’t be afraid to approach interesting or fabulously dressed people who may be real characters. Pay attention to your surroundings, there are so many things happening around you that can be a great topic of discussion.
TIP 7: BE CONCISE!
Unless the individual is a very chatty person and doesn’t appear to mind, do not to take up too much of their time. Keep your interviews short and sweet. Each interview or “vox pop” filmed should be no more than 90 seconds each.
TIP 8: BE RUTHLESS!
Once you have finished with your mini-shoot, go back and review your work. Be honest with yourself and take out any pieces you do not feel showcases your talent to the fullest. Instantly, you will be able to see where you need improvements, the awkward moments, the very good bits and what seems to come naturally to you whilst your on camera.
TIP 9: KEEP PRACTICING!
Spend time on your computer’s webcam and record yourself if you can. This is a great way to practice autocue (teleprompter) skills by reading stories from the internet out loud. You can also do this to time as if you were presenting live. Review your recordings and if you keep at it a few hours per week, you will definitely see an improvement in your work.
Follow these tips to nail this craft and you will be one step closer to achieving your goal of becoming a TV Presenter. Keep checking the Blog section for more advice or contact us to find out more of our upcoming FREE Taster Days and One Day Bootcamp. Get the invaluable firsthand experience that The Red Carpet Academy has to offer!
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ABOUT THE WRITER:
Leah Charles-King is the Founder of The Red Carpet Academy. She is a multi-ward winning TV Presenter with 13 years experience of presenting on mainstream television in the UK and worldwide. www.leahcharlesking.com