When starting out in the media industry and getting yourself “out there” means being resourceful. The journey to success means carving out your own path, and taking control is a huge part of that. There are so many ways to do this!
Being a TV presenter you have to have a certain kind of confidence. You may be confident in your daily life however it doesn’t mean you will be in front of a camera! The two are very different. Recording yourself is the best way to put this to the test.
So how often should you record yourself in practising for your dream TV role? This doesn’t include singing on Saturday night into your phone after one too many drinks! Recording yourself can be daunting and most are surprised at the sound of their own speaking voice. However practice makes perfect and it may just be this method that lands you that job!
We don’t necessarily hear ourselves how we think we do, our ears can deceive us and getting used to seeing and hearing yourself on camera is extremely important. Being aware of where the camera is and focus points can also take some getting used to. Often upon reviewing your footage you may realise you could of been turning away from the camera or maybe you can decide the best way to stand in a framed shot. You don’t have to hire top of the range equipment to record yourself either. Using a camcorder or your smartphone and getting a friend to record you will be just as sufficient and highly recommended. Upon reflection there will be things you notice that you may have never realised before, for example:
1 Body language – slouching, turning away from the camera, over use of hand gestures etc
2 Habits – such as repeated words and phrases (even I have some! Yet I still regularly review myself in order to keep on top of it!) , a slip of accent, and/or bad language
3 Rehearsing – As any performer will tell you, rehearsing is the best way to improve your performance. You will find your weaknesses and strengths this way and your findings may even surprise you! Try to practice interviewing friends or family members. You may think you are cool and fully prepped, but once it’s “lights, camera, action” things can always change.
Have you ever put a programme on and half way through listening to the presenter you’ve zoned out? It might be that they were not engaging enough to hold your attention. A way to ensure you are captivating as a presenter is to let someone neutral watch your videos and then review you.
You don’t have to be a professional filmmaker or TV presenter to take these steps. Recording is all for your development and making improvements. Having a conversation with a camera is very different to interacting with people in the flesh! You will pick faults the first time after reviewing yourself but remember it’s a process, and that’s why we are here to help!!