Q: Is TV Presenter Training Important?
Updated: Aug 19, 2019
...Making a success of anything requires help and guidance to get started and TV presenting is no different.
TV presenter training is something that many people may think you don't need and being a TV presenter is all about, "just being yourself" ? Well while it's true that, "being yourself" is essential as everyone else is already taken, there is also no substitute for training and practicing in the right environment as often as you can.
“You get one chance to make a first impression”
This is a quote that I have taken from a lecturer at my University, who told us this on the first day of my teaching degree many years ago, and it's one piece of advice I've held on to ever since, and it's something that any aspiring #TV presenter should always remember. Whether you're walking in to a screen test, a meeting about a possible job or stepping in front of a TV camera, people will instantly start forming an impression of you based on those first few seconds, and ideally you want it to be a good one!
TV Presenter Training Can Help.
Walking in to #television studio or #screentest for the first time can be a daunting experence, so you want to take away as much of that doubt and fear as possible. This can only be done through normalising the situation and arming yourself with the skills needed, so you can say in your head, "I got this!"
Professional footballers have spent many hours in the lower leagues and playing in the reserves before they get their first taste of Premiership football, and the same is often true of TV presenters and actors. It's very rare that a famous and successful A-lister is a true, 'overnight success'. More likely they will have been learning their craft and gaining experience for years on channels and in films that may have only reached a comparitively small audience.
The advantage of that, is when the phone call comes for the 'big break', they're ready !
Getting TV jobs is all luck though right ?
“The harder I practice, the luckier I get!”
There are many slight variations on this quote, as there are ideas on who said it first, but it's definitely true when it comes to being a presenter. The more training and experience you can get in the right environment the easier to will be to 'get lucky', when opportunity comes knocking.
TV presenter training can help you look down the barrel of the camera lens and feel confident with the sound of your own voice, and this confidence can only come through having been there before and knowing what you are doing.
But it's out my hands anyway...
Television as in life is definitely a case of "it's not what you know, it's who you know". Although having said that, I believe that's only true to a point, as if you want real longevity in a presenting career, then you will definitely also need to be able to do the job well.
Television presenting requires many skills and these can only come through practice and experience, so by giving yourself a head start with getting the right TV presenter training from the off, you're already putting yourself in a great place.
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