5 Golden tips to get you started
Breaking into the TV and Social Media Presenting world has never been more exciting and achievable, yes it's competitive and may seem like a minefield, BUT if you have all your ducks in a row and are prepared to put in some hard work and dedication, you can make it happen - the truth is, (as the saying goes:)
"if you want to be a successful presenter and you aren't on screen yet - you simply haven't tried hard enough! "
We wanted to share 5 Golden Tips on what to start putting into action to kick start your presenting journey and career and make it happen!
1 - You The Brand ...
Start thinking about you being a brand and what you can offer to
a tv company, agent or your viewer.
Lot's of new job opportunities are now looking for "Experts who can present' which is great news if you start to look at what you can genuinely offer.
Do you have any expertise, skill or knowledge in a particular area or subject? If so, start thinking about how you can incorporate your presenting and personality style into your chosen area.
If you aren't sure, that's fine, start looking at programmes, shows and online content and decide what you feel best suits your style and personality and that you are passionate about.
2 - Create a showreel ...
A showreel is essentially a showcase video of you presenting various short pieces to camera that best show off your style and personality.
Think carefully about what topics to present, as these need to show your personality instantly. If you love entertainment stick to entertainment music and upbeat fun pieces, if its Kid's TV, keep with the Kid's TV theme, documentary or current affairs, then think about more serious themes. Although content is important - your personality is even more important.
Remember - a showreel is a tool to get you noticed and invited to a screen test/audition, therefore you need to hit the ground running with a short video that shows the very best of you in the first 20 seconds!
Keep your showreel down to 1 - 1.5 minutes only, and if whoever watching wants to see more of you, then they will contact you.
The truth is that your reel will likely only be watched for a few seconds - so make every second count!
You can always get a friend to film you on a camera phone and help, however if you feel you need direction and a more professional looking reel, get a professional company to help you - after all it is your chance to make a lasting impression and get noticed!
All of our Presenter courses include a professional showreel as part of the package we offer! Learn more about our service here
3 - Get noticed ...
You can one of the very presenters the industry has seen, however if you don't let people know you exist and that you can present well, then you won't ever make it happen... so make sure you think about where and how to market yourself.
There are some excellent platforms out there that specialise in promoting you and your showreels such as PresenterTube, StarNow and Mandy.com, these are great platforms as you can use your direct page link by copy and pasting when applying for work, also channels and agents will use these websites if looking for new talent.
Other video platforms such as YouTube and Vimeo are good, however as these art dedicated presenter directories, you won't always be picked up here unless you have your own channel, which brings us onto ...
4 - Create and build your very own YouTube channel ...
Many aspiring new presenters have been picked up and noticed by tv channel and agents via YouTube, this platform is not only a great way to present your own shows and topics, but also to practice your presenting skills - the more you practice the better you will get!
Self accountability is really vital and if you commit to recording 2 x 6 min shows per week on the same days and times then you can't help but get presenting the topics you like. Never worry how many followers and likes you get or don't get ! - You need to start somewhere - and it can lead to some amazing opportunities and if you get your target audience and content right - you could go viral and earn some serious money!
Building a home studio and getting great results is simple these days, all you need is a smartphone and a ring light - easily found on amazon for just a few pounds!
5 - Discover work
Many new presenters often ask whether they need an agent - the great news is that at the early stages of presenting, many entry and mid level presenting opportunities are readily available online, however they can be tricky to find if you don't know where to look.
Luckily there are some excellent websites dedicated to work opportunities and presently.com is great place to start.
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