THE JOB that TV presenters do vary depends on the type of show they do. You can be narrating a documentary, reading the news, hosting a talk or game show, regardless of the niche, the overall general expectations from a TV presenter continues to be the same.
Expectations for TV presenter jobs may vary. Working hours in these job types are different with others. Say for example, pre-show preparation which includes meetings, research, script writing and rehearsal would take a few hours prior to the actual filming or broadcasting of the show. These, and possibly post show matters such as planning for next week’s broadcast, or deliberating on the next guests to invite to the show could add up to the actual working hours.
During the broadcast proper, the TV presenter should be attentive enough to communicate with the director and other production staff. They should be on their toes waiting for cues, while still managing to have the spotlight on them or on the guests, adapting to unforeseen events and anticipating the answers and behaviors of guests and audiences.
The main thing that employers look for TV presenters are your actual experience on the job and practical skills. Although additional qualifications such as the following would help you get a job as a presenter.
1. Knowledge in broadcast and media production
Since you will be working on and off the camera, a good knowledge on how media production runs would be to your advantage. It would allow you to adapt to the pace of the job and the capacity to flow with the ins and outs of the business.
2. Journalism, Media or Communication Studies
Similar to what I have discussed above, but this qualification gives you an in-depth skill of how media production works. It educates you on the ethics and moral codes of the business, how to handle sensitive topics and of course the broad overview of the whole industry as well.
The show will be broadcasted regionally, nationwide or internationally. This means you will become a public figure. As a public figure, you will be subjected to certain standards, quite often high and difficult to maintain. So you should always be at your best, in terms of carrying yourself and presenting yourself to others.
Presenters don’t just simply read from cue cards, they provide transition between the show’s segments, interview guests, communicate with the production staff while on air. It’s a high pressured job. Presence of mind and being sharp and intelligent is mandatory with this type of jobs.
In terms of the application process, here are the tips I have gathered based on my research.
Research the people on the program and their roles and responsibility. Email them with the knowledge of who they are and what can you do for them. Staying in touch, and genuinely being interested will help you grow your network and earn people’s recognition.
2. Specialized Resume
Your resume highlights your skills and strengths for a job. If you are applying for a TV presenter job, tailor your resume to highlight what you have that the show can use. This includes elaborating on your related work history, relevant degree or certificates as well as a photo so they could know if you are a good fit for the job. Submitting a resume may also include a short showreel to see your skills on the screen.
3. Open Auditions
Audition processes are normal things to go through when looking for a TV presenter job. This way, the production team could see how you work in action. You can check job boards and subscribe to newsletters for job openings.
4. Job Banks
Job banks or job boards tend to sort the job openings per category. It is also a hassle free way to apply for TV presenter jobs. As long as you have the profile, and updated resume attached, you can customize your email alerts to the job you are looking for.
In the end, it takes a lot of hard work. You have to work on improving yourself continuously and compete with other aspiring TV presenters. But surely, all dreams are worth fighting for right? Carry on doing all these things and for sure, you’ll land your dream job soon.