In Part 1 of How To Become A Host we reviewed what it takes, the (3) T Core Values it takes to become a host.
-Think, Talk and Teach-
In this video I break it down to (3) Key Areas of connection every host needs to understand. TV Hosting is a Mind Mouth and Body Connection.
As a host YOU are the product, YOU are the story. There are no actors, no props, just YOU.
So in essence the same amount of work that goes into a production a play or TV show should be the same amount of work that goes into training yourself to become the best host possible.
That includes owning your mind mouth and body connection. In this video we teach you how to accerlerate your thinking (mind) and train it so your thinking become sharper.
Increasing your capacity to tell great stories involves keeping your mind clutter free by preparing the story bullet points as well as keeping ahead of the story.
Comedians are great hosts because they are consistently ahead of the audience with their jokes and painstakingly rely on hitting their bullet points precisely.
This is the same challenge a hosts faces. So how can you get your mind in tip top shape to face these challenges?
First eating protien rich foods is important. Make sure before each audition you eat and drink alot of water. These two factors can make a huge difference.
Then for the next five days:
Practice = Reading Aloud
This simple technique is the secret sauce for all my top clients. This will improve:
- Your Vocal and Verbal Power
- Diction and Pacing
- Vocal Stamina
- Thinking process
- Story telling
This excercise is like swimming. It works out every muscle you need to build strength as a TV HOST. Its the best overall excercise you can do
for your On Camera Speaking Career.
The results are immediate. Use this today to make a difference in your on camera reads tomorrow.
For more information: iDalisMedia.com
How do you become a host..well that’s a loaded question.
The question really is – Do you have the basic technical and core values you will need to become a TV HOST?
What makes a great TV Host?
Do you have what it takes to become a TV HOST?
Are you an advanced HOST already on the air..and have lost you drive for your career?
You need THE 3 T’s! The three core technical skills and values you started with!
- FAST THINKING SKILLS
- FAST TALKING SKILLS
- SLOW TEACHING METHOD
T-CORE VALUE #1 – Think
- Thinking on your feet
- Thinking and lifting text quickly
- Thinking your career all the way through
Next Video Part 2: what can help you accelerate your thinking process.
T-CORE VALUE #2 – Talk
- Passion to talk/ Curious mind
- Verbal Mastery/Sound/ Lead Conversations
T-CORE VALUE #3 – Teach
- Lead by teaching
- Leader of the community
Stay tuned for How to become a TV HOST PART 2
Watch the video to get the skinny on all of this!
And please make a comment and let me know what you think!!
And…Who is your favorite TV HOST and why?
by: Maureen Browne
Having a good reel is crucial to your hosting career. Good headshots and a strong resume will only get you so far. It’s your reel that Casting Directors use to determine whether or not they want to bring you in for an audition, or even better, a “general” meeting. I’ve cast several shows where I never held auditions – I only looked thru hosting reels to determine who I would then call in as a “callback.” Your reel is your calling card. If you don’t have one, make one!
Casting Directors have so much on their plates that they’ll determine in the first 15 – 30 seconds whether you’re right for their project or network. Yes, seconds! As a former Casting Executive at E! Entertainment Television and the Style Network, we’d receive hundreds of submissions, both in the mail and online. We’d devote time each week, ideally each day, to viewing the reels that came in so we could find the next Brooke Burke or Greg Kinnear. Thankfully we found Joel McHale.
Make sure you don’t waste these precious seconds with long montages. What’s a montage? Where you’re doing all kinds of fun stuff to show a casting director you’re daring or kooky. Don’t start out by saying your name five times either. We got it the first time. Put your strongest segments up front. Start with a good standup or two. Make sure it’s current footage of you, and we can easily identify who you are on your own reel. Are you the girl on the left or the right? If you’re the girl on the left, then don’t let the girl on the right do the talking on your reel.
Your reel should highlight your personality. It’ll make you different than the other hosts. And remember, it’s hosting and not acting. So be yourself.
Your reel doesn’t have to be long. Focus on quality rather than quantity. I’d rather see a good 1:30 reel than a mediocre 2:30 – 3:00 minute reel. A short reel may just be enough for me to call you in versus seeing too much and deciding against calling you in. Leave them wanting more!
I like interviews on a reel. You, your face, and even your body need to be in the shot so don’t just show a hand holding a microphone or the back of your head. Truth be told, most of us don’t really care about celebrities on your reel. Most people ask celebrities the same questions and the celebs have standard responses for them. There’s nothing too spontaneous about that. You can be even more creative doing a “man on the street” piece and you can show us your improv skills at the same time.
If you decide that you want to shoot your own footage, make sure the camera and sound quality are good and there’s proper lighting. And be creative. Think outside the box. Reels shot on Venice Beach, Hollywood Blvd. and in Times Square – they’ve been done hundreds of times. Show us something we haven’t seen before. Make it interesting so it sticks in our mind. But most importantly, show us what you’re passionate about so we can see who you really are as a host.
Hopefully you’ve found these tips helpful.
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