iDalis De Leon Hosting

Anatomy of a Great TV Host

With 25 years in television I know a little something about the demands placed on..on air talents. The thing I really got from being a “talent for hire” for so many years and in teaching the process of speaking for the camera is that it’s really  a Mind, Mouth and Body connection.

Your body serves as a container for all the energy the mind creates with thoughts, and delivers to the mouth for expression of these thoughts.

Here is the Anatomy of a Great On Camera Host.

  1. An Uncluttered Mind- Preparation- both before and in between On Camera Performances  minimizes stuttering, ums. uhs, and brain stalls. A great host has a well fed brain (protein rich foods) as well as a clear understanding of the content they are presenting.
  2. Peripheral Vision- A great hosts owns the content, they can be in the moment but also see what’s ahead. A great host is ahead of the words and sees the bullet pointed ideas they are about to present in their peripheral while still being present. The key is to be engaging but have an energetic urgency toward the information you are about to share.peripheral-vision
  3. Flexible Mouth- Verbal mastery is the reason so many radio hosts transition easily into hosting- Ryan Seacrest and Wendy Williams both had years of verbal training doing their radio shows before adjusting their acts for the camera.
  4. Strong Shoulders- An arched back and shoulders that are settled down and strong (not around your ears)  create a container for the energy that will flow.  Direct the energy toward your center and up through your eyes and mouth.arms-and-hands
  5. Arms & Hands- A hosts makes use of their hands to help tell the story with subtle gestures.  Bent elbows keep the hands ready, and you can clasp them when they are not in use.buddha-tree
  6. Strong Waist- Create a strong solid center. Very much like a tree trunk the bottom half of your body should be sturdy. The branches of your body (arms head and hands) will sway in the wind as you tell the story.

How to balance a TV Host career and an acting career – Part Two

Try the 80/20 approach- by T V HOST COACH / ACTRESS IDalis De Leon

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When I worked as a host, I was so happy. For a moment in time hosting made me happier than my acting work did. I worked as a music news reporter in New York for a season for a syndicated show called Music Scoupe. Little did I know I was perfectly being set up for my future gig at MTV Networks. My hosting work took off because I put all of my focus on the doors that were wide open. I walked through them and only stopped to prepare to walk through the next one. It was five or six years before the doors didn’t open as easily and that’s when the acting doors flung wide open.

Are you getting a lot of acting auditions right now and booking? Then pursue acting 80% of the time and submit 20% of the time for Hosting. Do you see a hosting audition and want to go for it. Then do it, if you get a call in, then its time to consider pursuing hosting more seriously. In order to do this correctly you need to have each store front set up. Meaning the window for each shop needs to have a sign and the lights on with a sign hanging that says OPEN. So that would be killer headshots, a great resume of credits and a killer reel. For example, at the networks when you are a TV actor auditioning for a series regular for a show, if you are also at the same-time being considered by another network show, they will force you to choose which is in “first position”. Meaning if you got both shows, which show would you ultimately do.

It’s the same when dealing with your double threat career. Put hosting or acting this week in first position and if one slows down in momentum, switch them. You may be able to breathe new life into your career and keep a steady stream of work, money and fans. Like I did. Twenty five years and counting.-☺ by IDalis De Leon