How To Succeed In TV Presenter Auditions
TV presenter: the dream job? If it is yours, then VideoJug aims to help you on your way to realizing your dream. Watch this video for essential advice on preparing for TV presenter auditions.
How to succeed in TV presenter auditions. Okay, quite a tricky one. You need to get the job.
That is the ultimate goal of the audition. You're going to be up against probably quite a few other presenters, probably ten or twelve at least. When you go for the audition, you need to have already researched the show.
You need to know what other presenters have already been booked. Maybe it's a show that's ongoing like Blue Peter for instance, then you'll need to know exactly what the presenters stand for, what they're about. They're a little bit more adventurous, they'll go abroad, they'll risk things, they'll do stunts, so you need to make sure you have the right personality for the job and if you haven't, you need to make sure that you show parts of you that look like you do.
Because of course, a good presenter will be versatile and will be able to do quite a few different types of shows. So make sure you're prepared. You must research.
Also try and research the producer or director that you're meeting because they also have a background. They will have booked presenters for lots of other shows in the past. So try and, you know, know what they are about.
So for instance, when you meet them, you can say I really love that show that you used to do and so on. Sometimes, that can come across a bit smarmy but at the same time, that does show that you're very professional and you've done your research. When you go for the presenter audition, the minute you get a phone call or your agent does, ask if there is a script.
Sometimes, I know girls have not asked for a script and they turn up and realize other girls were emailed the script the night before. If you do have a script, often you're not expected to know it completely word for word. You need to know the gist of the script.
Sometimes, producers and directors don't like you to change the wording. So for instance, if it's a presenter role but it's a TV commercial role, you're not really allowed to change the script because it's timed word perfectly for the length of the commercial or the infomercial. So, think about that.
Sometimes if you change the wording of the script as well, the producer and director might think you're quite arrogant, so be careful. But then, sometimes they may want you to so it's a very fine line. When you go for the audition, be nice to everybody.
Don't have some sort of mental competition with the other girls that are already waiting in the room as they go in before you because you don't need to, that's just going to give you negative energy. Don't think about anybody else. Go with your mum, go with your friend, just have fun, sit on your phone, listen to music, so that you're in the right frame of mind when you go in and meet people.
Always shake hands with people. A lot of girls don't do that because you think you're on the back foot, you're a bit nervous, but go in there as if you mean to get the job and shake their hand. Also remember that the people auditioning, you want you to be good.
They don't want to spend another day having to set up another audition. They want one of the ten or the twelve girls coming in to be amazing. You could be that person.
So, look them in the eye say “It's really nice to meet you. Thanks for your time today”. Shake their hand and introduce yourself.
Then when you do the audition, make sure you know the technical jargon. So for instance, the earpiece - try to have already gained experience in a television company so you know exactly how the earpiece works. You may not even be going for an audition where you need to know that.
Try to know some of the technical jargon like foldback feedback. Make sure you've googled everything there is on how to be a good TV presenter, but just be warm and friendly. Also think about what the set is, wear the right colours, don't wear patterns, don't wear white, and don't wear lines or squares that are going to strobe on camera.