I’m fortunate in that I get to work a lot on TV and in front of a camera and also speaking to large audiences at seminars and conferences around the world. This week I spent a day at The Spotlight Offices in Leicester Square, London meeting with other presenters and giving career advice sessions.
As one of the questions I get asked regularly is about auditions and getting work. I’ve put together a few of my personal tips:
- Be yourself – that’s why a company wants to hire you. Production companies aren’t going to waste their time meeting you if they don’t see potential from your headshot and/or showreel. Don’t turn up and try to be someone else.
- ‘Fail to prepare, prepare to fail’ – may be a cliché but it’s true – Be knowledgeable about the field/subject matter and show interest in it. A lot of presenting work is unscripted and not everything goes to plan so if you are able to chat effortlessly on a subject you will be a director’s dream.
- Be polite – It may sound obvious but not everyone is – if you’re likeable you’ll be more employable. (Please feel free to adapt this to everyday life too!).
- Be on time and be ready to work – Time really is money and you won’t get hired again if you cost a production company unnecessary overtime because you were late and/or weren’t prepared (see above).
- Dress for the job you’re going for. You may have a new cool dress and sky-high platforms but if you’re going for the job of a Current Affairs Presenter the director may find it hard to see past the outfit.
And GOOD LUCK!