How Do I Be A Children’s TV Presenter
If you really want to be and are passionate to become the next big children’s TV presenter, you have stumbled into the right place! This post is written by Guy Lambert; a Children’s TV Producer who has produced for Disney, Nick Jr, CBBC, Tiny Pop and ITV. He’s worked with a huge number of presenters including Jake Humphrey, Dick & Dom, Sam & Mark, Angellica Bell, Ed & Oucho and most recently the brilliant Luke Franks.
How Guy started in the media industry
It all began back in 1996 when I was lucky enough to blag my way into a week’s work experience with Sky One Productions – that lead to a full-time runner job, and soon I had convinced this small department to let me write and produce all sorts of short-form programmes. My break into Children’s TV came in 2003 when I wrote and co-produced Disney’s Raoul’s Summer with Raoul for Dandy TV. Within a few months I was working for CBBC where I stayed for nearly seven years, producing the ‘broom-cupboard’ links between the shows. Now I work for both Nick Jr’s Wake Up World and for Tiny Pop’s continuity links. I also run a blog, offering advice to aspiring presenters, and have written two books: ‘How to Succeed as a TV Presenter’ and ‘Presenting for Children’s TV’.
Guys Top Tips on how you can be a Children’s TV Presenter
1. Know your subject
It’s amazing how many people contact me to say “I want to be a children’s TV presenter”, yet seem to know absolutely nothing about it. Quoting programmes you watched as a kid isn’t good enough: you have to know what your audience watch now. Plus this is vital research to work out where your style of presenting may fit.
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2. Know your audience
Although children’s TV is a genre, a children’s audience can be anything from a newborn to a 16 year-old. Few people think about which age-group it is they’d like to present for, so end up failing to impress producers who need to know. Work out what type of presenter you’d love to be and aim for that.
3. First impressions are vital
When you email a producer, your audition has already begun.
Your first sentence is vital. Don’t waste it by telling them about your degree or where you were born. Impress them quickly – tell them that you love the programme/channel they work for and briefly explain why you would be brilliant on it.
4. First shots are vital
Likewise, don’t waste time in your videos – get straight to the ‘meat’. Producers may only watch the first 10 seconds or even less, so make sure you blow them away with your first words. Starting with montages, photos, graphics, or even (gulp) out-takes is wasting their time and may result in them giving up.
5. Make videos – lots of videos
I’m amazed by how many people tell me they want to present TV, yet haven’t made a single video. You don’t need a camera-crew, and please don’t get a generic showreel made by one of those generic showreel companies (they look awful). Just grab a decent-quality webcam, iPhone or digital and get filming. Chris Johnson from CBBC was spotted on Youtube – you could too!
Fabulous post written by Guy Lambert – He’s a great man always willing to help others and one of the most genuine people I have met in the media industry. Take a look at his blog and get in contact with him if you would like more great advice.
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