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Tony
Your site is so great, it makes researching the business sooo much easier having all the info in one place! thankyou thankyou thankyou.
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Hi Tony!
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Tony,
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TV Hosting

What is it?

TV Hosting is the art of actually conducting a show or program on television. As the host you would be the person who coordinates the program, its guests and or content. The host is the central point of reference of the show. As a general rule television hosts are presenting the program that they are working on as themselves. A very important part of being a TV host is having something in your skillset, (your special skills, your life experience, your personality) that will set you a part from everyone else.

Your uniqueness is important. Feeling comfortable in front of a camera, improvisational skills, ear prompter and teleprompter skills and extrovertedness are important characteristics to have if you want to consider hosting.

When training with someone to make you ready to go for a job on TV your individuality will be encouraged and cultivated. Producers and casting directors are not really looking for carbon copies of who is already hosting other shows, although they do look for similar types. For example, they might be looking for a host who has a similar style and look as a host on another program. It is for this reason that classes will address everything from simple, cosmetic issues like your posture or where to direct your attention to far more complex techniques that you can set about to achieve over a greater period of time. Television hosting is something that you can get better at over time as you grow into your own personality and thus your own personal presenting style.

The Rules

Like any aspect of the entertainment industry tv hosting has a whole myriad of rules and codes and conventions that must be learned and then adhered to. Being a television host can mean being on anything from a Good Morning America morning style show, a music video channel, a game show, a reality show, a lifestyle show, infomercials, a panel-style program that discusses current affairs and so on. Taking some classes with someone who has an expertise in television hosting will help you refine and polish the TV host within you so that if the right project should come along you will be able to step in with the skills that you have learnt and will be a fierce contender!

Finally, it is very important to note that you don’t have to have a burning desire to be a dramatic actor to be a host. You just have to bring your own special spin on things to the table in an open, clear, articulate and presentable fashion.

Here are some other related pages you might find helpful:

Read this exclusive interview with television host Evelyn Vaccaro.

Tips for starting out as a television host.

Auditioning for the hosting job.

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