As a lifelong musician, I’ve been performing since the third grade. Being on stage never seemed to shake me. But when I landed a gig on television as a morning television host, my eyes were opened to a whole new dimension of confidence and performing. For when there is a camera in front of you, and things are done LIVE, a whole lot more feels like it is at stake.
I’ll be honest with you guys. I’m truly a leggings or jeans wearing/flip flops over kinda woman at heart.
But that all had to change once I started my job as a television host on The Rhode Show. Suddenly I was googling things like “What do I wear on TV” or “How to Prepare for a Live Television Interview.”
I studied the videos of myself after each show, and can honestly tell you that my best days were all thanks to being very well prepared before I even sat down on the set.
I still am frequently on television here in Rhode Island, and have often shared some of my TV tips with friends who have been interviewed. I realized, however, that these tips might be something YOU would like to know. Because, who knows, maybe you too will one day find yourself in front of a camera! And hopefully after reading this blog post, you will feel prepared, bold and confident!
Being on television is exhilarating, but can also be a bit nerve-wracking. I find it’s best to plan things out as far in advance as possible. Usually, if you are asked to be on TV, you will have at least a week’s notice.
Use the week’s notice to your advantage, and plan to tackle some of these steps each day.
A WEEK AWAY FROM YOUR TELEVISION APPEARANCE: Prepare your physical body
Television is all about the visuals. It’s not like podcasting, or blogging, where one can hide behind a computer screen dressed in pajamas (I do it all the time!)
— Because it is a visual medium, you want to feel as confident as possible.
Now, I’m not saying drop 10 pounds within a week. You can, however, make sure that your face looks its best.
I drink a TON of water every day, especially because I’m a nursing mom, but I drink even more water if I know that I will be appearing on television in the near future. Water naturally helps hydrate skin, helps minimize breakouts, and makes me just feel all around healthier.
You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile
I also make sure to take care of my dental health, all year long, but especially leading up to being on TV. Seriously, if there’s one thing I could recommend if you’re on television or not -it’s to SMILE more. Smiling projects confidence. It projects warmth, and positivity. So be BOLD and smile a little more than usual (especially if you’re in front of a camera!)
To keep my mouth on fleek, I brush twice a day, and have been using LISTERINE® Total Care every morning. LISTERINE® Total Care helps prevent cavities, restores minerals to enamel and strengthens teeth, all of which are incredibly important to my pearly whites.
I especially enjoy using it since I’m always interviewing someone who will need to stand or sit quite close to me. I need to make sure that my breath smells clean, and LISTERINE® Total Care actually cleans the whole mouth and freshens my breath. There’s a whole selection of LISTERINE® brand products to choose from at CVS. You can learn more about LISTERINE® by checking out their Facebook, Twitter, or Youtube pages.
A week before your scheduled appearance is also a good time to start practicing any makeup or self tanner that might be needed or used.
Gentlemen, you may not want to hear this, but it’s actually a good idea to wear some powder on your face or top of your head if you are bald, to reduce shine. Studios can get VERY hot because of the bright lights, so a matte look actually looks normal through the television.
That being said, the bright lights can often wash out a natural face – so ladies – feel free to put on more self tanner, bronzer, blush, and lip color than you normally might wear. Ideally, you’ll want to open up and bring attention to your eyes, so curl your eyelashes and wear a great dark mascara.
I find that the audience is incredibly drawn to smiles and eyes – so if you practice the week before your appearance, you’ll be in good shape!
A WEEK AWAY FROM YOUR TELEVISION APPEARANCE: Practice
THE DAY BEFORE YOUR TELEVISION APPEARANCE:
Lay out your wardrobe
Prepare your body and mind
It should go without saying, but try to get a good night’s sleep, and make sure you eat and drink well. Nerves can sometimes make people skip meals, but the last thing you want if you’re on air is to feel like you may faint.
Go to bed early, and set an alarm (or possibly two alarms if it’s an early morning appearance!)
THE DAY OF YOUR TELEVISION APPEARANCE:
Put Your Best Face Forward
Remember to add a bit more color to your face, as well as pressed powder to create a more matte look if you’re going to be under the bright lights in a television studio.
Get dressed, add some more hairspray to keep your locks in place, and try to listen to some nice music while you get ready.
Saying hi and introducing yourself to everyone will make you feel more comfortable on set as well. Feel free to ask them questions if you are confused at all. Remember, they do this job every single day, and no question is a silly one! You want to be your most confident and bold self, and they are there to help you achieve that goal.
Remember how I talked about smiling earlier in this post? Start smiling even before you get on set. Now’s the time to start showing off that smile!
Turn off your phone, and stow it away so there will be no interference during your interview.
When you are brought to your seat on set, be comfortable yet have tall posture. I recommend sitting on the front half of the chair or couch – you never really want your backside to touch the back of the seat.
Ladies, if you are wearing a skirt, try to cross your legs either at the knees or ankles.
Take a couple of deep breaths when you get into your seat. The rest of the room will be full of busy activity, so just take a moment to breathe, and smile again. You are almost there!
Relax and take your time answering your questions, and speak at a normal pace.
Have fun during the interview, try to stay positive, use enthusiasm in your voice, and don’t worry about shaking hands at the end.
So there you have it! If you follow these tips, you are sure to have an amazing interview on television. Above all, enjoy yourself, and be proud of your work!
Have you ever been on television before? What was your experience like? Would you add any other tips to this list? Let me know in the comments below!
Talk soon, friends!
If you’d like to see some behind the scenes footage, here’s a fun video my friend Corey Welch made on one of my days back on the show!