Tips for Performing on Television

November 1999
by Brian Jud

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Television is the glamour medium in the broadcast industry, making you instantly recognizable to millions of
people across the country. As you can imagine, there is tremendous competition among people to appear on these
shows. Producers can choose from a wide variety of potential guests, and they want to be certain their choice
is a good one.

When you arrive at the television studio, you will be shown to a waiting area known as the Green Room. Once
you’re there, the producer or host will introduce him- or herself to you and discuss the general direction of
the show. Soon you will be led to the studio, and someone will show you to your seat.

When your segment starts, the host will introduce you. A segment typically begins with a close-up of the
host as he or she provides your background. The camera then moves to an establishing shot, showing the viewers
how the host and guest are positioned. In moments, the red light on your camera brightens and you’re on the
air!

Delivering Your Message
There are three major elements that control the way you are perceived by the viewers initially. These are
your physical features, clothes, and body language.

Physical Appearance: There’s not much you can do to change your physical features, but you can work with
them. Use makeup to hide or accentuate certain physical features. Most women use makeup regularly and feel
comfortable wearing it. If you are not familiar or comfortable with makeup, get assistance from a med…IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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