We sat down with A’adet Setat’s T.V. presenter, Rana Arafa who has 13 years of T.V. presenting under her belt. She gave us her five essential tips on the career and the lessons she’s learned through experience, hard work, and faith.
What do you do consistently for time management?
I put short-term aims and long-term aims. This actually started very recently, doing this has helped me as a person who is a T.V presenter, who gives workshops, who writes articles, who is a nutritionist and a mom! As to how I manage myself? I have a journal. This journal is my life! I have alarms on my phone. I also put priorities on what comes first and for everything else. Most of the time these things can get jumbled up but thankfully I manage to do everything which is definitely a good thing.
What is one resource you wish you knew about when you were starting out?
I’ve done nutrition courses and fitness courses. I’ve read a lot of books and I’ve made a lot of videos. The resource is me. It’s me and the people around me and what I see in people. If the public is not feeling well I’ll do a motivational video. If it’s winter time I talk about food and winter and how to lose weight and how to maintain your weight. If it’s on T.V, the topics I select are according to what I see. For instance, the last topic I discussed was about energy and Fung Shui in the house and this is all because of what I see around me, how some people seem discontent and how I can help them with positive energy.
What’s the best career advice anyone has ever given you?
Never look beside you. Never compare yourself to anyone. You can evaluate yourself and see if you worked well according to what your plan is or if you’ve achieved your target. Never compare yourself to anyone. I’ve always been in T.V. shows with loads of women. What has always ensured my success is the fact that I don’t focus on what the person beside me is saying or isn’t saying. I respect what the person says without comparing. If they speak too much or too little, if they get more screen time than usual that doesn’t concern me. Thankfully I’ve been applying this advice a long time ago and this has kept me going in this business.
What do you do to motivate yourself when you feel like giving up?
Well, this has happened many, many times. For instance, on a daily basis, I have my ups and my downs. But when my downs come I don’t have an option to feel down. I am a mother who has to be a role model for her kids. I am a person who God created as a miracle. So, I have to give back. The effort that God put in creating me, I have to give that back. I do that by taking care of myself and through being a positive person. One more thing I’d like to add is that I do believe that God placed us on earth for a reason. So, how can I give up? If give up whose going to carry out the purpose I was placed in the world to do? I am here for a reason. When I feel down I go like “Wake up! there’s no option to give up”, it’s just not an option in my life.
What helped you develop your on-air presence as a TV presenter?
Experience. I work with a lot of very good people. I believe that God puts a lot of good people in my life. Still, it’s all about the experience. I graduated from Mass Communication, this is my specialty. But the point is, what I’m doing is not what I learned in college. I learned the basics but experience taught me everything. Along the years I’ve learned from other T.V. presenters. I’ve learned to have my own style and about what the audience needs. When you’re live on-air, you’re too close to the audience, it’s not like a pre-recorded show. I’ve been a T.V. presenter for live television shows for literally the past 13 years of my life. So, the answer to your question is it’s the audience, the T.V. presenter, it’s everyone. The positive feedback I get from people makes me feel that this is the way I’m supposed to present.
Photographer: Khaled Marzouk
MUA: Rana Barsoum