If you’ve always dreamt of being on national television, dreaming of your big debut when you are presenting to the public then you need to read what infamous Rana Arafa, lifestyle T.V presenter has to say. She answers all the questions most budding T.V presenters are eager to ask.

How Do You Become a T.V Presenter?

Well, I believe that if you’ve got the natural born talent then you can be a great T.V presenter if you just did the following:

Study the Behind The Scenes

To be a capable T.V presenter who’s well-informed in front of the camera you need to know everything you can about what goes on behind it. That means you need to sit with a director, a camera person, a video editor, a lighting specialist and learn as much as you possibly can about each of their processes. This is vital for you to really understand how to be a great T.V presenter. You also need to be a reporter before you become a presenter live on screen.

Gain Knowledge

T.V presenting nowadays is not what it used to be. Before, people could listen to a presenter just talking about a topic generally. But today, with people’s fast-paced lives, everyone just wants to know the jest of things and move on to the next thing. So, you need to gain as much knowledge as possible about the content you’ll present to people.

A Positive Smile

Your audience doesn’t deserve to see you angry, upset or presenting your own point of view. Sure, there are a lot of political shows that are basically just that. However, I’m speaking from a Lifestyle perspective. Shower your audience with positivity and give them hope. A smile is contagious so if you’re always smiling your audience will smile while watching your show.

Learn to Listen

If you don’t learn how to listen right, you won’t know how to get the information you want from whoever you’re interviewing. You also won’t be able to figure out what your audience needs so you’ll end up not giving them the content they want.

What Do You Advise Aspiring T.V Presenters?

My biggest two pieces of advice I give any aspiring T.V presenters:
Surround yourself with the right people: You need to know that the people you surround yourself with are what will help you become as successful as you want. You need to be grateful for everything they help you with and make sure your relationship doesn’t get affected just because you’ve become more successful. These people are the foundation of your success and will help keep you grounded, so you never lost sight of what’s important.
Stay Humble: You have to understand that as a T.V presenter, your audience is who will determine if you’re successful or not. They are your most important yardstick to measure your success with, because if they love you then you’re pretty good at what you do.

How do you get comfortable in front of the camera?

First of all, you need to know that I personally still have that slight fear once the director says “3,2,1”, but the difference now is that my fear goes away right and I feel like I belong here. So, just know that you’ll probably forever have that initial taste of excitement. To get more comfortable in front of the camera I suggest:
1. Be as natural as possible. The more natural you are, the more you’ll find your place in people’s heart.
2. Befriend the crew around you. Those are the ones you’ll spend most of your time with and if you’re happy being near them you’ll feel more comfortable knowing they’re around you when you’re on camera.
3. Love the camera lens, because it’s your way of connecting to your audience and if you love your audience (which you will) then you’ll love the camera as well.

What Should You Expect When Shooting on Air?

You should expect that anything could happen. You could have a fire starting behind the guest you’re interviewing (on air) and you still act like nothing is happening because you have to do everything you can to make your guest comfortable. Your guest will need to feel this in order to talk with you and give you the content you want to get out of them.

How Do I Ensure My Guest Feels Comfortable on Air?

You can do so by
1. Reassuring them that it’s fine, they just need to talk and be themselves.
2. Maintaining eye contact with them.
3. Always smiling and giving off a comforting familiar vibe that they’re doing great.
4. Take it easy with the questions, don’t go firing them all at once, you need to make it feel like you’re having a converstion, not an interogation.