Kathryn Wolfe leads Presenting for TV at The Actors Centre, an open course which teaches the skills and technique to present your own work and audition for a wide variety of TV presenting jobs. Here, Kathryn writes ahead of her workshop on 7 & 8 March to discuss what participants can expect from her course.
How can you talk to a camera and make it seem real?
So, you can just about handle talking to a small crowd, give prepared presentations at work, and use Skype to communicate with family – no problem. But now you’re staring at your camera, wishing you hadn’t accepted that request to self-tape a TV presenting audition -- or, you bitterly regret volunteering to record an online video for your company.
“Just look into the camera,” they said, “and talk for about 2 minutes.” Hang on, did they say ‘look into the camera’? This goes against your acting training and sets your heart pounding. Your panic is beginning to mount. “This is feeling weird. My face has frozen. What am I going to talk about? What’s my character? And where’s the script!”
Keep calm! Talking to a camera is a learned skill, and Presenting for TV provides expert guidance. This 2-day intensive course is for beginners and people who need to talk to a camera for any reason – from mainstream TV to YouTube.
Presenting for TV will give you plenty of recording opportunities to practise skills and participate in a wide range of practical exercises in a variety of genres.
This popular workshop has been running at The Actors Centre since 2004, training dozens of highly successful presenters who can be seen on BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Sky, QVC, and online channels.
- Relaxation and overcoming nerves – important so that you look comfortable in front of camera.
- Posture and breathing – good posture gives you authority and enables you to breathe deeply.
- Talking to camera naturally.
- Evaluating your performance so you can continue to develop.
- Writing and memorising short scripts – the bread and butter of TV presenting.
- Speaking to time – key for live TV, but also important in recorded TV.
- Being interviewed – being the expert is a way into the industry.
- Conducting an interview – again, bread-and-butter presenter skills.
- Reading Autocue – how to talk to the viewer using a prompt.
- Walking and talking – often used in exterior shoots.
- Vox pops – great for thinking on your feet and confidence.
- Shopping channel demo – a popular source of employability.
- How to break into the industry – frequently asked questions are answered.
- Professional expectations – learn how to take your skills to the next level and find out what is expected of you in mainstream TV production.
You will record a variety of pieces and receive plenty of feedback, and will receive the unedited recordings of your work after the workshop.
Presenting For TV is open to Actor and Industry members as well as non-members and runs 7 & 8 March. Click here to find out more about the workshop as well as booking details.
About Kathryn Wolfe
Kathryn Wolfe is a highly experienced presenting tutor; for more than 15 years she has devised and taught short courses in TV presenting across the UK, coaching hundreds of TV presenters and launching countless careers, through her company Pukka Presenting. Originally a BBC trained TV director Kathryn’s directing credits include BBC’s Breakfast Time, Record Breakers, The Clothes Show, Teletubbies and Tweenies, and from 2006 - 2018 she was Course Leader Television Production and Senior Lecturer Media Performance at the University of Bedfordshire. For the past six years Kathryn has been part of the chosen juries to select award-winning BAFTA presenters and programmes.
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