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How to Hold a Show? The Art of Hosting

Sep 25 2017

The relationship between performance and video shooting is significant. In front of the camera, performance is akin to a show, where the host needs an attractive appearance, a good physique, and excellent eloquence. All these elements fall within the realm of performing arts. In essence, a host needs to be likable to win the audience's favor.

As a performer and a vital focus of the entire program, a host plays a crucial role in guiding the show. How to engage the audience in the theme, facilitate open communication with guests, and manage interactions smoothly without overshadowing each other are vital aspects. The answers to these questions constitute the highlights of a successful program and should not be overlooked. In the context of video shooting, the role of the host or spokesperson becomes crucial. Despite lacking these skills, continuous learning and practice can transform you into a seasoned professional.

To delve into the topic, here is our analysis of captivating an audience in a show. The following tips serve as reminders:

You should:

  • Rehearse your script as much as possible. Read it silently to understand the content and articulate each word clearly. Practice reading it aloud privately, familiarizing yourself with the text. Then, rehearse in front of the camera and record it, optionally using a teleprompter. Keep trying and review the playback to enhance your learning.
  • Watch the playback with others, acknowledge your shortcomings, and find ways to improve your performance. Avoid a mindset of gain or loss; constructive feedback enhances your abilities. Observe professional anchors and hosts on television, paying attention to their performance, speaking style, gestures, posture, and breathing techniques.
  • Practice, practice, and practice! Reading various scripts during practice sessions gradually enhances your skills. With each rehearsal, you'll gain familiarity and build confidence to face the challenges of the next performance.
  • Wear clothing with safe colors during filming to prevent moiré patterns. Avoid high-contrast, dense stripes, velvet, and herringbone patterns, as they may cause visual disturbances on camera.
  • Avoid bright red and orange colors, as they glare on camera. Opt for solid colors or low-contrast striped jackets or patterns. Light blue, pink, cream, or dark red shirts are usually preferred to pure white.
  • Research how other hosts dress on camera. Once you gain confidence, gradually develop your style.
  • Maintain eye contact with the teleprompter or camera while recording. If you're familiar with the script, avoid staring at the teleprompter. When looking at the camera, adopt a natural and confident attitude. Eye contact is crucial in conveying confidence and assurance to the audience.

You should avoid:

  • DO NOT wear clothes that match the background color in a virtual studio setting, which may cause the person to blend into the background.
  • DO NOT feel discouraged when receiving suggestions. Remember, you're here to learn, and practice makes perfect.
  • DO NOT constantly move your body back and forth while reading the script, appearing restless on camera.
  • DO NOT fidget with your hands, a pen, or other objects in front of the camera.
  • DO NOT forget that you're part of a team during a shoot; respect others and collaborate to achieve common goals.

There are numerous books and resources available to help you improve continuously. Select materials that suit your level or follow online influencers to understand how they have built their unique brands.

To become a public figure, overcoming the fear of performing in front of the camera is crucial. Mental adjustment is the key to success because countless eyes are scrutinizing you. Embrace the learning process, don't fear making mistakes, and consider every experience as part of your growth. Ultimately, when you stand on stage and shine brightly, you'll be able to laugh off the challenges faced during countless nights of practice.