How can I present myself well on television?
January 6, 2004 4:46 PM Subscribe
I need some advice on how to present myself well on television. It seems that this has become a (very unwelcome) side effect of my current job [details thither...]
posted by contessa to media & arts (15 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Here's the situation.
I work in a smallish town, for the local government. I work on a project that gets a lot of press, both due to local interest and my department-boss' constant pimping of it to the media (print & TV).
I have 3 people above me. The top most (the pimper) likes to set things up but rarely is around when the media comes knocking. Directly below her is my longsuffering next-higher boss, a sweet man who is absolutely paralyzed in the face of a TV camera. My direct boss, well, quite simply, is fearsomely ugly, which is why I suspect he's not thrust in front of the spotlight.
I'm comfortable speaking with the media and not entirely racked with the fear of screwing up, but I *hate* being on camera. I suffer through it because really I have no choice, being the bottom of the totem pole. To make it somewhat worse, these things are usually sprung on me at the last possible moment -- as in, "Oh, by the way, Channel 8 is coming by in around half an hour." Then the cameras show up and they all high-tail it out of there, except for our media lady who's really only there to make sure the interviewer doesn't ask any controversial questions. This has happened perhaps 4 times in the last two months.
Does anybody have any experience speaking in front of a camera? Is there any way to do this without looking like a complete doofus? Should I wear a ton of makeup? I am not in any position to refuse this task.