By John Burke
The world of television hosting sure has changed over the last few decades. Long gone are the days of cheesy game show hosts with bad hair plugs and super white teeth awkwardly chuckling while delivering bad jokes with a distant interest.
Luckily times are different so you can say “hello” to adventure, travel, ghost hunting, cooking and lots of fun!
This welcome transformation of the television landscape began, really, in the 1980’s when cable invaded every neighborhood in America bringing with it an explosion of programming and new ideas of what could be.
Along with this revolutionary wave of creativity, came the need for young people who could facilitate a good conversation and carry a show. A new kind of host. Hip. Aspirational. Curious. Knowledgeable, yet open. We all wanted our MTV!
Today of course, the television landscape continues to expand but the need for good hosting has taken a yet another turn. Now, a certain pedigree and lots of good training are what’s needed to take advantage of the incredible opportunities that currently exist.
These opportunities range from interviewing top celebrities, fixing and flipping houses, sideline reporting for major sports events, morning shows, dance competitions, talent shows, and live corporate events, to on location adventure reality game shows and much, much more. The chance for the chance of a lifetime through television hosting has never been better.
But as in everything in life, the need for good training and expertise in the hosting world has never been higher. Sure, big celebrities are still offered “shiny floor shows,’ because they are simple, fun and lucrative but by and large, if you’ve ever wanted to become the next Oprah, you’ll need to fight for it.
It is, however, an endeavor worth fighting for. Because of the sheer number of channels now available to the mass public, television production offers a wide array of experiences for any talented and well trained host who might be even slightly interested in getting paid well for what he or she often does for free.
The professional host makes it all look so easy. He’s always in control (even when he’s not), the audience trusts him, he listens and is immersed in the genre with passion. A good host is told by a producer what must happen, but a great host is so free with his talent that he or she MAKES it happen. Always ahead of the game, yet completely in the moment, the great host is vulnerable and honest while being completely absorbed in his or her guest.
This sort of expertise does not come by accident. It comes through understanding, practice, and training. For the host who cares enough to understand what he or she brings naturally to the table, is open to getting great first rate training tips from a pro and practice these things consistently, the possibility of a lifetime of passion, fun and discovery await…along with a lucrative paycheck!