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How to Succeed in On-Camera Hosting: Part One

There is more on-camera hosting work now than ever before.  Disney, Nickelodeon, and others that cater to children and families often hire children, kids and teens as hosts to better engage their audiences.  Hosts help to put a human face and engaging personality on the products and services companies are trying so hard to perfect and sell.  In this video acting lesson, B.J. Lange from 3-2-1- Acting school for children and teens.  Find out how to succeed in on camera hosting and book more jobs!

Everywhere you look, you’ll see examples of professional hosts and on-camera hosting.  On television, online, and even between feature films, digital content is packed with on-camera hosts.  Among these many examples, you’ll see a great range of looks, ages, ethnicities, body types and speech.  It takes all kinds to host!

Casting for on-camera hosts often tries to match the host with a particular group of people or target audience.  For instance, the Disney Channel targets or tries to appeal to children and parents of young children.  You may notice that many of the “how to” or “preview” promotional shorts and in-house commercials on the Disney Channel, Disney Junior, and Disney XD star kids and teens or are hosted by kids and teens.  These young hosts walk the viewers around a set or guide them through a series of interviews and explain things in easy to follow, friendly language.  And they weren’t born doing it, either.  Everything they do are practiced skills and techniques you can learn yourself in on-camera acting classes for kids and teens in Los Angeles or your area that specialize in teaching hosting.

All this hosting going on means great things for on-camera actors.  While there continues to be a need for Live Event Hosts, the breadth of new media means on-camera professional opportunities abound now more than ever before.  Host “types” are as varied as the many websites, channels and shows you see online, on cable, on demand, streaming, and on television.  With most of these media sources, hosting is also an international calling, which means there is room and demand for a great range of looks, accents and languages.

As B.J. says in the video acting lesson (and knows from his own work experience) the key to booking as an on-camera host is personality.  You already have a personality of course.  Everyone does.  Successful on-camera and event hosts cultivate a host personality that has several consistent elements:  clarity, energy, and confidence.

For clarity, hosts are careful to pronounce names and products properly and practice their overall enunciation, making all the sounds of a word.  Estimates vary on how many muscles humans use when speaking, but the consensus is that it takes a lot of muscles to talk.  Tongue twisters, vocal warm-ups and just reading aloud will help keep you toned and ready.  Just like athletes, hosts need to warm up, exercise and stretch the many muscles of their trade often.  A regular routine of whole-body exercise will also help with your breathing and stamina for hosting jobs.

Energy and good humor helps hosts communicate enthusiasm, and enthusiasm gets people excited to listen and join in.  Advertisers and companies hire hosts for exactly that reason, to excite target audiences to join in their services or buy their products.  Keep your own energy high with healthy diet, exercise and enough sleep.  If your “at home” personality is on the quiet side, that’s okay.  Most hosts cultivate professional personalities for the auditions and work they do that.  Like any skill, the more you practice, the better and more comfortable you will be at tapping your uniqueness for audiences, and casting directors, to see.

Confidence is contagious and always an asset in hosting, on or off camera.  Confidence gives a host authority to talk about the event or product they’ve been hired to represent.  Confidence comes from practice.  Get out there and get talking, auditioning, and find an acting class that helps you pursue your dreams and realize your on-camera goals!

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VIDEO TRANSCRIPT:

Hello, I’m B.J. Lange.  I’m one of the instructors at 3-2-1- Acting Studios in Los Angeles.  One of the classes that I truly love to teach here at 3-2-1- Acting Studios is On Camera Hosting because I’m an on-camera host.  My experience has brought me through both sports casting for the World Series of Video Games for CBS Sports to hosting Maxim Spring Break in Panama City Beach, Florida. 

And being an actor is not necessarily like being a host.  If you say you’re a host, you could be doing live events, or like emcee work.  You could be doing TV show or game show hosting or being a narrator for a show.  Live events and spokesperson stuff is also considered hosting.  Someone who does direct response, things like infomercials, that’s also a host.  There’s a lot of work out there that’s available for people who are hosts.  Hosting is another skill in your bag that you’ve got to be able to utilize.  And if you ask me, it’s all about your personality. 

As we wrap up here, I want to make sure that you get your practice on at home.  You’ve got that camera, you’ve got your brothers and sisters, you’ve got your family who can sit there and watch you.  Record stuff, put it up YouTube.  People who are subject-matter experts become YouTube celebrities, and you might even get called to host your own show.  So, get your practice on.

You can visit us more at 3-2-1- Acting Studios dot com or Top Hollywood Acting Coach dot com.  Thanks so much for watching.  I’m B.J. Lange.  On behalf of all of your friends here at 3-2-1- Acting Studios in Los Angeles, good bye. 

 

 

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