Many people dream of having a career in broadcasting. But few people ever try to realise those dreams. Being on the small screen seems so abstract that we often forget that it’s a business like any other. And just like any other, your entry into that industry depends on skill.
But media does differ a little from other sectors. Often the industry can be more cut-throat. And it explains why media personalities are often quite anti-business. The competition is fierce because of how desirable are the careers on offer.
If you end up being very successful in broadcasting, you could land a contract worth $5 million a year – and possibly more. So how do you even get started in broadcasting?
The reason many people aren’t successful is that they rule themselves out from the outset. This doesn’t just apply to broadcasting of course. There are thousands of people ho never start businesses, never publish books and never go for promotion. And it all comes down to issues of self-doubt.
But the only way that you are ever going to succeed in broadcasting is if you apply. Not applying means that you’ve already ruled yourself out entirely.
The broadcasters themselves have picked up on this trend. They spend millions of dollars each year scouting for talent precisely because they know that few people will ever apply.
It’s so obvious when somebody is putting on a show for an audience. It’s not authentic, and it’s hard to love.
When people sit down in front of the television, they want to see personalities that are complete. They don’t want half-baked personalities that are fake.
Don’t hold parts of your personality back. Doing so hasn’t helped in the past and it certainly won’t in the future. If you want evidence that you don’t need to hold back on aspects of your personality, just look at presenters like Chris Packham. Here is a man who makes no secret of the fact that he loves every aspect of wildlife, down to every minute detail.
Get Real Life Training
There are now many organisations, like that run by ex-DJ James Petulla, that train you for a career in broadcasting.
Don’t learn about broadcasting from a textbook. Go on a course that actually aims to put you in a broadcasting organisation. Usually, these types of courses will organise for you to have a personal mentor who is experienced in the industry.
Create Media From Your Bedroom
In the age of YouTube, broadcasting from your bedroom has never been easier. Here we have a global platform that anybody can access for free.
If you have a particular interest, start developing a channel today exploring that interest. It’s great practice and refine your talents. And it will give you a good picture over time of what it is that people actually want from their media personalities.
Creating media online will also help you begin the process of networking. It’s a good way of meeting new people and getting help. What’s more, most people are more than happy to give out advice to help you.
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