Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Mailbag: Anchor tips

Grape,

If you had to give one and only one tip to a rookie anchor, what would it be? I'm about to make my maiden voyage on the desk.

Hmmm... only one? I'd have to go with "talk, don't read."  When you're just reading the prompter you have no "voice"... when you're talking naturally, you're bringing the viewer in.

It's not an easy skill to master. Many young people make the mistake of trying to have perfect diction and enunciate every word. They often come off as robotic. Talk the way you normally do on the phone, to a friend, etc. The more conversational you are, the more successful you'll be.


Dear Grape,

Are you spotting any new trends as far as hiring goes?

Actually, yes. I'm seeing clients get interviews when they never did before... during sweeps and around holidays. While most people get job offers and interviews after sweeps, it's no longer unheard of for someone to get a call during the middle of February or on Christmas week. When your tape is ready, don't wait. Send it.


Grapevine,

Are three year contracts really that bad for a first job?

If you sign one, you won't need to ask me that question in 36 months because you'll have been kicking yourself after 24.

There is absolutely no reason for a rookie to sign a contract that long. Two years is bad enough.


Dear Grape,

You have a lot of advice for reporters and anchors but I was wondering if there was a good site for those of us learning to shoot with tips on photography.

No, but a good photog friend of mine is working on a book that should be out shortly. I'll keep you posted.

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