Updated: Feb 2
How Do I Become A Children's TV Presenter
Many people who come to TV Training are looking to become Children's TV Presenters. Some are from various backgrounds from working in holiday camps, teaching, children's entertaining, vloggers, an expert in a particular field, actors and some are coming in completely fresh with no experience. Many people think you have to be 'young' to become a Children's TV Presenter but this isn't always the case, think Justin Fletcher & Jane Duvitski . If children can relate to you as a parent or even a grandparent figure this can be good.
Children's TV has many audiences from toddlers to teenagers so knowing is it CBeebies or CBBC your aiming for. You will require a show reel to show what you look like on camera and it should contain a variety of PTC's (Pieces to camera) which shows your personality and ability as a Children's TV Presenter and how you will engage with them. Items like; Make or do, singing and dancing, an autocue piece, storytelling or doing something talented like riding a unicycle which is what Matt Baker did when he sent his show reel to Become A Blue Peter Presenter. Try to think of something that makes you different and stand out.
You should also have a valid CBS /DBS which the case for most TV productions and a squeakily clean social media profile!!
Helen Sheppard is a BAFTA & 3 RTS winning BBC / CBBC director & producer. She has been BAFTA nominated seven times and we were over the moon when her hard work and passion for Children's TV got her a BAFTA for CBeebies' Get Well Soon Hospital which she was the producer and Dr Ranj was the presenter. Helen has been working in the TV Industry for almost 30 years and has directed programs including Justins House, Something Special, Gigglebiz, Swashbuckle & Art Attack
Helen is one of our media trainers here at TV Training Academy and runs some of our 3 Day Masterclass and her Become A Children's TV Presenter workshop. We caught up with her in our exclusive Presenters members area to find out what she looks for in a TV Presenter and her insight on the TV Industry.
Helen is also running the following workshops, a unique and valuable experience for any Presenter looking to have a successful career in the industry and work with a true industry expert.
1-1 Virtual Hour Sessions: During lockdown Helen is doing one hour 1 to 1 virtual career session via Zoom, Skype or FaceTime. These sessions are ideal if you're just starting out in the industry and need help and advice to get started or have some experience and need a career strategy plan.
Become A Children's TV Presenter Live Q & A Session: Next Date TBC
During the session Helen will give constructive and real advice on how to get into Children’s TV and what producers and casting directors are looking for in a presenter. She’ll cover the skills needed, where and how to get work and some of the common mistakes Presenters make when trying to break into children’s tv.
This is a unique and valuable experience for any Children’s Presenter looking to have a successful career and learn from an experienced industry expert with over 25 years experience.
To join the session and be notified of the next date, please sign up HERE.
Places are limited.
Become A Children's TV Presenter Workshop
Helen's Become a Children's Presenter workshops currently have a waiting list. You can join by signing up HERE or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and you'll be notified when space becomes available.