TV Hosting Basics 101 - The Academy of Film, Fashion & Design

TV Hosting Basics 101

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Course Information

If you have ever considered a career in hosting on TV, the shopping channels or even the red carpet, then this course is what you are looking for to start your TV hosting career. Melissa Hall, former Miss MN USA and professional cheerleader turned commercial and infomercial actor and live on air guest for shopping channels in the US and Canada, will teach you the fundamentals of hosting, provide real world examples and share her secrets of failure and success to get started in the TV hosting industry. She will elaborate the purpose of the host and what types of hosting there are so you can find what type hosting is best suited for you. Melissa will start off with how to engage your audience, then give auditioning techniques and tools to practice to land your next hosting job. Next, she will go over how to give the best interviewing techniques and then portray how to interview a guest and connect with your audience. She will also talk about how to co-host. Melissa will later go over discovering yourself as a brand and marketing and show how to sell a product.

What you will learn in this course –

  • Intro of how to host. Your look, unique personality and headshot.
  • How to host, interview, and audition
  • Speaking-How to stay engaged and be authentic
  • Captivating the audience, it’s not about you.
  • Keeping it simple, how not to over talk, think quick keep short
  • Listening- core skills of how to listen
  • Body language-how to incorporate, being in the moment
  • Examples of what to do, and what not to do
  • Practicing-How to rehearse
  • Research
  • Story telling
  • Building relationships

Meet our expert

  • Melissa Hall a/k/a Melissa Little

    Melissa has been in the entertainment industry for over 15 years. Her career started as Miss MN USA, she was a professional cheerleader for the MN Vikings and MN Timberwolves. Melissa has been featured in national commercials including Buffalo wild wings, Natures Bounty,  Zaahn Mattress and has hosted national fitness infomercials.  She is currently a live on air guest for shopping channels in the US and Canada. Since 2014 she has generated 22 million gross in fitness sales. She resides in Florida with her husband fitness guru Hall of famer, Tony Little and twin boys.

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