There’s something about television that’s awe inspiring. That doesn’t mean you have to be nervous each time you’re on TV. I have a simple solution.
When you do your first TV interviews, do them on tiny, local, cable stations. These are often called “community access” stations. Many times these “stations” are little more than two chairs and a camera in a temporarily vacant office or classroom.
Why do you want to do your first interviews on these stations? Because nobody will be watching you.
Doesn’t that defeat the purpose of getting the interview?
No, it doesn’t. In fact, you should do three or four of these interviews before you start moving up to larger stations.
The reason for this is simple. You want to get experience in front of a camera before you move up to the “big time”. A few interviews on these small stations will give you plenty of experience. If you’re nervous, stutter a little bit, have dry mouth…it doesn’t matter. No one was watching.
One of the worst things that can happen to you is to have your first TV interview on Ellen. I don’t care who you are, you’ll bomb! You’ll also lose a golden opportunity to cash in…BIG TIME!!!
On the other hand, if you do a few interviews on the small stations, then move up to bigger and bigger stations, when Oprah finally does call, you’ll be ready…and you’ll stand a great chance of hitting the jackpot!
Doing interviews on TV is a heck of a lot of fun. But, like anything else, you need just a little bit of practice to get the most enjoyment (and profit) from the experience.
Can’t you just see yourself as a TV star? Think of what your friends, neighbors and family will think of you!
More next time.