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How To Prepare For A TV Show - As A Guest Performer on Troy Cory Show - The Hollywood Beat Segment
By - Josie Cory

How To Prepare For A TV Show - As A Guest Performer on Troy Cory Show - The Hollywood Beat Segment
By - Josie Cory

When you have not been on a TV-show for several years,
even confident performers become anxious about TV interviews. Erstwhile interviewing skills are best sharpened by practice. Guest performers should prepare for the interview, set interview goals, be rested, relaxed, and listen actively to conversations and offer direct, concise answers to people he/she talks to, two or three days prior to the show. During this period, the performer should not hide failures, initiate financial discussions, or make assumptions about his/her success.

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How To Prepare For A TV Show - As A Guest Performer on Troy Cory Show - The Hollywood Beat Segment

By - Josie Cory

When you have not been on a TV-show for several years,
even confident performers become anxious about TV interviews. Erstwhile interviewing skills are best sharpened by practice. Guest performers should prepare for the interview, set interview goals, be rested, relaxed, and listen actively to conversations and offer direct, concise answers to people he/she talks to, two or three days prior to the show. During this period, the performer should not hide failures, initiate financial discussions, or make assumptions about his/her success.

Prepare for the TV Show

Guest performers should anticipate questions
and prepare his/her responses. The performer should be able to articulate his/her talents and skills and be able to state his/her accomplishments objectively. Guest performers should understand exactly what the Show host is looking for, be ready to analogy your abilities with the question, and gauge how well your knowledge fit the question, before answering. The Show host's experience and knowledge about you, your financial situation and special challenges, is a unique opportunity for you to express yourself.

Set interview goals.

Guest performers should prepare a few "key storylines" for the interview that will highlight his/her strengths. Then, no matter where the Show host leads the discussion, Guest performers can raise the important points that tell his/her story. Having these goals also will give Guest performers some control over the interview process. These points should be made as soon as possible in the interview -- because it's too late after the show is over.

Be rested and relaxed.

Guest performers should allow enough time to get to the TV Studio Set. If showtime is in the morning at an out-of-town location, the performer should arrive the night before and get a good night's sleep. To avoid added pressure, the performer should not book a return flight too tightly. An interested Show host might want to keep going, and Guest performers should not have to break off the interview to make a flight home. Guest performers should try to schedule the TV interview during the time of day when the performer normally are at his/her best. Guest performers should do whatever helps them relax before an interview, from exercising or meditating -- all the way to using visualization techniques.

Listen actively.

Show hosts appreciate attentive Guest performers. In addition, by listening actively, Guest performers can pick up helpful cues. For example, several questions about "How Did You Manage To Do It? or "How Much Money Did It Cost To Do It?"-- issues give a strong indication of the which way the topic of show is heading and the Show host's agenda, and give Guest performers an opportunity to showcase his/her strengths in those areas.

Offer direct, concise answers. Responses to questions should be brief and clear, but not monosyllabic or unfriendly. Guest performers should be ready to provide examples and supporting data, but the performer should not say everything the performer knows in every exchange. Open-ended questions are the norm in interviews, since the Show host knows the Guest performers' background from his/her resume and Bio. But open-ended questions are not an invitation to babble. Guest performers should listen to each question and gauge his/her response accordingly. Show hosts will ask for details -- if he/she wants to know more.

Do not dillydally about failures.

Rather than hiding your mistakes, Guest performers involved in a failed venture -- should focus on what the experience taught them. The performer should keep his/her explanations brief and positive, without criticizing or blaming others or speculating on others' motives or beliefs. Guest performers who feel the they must report on unpleasant circumstances, should make only factual comments that can be substantiated. Gossiping, spreading rumors, or lying about any aspect of his/her career or life, could permanently damage his/her credibility.

Do not initiate a financial discussion. Discussing How Much Money You Lost or Earned! -- during the last several year, is generally viewed as inappropriate. If asked about your current financial networth or expectations, however, Guest performers should always tell the truth about where they are headed in today's political trends. Although some experts recommend dodging any discussion of finances during the interview, this course of action is risky. Telling the Show host about your current income could limit your future, but avoiding an answer could appear evasive.

Do not make assumptions about whether you are doing a good job in answering questions. Every good Show host tries to make Guest performers feel comfortable, and some inexperienced individuals may misread the situation's cordiality as an indication that he/she's is off the "hot seat". The pleasant treatment Guest performers receive on camera is common.

No Television Show is a waste of time, even for a Guest performer who does not like them. Entertainers, as well as Company heads can sharpen his/her skills by accepting requests for interviews, even when they are not looking to promote themselves or their favorite project, as long as the performer discloses his/her level of interest in the subject matter of the Show. Show hosts are constantly looking for interesting guests for their shows, and most experienced artist, politicians and business executives are performers, and have great memories.

The TV Show you may be appearing on may not be a good fit for your talents, but another opportunity may develop from your appearance on the show, because no one knows who's watching. Keep a positive outlook whatever the outcome of the TV Show. Even if nothing happens, the interview experience can enhance a person's money-making career and life. Engaging in TV Show interviews will broaden one's scope as a performer -- and as a person.

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