Thursday, August 30, 2007

Wanna be an Entertainment Journalist?!

Get off your ass.. send a CV to every news channel there is in this country and start brushing up on your language skills. Its important you know how to ask a celeb the questions they don’t want to answer!

ok, hate to be vain here but reality check. You're not on radio …you're not in print. In television, looks matter! Keep in mind that some one has to be subjected to actually watching you on screen. Sure, you don’t need to look like a pageant winner (if you do, great! Gimme a call!)…but being presentable is a good thing. You’ll realise a lot of stars warm up to you a lot more if you don’t smell like something that should’ve been thrown out with the trash! And the whole era of nerdy entertainment journalists has died.. I think the viewer expects some gloss. Give ‘em that!

If you’re doing hindi..there’s no excuse for asking “aap ko kaisa lag raha hai!”. The in joke is that…you could be interviewing someone for a film release, a rape victim, someone who cracked their spine while having tantric sex..and the reporter would ask “aap ko kaisa lag raha hai!”. I'm sure there's a better question to ask!

This is personal opinion really. Others might tell you a journalism degree helps but my take on this is simple.. ACJ is not going to teach you how NOT to be distracted by Rakhi Sawant's breasts while she’s giving you an interview! There are something things you only learn on the job…and this is one of those! Plus think about it..you could study for 3 years..then you’ll join as an intern..when honestly in the media no one gives a damn about your degree… might as well impress them with your work rather than your marksheet!

The couch exists. I’m waiting to be offered something! ;)Communication skills matter. Being camera friendly helps. And its important you find someway of making yourself stand out. Because if you’re like all of them… they’re not going to remember you. That said, this job is really about having fun.. if you're not going to enjoy entertainment...might as well cover stocks!

7 comments:

nessi said...

hiii paras the web page is great... really waitin for it since a long time good u brought it up....

nessi said...

well am on the stock side of journo really trying for that or i guess i ll end up being a weather gal;)

acetrump said...

have'nt read the content of your "dot in" but kinda dint like the layout. A wordpress account would work gr8 for glossy journalism. Packaging too is very important wen u do a PR :-)

Alesea said...

Well...casting couch..yes it exists...and i have faced it so i know it..dont worry u will be offered stuff soon...lolss..well liked ur blog...pacy writing that has an immediate impact..kkep up d good work

Omi said...

Correctly said,to be presentable is important,not only boost your self confidence but also shows that you care for the people around you.
Every one has a personality but only few makes a lasting impression.

Anonymous said...

You have really great taste on catch article titles, even when you are not interested in this topic you push to read it

Anonymous said...

I am not going to be original this time, so all I am going to say that your blog rocks, sad that I don't have suck a writing skills

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