Monday, July 19, 2010

Got Any Tips For TV Interviews?

Tomorrow I get to go on live TV with the Good Morning Texas Show.  I spent the weekend shopping for clothes, and now I am taking the afternoon off to think about my talking points and pack up my display samples. This morning I surfed the web a bit for TV interview tips. A lot of what I have found is the same stuff my publicist friend Kelly Kitchens has told me to do.  Kelly is a sweetheart and she and Lola will both be going with me in the morning to help me carry stuff in and root for me behind the scenes.

When the producer for the show contacted me she said they would want one spokesperson from Art Paw and I would be on with another artist.  I thought to myself how much more natural I would be if I had Lola up there with me under the lights. Oh well ... I figure I can handle it, I know how to tell my story after all. In a passing e-mail with the producer I asked who the other artist was. I then looked the artist up on-line and fell in love with her work and e-mailed her to see if she would like to do coffee.  I knew that if we met and had some sort of connection I would feel a lot more relaxed the day of the shooting. It turns out we are practically neighbors, and we chatted over coffee like old friends. I even went shopping at the mall with Suzy on Sunday. Suzy Moritz-Rawdin strikes me as a real go getter and an artist that does not sit around waiting for stuff to happen, she makes things happen.  She is a talented artist so be sure and check out her website. July is turning out to be a great month...  in addition to having a great PR opportunity I have a fun new artist friend that is heavily involved in the local arts scene.

Here are the top 5 tips I found today For TV Interviews ... crossing fingers I can do them all with ease. Wish me luck! And if you have your own tips or TV stories to share please leave a comment!
• Look at the interviewer (not the camera).
• Move your head, move your hands, and move your body.
• Focus on only three message points, and be conversational ( don't memorize stuff).
• Brainstorm likely questions.
• Kelly told me to just relax and remember not to talk in any sort of sales-pitch speak ... this should sound like a fun lively conversation and not a commercial.

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Manon Doyle said...

Fantastic, Rebecca!! I've done a couple of tv shows because of my eyelashes....don't Anyway....don't wear white or black because it drowns you out. That's the only tip I have!! Good luck!!

Rebecca Collins said...

Thanks Manon, and you do have stunning eyelashes:)

AutumnLeaves said...

Fabulous tips for those who might one day have such a fun chance too! Knock 'em dead, Rebecca!! And so good to have met and made a new artist friend!