How To Become A Talk Show Host/TV Presenter

It could be someone’s dream job to become a talk show host/TV presenter. It is quite something to be able to host a show and become famous, the way Oprah Winfrey, Jay Leno and Ellen Degeneres have become. However, it is also true that there is one in a million chances of someone hitting the jackpot and getting selected to present a show. There are many takers here and only if you have what it takes will you be lucky enough. Here are some of the things that you might want to look at.

The Education

Basically, talk show host/TV presenter jobs don’t need any special qualifications. However, having some qualifications won’t hurt at all, especially since there is so much competitiveness all around. A degree in communication skills will help. You could also look for a degree in journalism; even that helps in increasing your chances. Other degrees that you might want to consider are specialised degrees in drama and media. But these degrees can only take you so far. There are many other things that are needed of a talk show host/TV presenter.

The Personality

It is very important that you have a good personality because thousands of viewers will be watching you if you become a talk show host/TV presenter. It is worthwhile if you can take up a personality development course. You could also take up language classes because you need to have an impeccable hold over language. Learn things like diction and pronunciation, but at the same time also focus on enunciation, because it is not just what you say but how you say it that matters as well. Work on the way you walk and dress and conduct yourself if you want to be a good host/presenter.

The Eagerness

To be a talk show host/TV presenter, you need to have an unflagging determination. You aren’t going to find these jobs easily. You will have to apply to a lot of places and get in touch with producers of TV programs and several TV channel offices. If you have it in you, then you will get an audition and after that you have to make it work.

The Energy

One of the most important things that producers look for is the amount of energy they can infuse in the shows they present. You need to be an enthusiastic person with an infectious amount of energy. You should be able to make a crowd happy and react to whatever you are saying. You will need to work on your people presentation talents as well.

These are some of the things that can improve your chances of becoming a talk show host/TV presenter. You cannot develop most of these things overnight, but if this is a dream you cherish, it is worth making the effort.

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Hey there this is a fantastic post. I’m going to e-mail this to my pals. I came on this while exploring on aol I’ll be sure to come back. thanks for sharing.

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Great site, Natalie. I came across it researching info on talk show hosting!

Gloria Grisham
January 26, 2012 10:15 am

Please give me advice on how a matured woman at the ripeful age of 50 would become a TV Host… I admire my baby boomers generation who inspire celebrity’s like Oprah. Is it to late to try, even if its a taste of T.V. host… where can i go in Las Vegas, even as a volunteer. I want to live a dream just once in my life.


Ms. Gloria E. Grisham (GiGi)

Hi Gloria. Thank you for your message and it’s never to late to become a TV host. Never give up on your dream. Maybe you could contact some local TV stations and enquire about training as a host with them or volunteering or what about finding a local TV host to mentor you. I’m sure they would be willing to help. Let me know how you get on.

great stuff you have put out here, i love it. am a young man working hard to get a show on TV . i have finished shooting the pilot . cant i get some advice on what to do next?

Hi Reginald. Thanks for your comment. Feel free to email me and I’ll do my best to help.

I’m 15 and I dream of becoming a sucessful TV Presenter in the quickest way possible
I know its not going to be easy but I wanted to ask whether I have to enroll in a presemting school or should I just get a lot of work experience?

Hi Alima. I have never used a presenting school so I can’t really comment on them. I am sure they would give you some good advice but my suggestion would be to just get out there and do it and network with as many people as you can.

where can we find the luck to work as presenter

Theko Thabang glen
July 17, 2012 6:33 pm

Natalie I’m 18 years old,how can i achieve my dream to become a Tv presenter?

Hi Theko. It takes alot of perseverance and hard work but I am sure you can do it. Try and get as much work experience as you can and keep practising. There’s alot of competition in the TV industry but it is possible to break through. All the best.

According to my school mates, i was a good newscaster at high school. I was contacted a week a go to create a content for arts tv show that is expected to be hosted by me. I am still confused on how to go about the whole thing. I really want to host the show, and i want to create a rich content for it. I need your advice. My email is Please let us talk via email. I’m Awaal.

Lennox mhlongo
August 3, 2012 7:36 am

Im 17 years old i have done many local show event asking questions the Dj at back stage . . Im young men looking for any jobs interview at back stage , tv host and tv presenter thanks . Help plz


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Hi Lennox. Take a look at which I am sure can help you.

Please,am courageous, eloquent, fast, and above all intelligent,i think and feel i have all that takes to host atv show.i even have a planned programme,i would like to bring out,but i don’t know what to do,no support,no producer,no guide what should i do please!!!?thank you.

Pleasew help me out,with all that you can,for it is my heart desire.god bless you amen

Hi. Please email me at and I’ll see if I can help.

Hey Natalie, it has always been my dream to become a TV Talk show host, I contacted one of the local TV channel Presenter and she said to email her the pilot, and i really did not know what a pilot is, could you please explain to me, what a pilot is, i had already written out everything that will be discuss during the talk show on an episode basis and also to let you know i do not have any Tv experience and i have never been on TV. Please what do i need to do.

Hi Natalie, thank you for your wonderful advise. It is my DREAM to become a TV Host, I am finding it very challenging, I have tried everything. I even have a fantastic treatment already put together. is there anything you can do to help me? I am travelling to Las Vegas in Nov and I am hoping to find a tv course to attend. please I hope to hear from you. Thank you for your time.

hey Natalie, my name is Debbie 25 years and i want to become a tv presenter but im very shy tpye and i have the affection of becoming a celebrity please advice me on what to do to take away the slyness in me to be bold n confident so that i can be able to host/present and do it very well thank u.

Hi Natalie,seen some of your replies to people,I’m Esther from Nigeria,my dream has always been to become a Tv presenter but its very hard to get one here in Nigeria,I really love to talk.but please I need advice on how to become a good presenter.I don’t knw if you can help

Hi Esther. Thank you for your message. I offer a course which helps you with becoming a presenter. Feel free to take a look at it at

Fadhili shomary
January 13, 2013 9:23 am

My name is fadhili shomary and i’m 20 yrs old my dream is to become a great radio and tv presente in our country and other country.i’m very talented in presenting..what should i do?

Hey there its rohan i m 18 years old my dream is to become a tv show vj or presente . I hv done a presente’s work many times in my school as well as in my collage . Plzz tell me wt should i do to get promoted to a higher level like a vj of a tv show . Plzz help me

Thank you Natalie. This is making my day already.I have been shortlisted for an Audition be be a Television Presenter, a Co-host for a TV Program in my Country. I really did not expect that i would even be shortlisted and i don’t know what it entails because i really would want to do this but i’m really nervous. Please help. Thanks

Congratulations on your audition. That’s great news! Feel free to check out which gives you some great tips on presenting/hosting a show.

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