Choosing to pursue a career in news broadcasting is an excellent choice for both new and seasoned actors. Why? No matter where you are on the journey, you’re bound to do well, but have the same things to learn. Whether you’re opting for a small local station or wanting to take it bigger, you are given the chance to get in front of the camera.
Even seasoned actors can have a difficult time in front of the camera. They can feel anxious, nervous or forget their lines and character. With this option, you’re being fed lines on a teleprompter, and your character is basically yourself. However, it’s still vitally important that you get comfortable in front of the camera. You do this through applied practice, acting classes, and literally - time in front of a camera.
Here are a few more tips and points to consider when wanting to become a news anchor:
- As a news anchor, you'll definitely need to be able to think on your feet. The anchor needs to be able to listen to what’s happening and then relay the information to the viewers in a clear and timely manner.
- You'll need to be an information gatherer. Some anchors, especially at smaller news stations, are used to finding and reporting their own stories. This looks great on your resume and impresses your supervisors as well. They may do everything from find the story to write the script and then deliver it on air. That involves a lot of grammar awareness and writing ability, which for this position is highly necessary.
- One thing to note, is that many news stations do require you to have a Bachelor’s degree. If you have one, great! If not, experience where the requirements are lower, may be your best option. Call around to your local and favorite stations and see what they require. Ask to volunteer at the station. Get to know the ropes and schedule. Understand the new territory you’re looking to jump into well, before actually jumping in.
Don't get overwhelmed! This is all attainable with the right training, preparedness and plan. At the New York Acting School for Film and Television, we provide coaching and classes for everyone from beginners to seasoned performers.
If you are newer to acting or just want to try out your skills at news broadcasting as a news host, be sure to talk to us about our TV News Broadcasting & Hosting Class in New York City! We can't wait to hear from you!