Sunday, January 31, 2010

TV Colours

It's a good idea to have an outfit ready, in case of a last-minute television interview.  When a newsroom calls and wants you to speak on-camera, they usually give only 45 minutes to an hour notice. 

When putting an outfit together for this type of situation, take note of the colours.  Clothing to avoid includes too much white or black (unless it's a shirt underneath a blazer, for example).  Stripes or small zig-zag patterns do not translate well to video; they create unusual wavy lines, which distract viewers.  Anything excessively shiny may end up looking terrible.  Muted, conservative colours are best.

Look in the mirror before meeting the crew as well.  Is your hair sticking up?  Any crumbs on your face?  Ladies, wear some makeup, but don't pile it on, or else you'll end up looking like a clown.

For more tips on how to prepare for an on-camera interview, email VanMedia (contact information below).

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Back to School

Ever notice, when looking for new work opportunties, that a new technology or skill pops up repeatedly?  For example, when looking around for videography gigs, I often see HD or Blue-Ray terms pop up.  For photography, clients want special lighting, Photoshop-ing, and website-ready pictures.

There are easy ways to upgrade your skills.  The Vancouver School Board's Continuing Education program runs year-round.  Some businesses hold private courses in the evenings or on weekends.  It's easy to learn at home as well, with the plethora of on-line tutorials and manuals.

The times are a-changing -- and fast.  Keep your skills up to date and you won't lose!

Monday, January 18, 2010

The New Year

January of any new year is exciting, for goal-making reasons.  It's a reminder for you to look at where your career is headed, and what steps you will take this year to make things happen.

Dust off old to-do lists from 2009; review the steps and see if you took them.  If yes, congratulations!  If there are steps leftover, determine which ones you can and can't do.  Understand your time limits, and cross off any unecessary tasks.