by Nicolas Pinzon
Here are the two major hosting categories and some of their subcategories:
Entertainment Host: This category requires energy, charisma, and the ability to think quickly on your feet. As an entertainment host, your number one priority is to have fun and “entertain” your audience. Openness and an adventurous disposition can be a huge plus. Good looks can also be important, though not a requirement. Some subcategories that you might want to consider if you think that this hosting type describes your personality are Game Show Hosting, Travel Show Hosting, Kids Show Hosting, Music & TV Presenting, Daytime TV Presenting, TV Shopping Hosting, and Showbiz Hosting.
Expert Host: In this category, credibility is important. Expert hosts should be entertaining and charismatic in their own way, but with the ability to explain complex ideas clearly and to talk about a particular subject with knowledge and confidence. Some common subcategories for expert hosts are: Cooking Show Host, News and Current Affairs Presenter, Weatherman/woman, Religion TV Host, and Business, Corporate, or Legal Host. These hosts can be show regulars or invited consultants who are called on to give their “expert” opinion about a specific current event, case or occurrence that is being discussed on the show.
Needless to say, many of these subcategories cross over from Entertainment to Expert and vice versa, for example a Travel Host or a Cooking host. And that’s an important thing to keep in mind when approaching these professions, there is no set formula to what a TV host is, and there is no definite recipe or personality that works for every type of hosting show.
At Award winning reels, we understand how to accentuate the particular host type that you want to be, and we will work with you to build a reel that showcases your individual personality and style in a way that also caters to what industry professionals look for when they look for a host of that category.
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