TV hits are weird and wonderful, but a little scary if you’ve never done one. Over the next several weeks, we want to demystify the process by outlining every step. Let’s start at the beginning with how you can prepare for the interview and what to expect from the producer.
Here are the top 5 things to know:
#1 – The producer will reach out to you a couple hours before your hit via email– they will include the topic, but not the questions.
#2 – Once you know the topic, it’s likely the producer will expect you to respond with your point of view. We suggest you not offer too many details– no need to write out your talking points verbatim and hit “send.” Please know that if you include a clever phrase or two, the host may use it in their intro to your segment. If you’d like to use that clever phrase on air, refrain from including it in your email.
#3 – The topic is subject to change, so be flexible.
#4 – If the producer offers car service, accept. This way you don’t have to worry about parking your car or navigating public transportation.
#5 – Thank you notes are not just appropriate for good hospitality and job interviews, they can also get you invited back for future TV hits.