TUESDAY TIP: Sunglasses in a TV interview. Yay or nay?
NAY. ALWAYS NAY. But let us explain…
Temps are rising, days are getting longer, and we’re finally moving outdoors – both personally and professionally.
What do we mean?
The possibility of a TV interview outside is a real and present danger in the coming months, and so we want you to be prepared. Over the next few weeks, we’ll highlight what to do and what NOT to do in front of the camera in the great outdoors.
Today’s focus is your eyes. Specifically, what NOT to do.
Q: “Can I wear sunglasses in TV interviews outside?”
A: “No. And here’s why…”
Obviously, this is an extreme example, but it proves our point. Though we understand that the sun (or any bright light) can be distracting, resist the temptation to keep those cool aviators on when the camera is rolling.
We know that wearing sunglasses makes your experience better, but it makes the viewer’s experience worse. We want to be able to make eye contact with someone, or watch people make eye contact with each other. It’s how we judge people’s character and the validity of their statements.
Leave the sunglasses at home, grin and bear it. And if the bright rays prove intolerable, ask the camera crew to move you to the shade.
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