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On-Camera Tips

 

You can use these tips to shine on stage and on camera!
 

   

On Camera Tips


Clothing  

  • Your outfit is not what you want people to remember about your television or personal appearance so please dress appropriately.
  • White shirts reflect too much light so choose a subtle color like light blue or beige.
  • Choose an outfit that looks good when you are standing and comfortable when you are sitting. Remember that cameras are sometimes placed at low levels so slacks, knee-length or longer skirts are recommended.
  • Refrain from wearing distracting trims like large bows or numerous ruffles.
  • Remove pens and eyeglasses from pockets.
  • Avoid small, high-contrast patterns or lines such as herringbone or bold checks and plaids. Solid colors with a colorful scarf or tie look great.

Color  

  • Mild or pastel colors and subtle patterns work best under television lights.
  • Avoid pure white and black clothing, as they make skin tones appear harsh.
  • Bright reds and oranges sometimes "bleed" or smear on television; avoid them.

Accessories  

  • Avoid shiny, reflective jewelry; it reflects light and can damage cameras or create a flaring effect.
  • Choose solid colored accessories or ones with simple patterns that don't appear too busy.
  • Keep jewelry simple so it does not make noise when you move your head or body. 
  • Avoid dangling earrings which can distract viewers.

Makeup  

  • For women, use foundation and lipstick to help keep you from looking tired or washed out.
  • Don't wear dark, heavy makeup colors because television tends to create unnatural shadows.
  • For men, shave before appearing if you have "Five O'Clock Shadow" or use a powder close to your skin tone to lessen the appearance of your beard.
  • A light powdering on balding heads can prevent shiny spots as well.

Body Language  

  • In order to appear confident and comfortable, be sure to smile and avoid nervous fidgeting with pens, glasses, change in pockets, etc.
  • Be aware of your posture and keep your shoulders relaxed and both feet on the floor.
  • Maintain eye contact with your interviewer even if someone else is talking because the camera is still on you and you may be appearing in the shot
  • Continue to participate in the conversation by using body language to show your interest.