10 things to know before appearing on TV

If you or your client or boss is going to be on TV, you had better read and digest these insider tips.

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This lesson will help strip away some of the mystery by arming you with 10 logistical and technical details you’ll need to know.

1. Arrive early. Avoid unnecessary stress by allowing plenty of extra time. That buffer will be valuable if the producer, makeup artist, or crew is running behind when you arrive. Plus, you may meet some interesting people in the “green room,” the room in which you’ll wait prior to the start of your interview.

2. Bring makeup. Most major networks and some larger local stations provide a makeup artist. Ask in advance whether you will have access to one, but bring your own makeup and hair products either way, just to be safe.

3. Look in the mirror. Do a final check in the mirror before your interview begins. I’ve seen guests with lipstick smeared on their teeth, big chunks of food stuck in-between teeth, and even an open sore (yes, really).

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