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Where to Look during a TV Interview

Learn if you should look into the camera during a TV interview from media coach TJ Walker in this Howcast public speaking video.

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Should you look at the television camera during a TV interview?

Now there's a big mistaken notion out there that, "Oh, I'm on TV. I need to play to the camera." No. You are far better off looking at the reporter talking to you rather than a camera.

Look at it this way. You have a lifetime of experience looking at human beings when you talk to them. You have very little experience listening to a human being in a room talking to you, ignoring them, staring at a piece of machinery.

So, it's harder for you to do it. Also can look awkward. Because here's the thing about TV. If you're ignoring the person talking to you and you're staring at a camera you never know when there's another camera on you showing you staring off into space.

And if the reporter or anchor is right next to you and you're ignoring that person and you're staring off into space it can look weird.

So, the easiest thing to do is just to look at the reporter. Unless it's a situation like right now. There's no reporter in front of me so I had to look at the camera.

You may be in a situation where you're interviewed by a reporter or an anchor in another city through satellite so you've got an earpiece. In that case, yes, you would look right at the camera.

Anytime a reporter or cameraman or producer or camera operator or floor director tells you to look at a different place, "Look over here now," I would follow their advice.

But absent them giving you specific instructions otherwise just look at the reporter and you can't go wrong.

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