To be a good writer, presenter or a music jockey, you need to be proficient with the language. Unless you are convincing and are able to take your point forward, the best of scripts will not give you the results you are looking for
We have always debated on the most important quality required to enter the space of television, radio and writing. Most people have different views on what empowers you to remain at the top in this dynamic field.
The answer is very simple. To be a good writer, presenter or a music jockey, you need to be proficient with the language.
Unless fluency in the language of expression comes about you can never move up the ladder of television or radio. Most, if not all successful actors have mastered the ability of dialogue delivery coupled with powerful diction. Screen presence is all about how you deliver that shot. Expressions matter as much as pitch of voice. The skill of any reporter is gauged by his/her understanding and in depth knowledge of subject. And this can happen only by reading.
Unless you read you can never build up your vocabulary skills. Unless you have a strong dictionary of words in your mind, you will never be able to write fluently. Unless you write, you will never gain visibility. After all, a writer is known by the copies he delivers.
Television today has no time for retakes. If your language skills are not strong you will not be able to crack the audition. The screen test may require presentation skills but your two minutes of fame requires you to deliver quality.
Very good students have lost out on jobs in acting because of something that we know as stage fright. Facing an audience in a theatre is not easy and when you are in front of a large crowd that is looking forward to your performance, there is no scope for errors. Acting is so much about dialogue delivery that an actor who was considered too tall for Indian cinema is today the greatest. Amitabh Bachchan is not the best looker but even today at 75 is giving young actors in their 20s a run for their money because of his strong screen presence and dialogue delivery.
With so much to keep ourselves busy, reading today is taking a back seat. But unless reading becomes an important part of our lives we will continuously struggle with keeping ourselves afloat. Learn to build a huge dictionary of words. Watch dialogue deliveries, study radio presenters and in the process learn to ask questions. Unless we continuously evolve in our space, we will find ourselves getting bogged down with issues that need not be occupying a major part of our day.
Corporate houses today are looking for young men and women who can convincingly pitch to customers and the media alike. Language skills play a very important part here. Students are always encouraged to read. Books can never go out of fashion, albeit the medium can evolve. You can use the kindle or even your mobile phones to read. You do not need to be sitting at home with a book. Read whenever you have the time. Read what you like and understand what you read. Your language will start improving. New words will give you a better understanding of issue and your vocabulary will start building up. You don’t need to complete one novel in a week. You can take three weeks over that. But at the end of it, if you’ve understood what you have read, you have achieved what you have set out for.
Getting a job is easy. It is getting a good job that we are talking about here. Unless you are convincing and are able to take your point forward, the best of scripts will not give you the results you are looking for. Learn to love the language you are keen on moving ahead in. And both speaking and writing require you be a good reader. Trust me; the only thing that will move along with you is your education. And reading is the most critical part of ones learning curve today.
Mr. Diniar B Patel
Indira School of Communication