A big portion of what you see on TV provides entertainment, gossip, easy money (depending on how you define the word) and some mild form of exploitation.
I did not write these points with the intention of tarnishing anyone’s reputation. These are based on my first hand experiences of watching a talk show and a noon-time variety show in the Philippines.
- Eat prior to the recording. Trust me a one hour show takes more than three hours of recording. You can also opt to bring a candy.
- Set aside your pride. Be yourself, but a bit sillier than usual. So you entertained the whole nation by losing all self control and in your opinion, this very well deserves some compensation right? After all, you have given in to the dark side otherwise known as participating in a TV show. Well, yes you will get paid but with fake money. Still, I encourage you to participate because (!) you will trade that fake stash of cash when the show’s on commercial break or when the camera’s not focused on you.
- There is some exploitation involved. For the sake of raking in higher ratings, the show would create entertainment at the expense of kids or the aesthetically challenged. I don’t know how this is the perfect concoction for entertainment, but usually it results in the audience roaring with laughter.
- Watch out for blinking red lights because that’s the camera being used at that particular moment. So don’t flash a smile every time you see a camera directed towards you, unless there’s the blinking red light. And if for some unfathomable reason, you want to avoid your face being exposed on TV (Why are you even there?), then avoid the red light at all costs.
- The studio set appears more massive in the tube than they actually are (same case with people).
- Actors are actors for a reason. They have the ability to express a certain emotion and portray different personas on cue. However, when the film stops rolling or when it’s on commercial break, most of them use that time to review their lines, so have the decency to just let them be. Ask for photo-ops after the show’s finished.
- Be nice to the camera men because your compiled 15 seconds of fame (at most) will depend on their perception of beauty and charm, and how seemingly amiable and warm your personality is. Trying to look you best might be the best tip for this.
- Have fun because really, you wouldn’t want to look like a stoic, lost fool on national television. Take the “applause” sign seriously and always be on your toes! Let’s consider the possible humiliation that you might experience thanks to the internet. That nano second of what you consider exposure will possibly reach a whole new time dimension meaning, that little exposure might be spread across time and (cyber)space.
[I originally wrote my points in numbered form but changed it to bulleted form at the last minute to make the incoherent paragraphs less obvious. Ha ha.]