I’ve often been asked this question & I think it’s an interesting one.
What’s the difference between a professional event emcee Singapore & a Television or Radio personality taking on the role as an event emcee in Singapore?
Well, first of all, the biggest difference to me is the fact that when you host events live, they’re spontaneous. I have done some television shows & they were all pre-recorded, pre-scripted, monitored, controlled & edited. Also, if I was not happy with the ‘take’ then we could stop filming, take a break, refresh myself with the script & start filming all over again.
When the event is ‘Live’, there are no pause buttons, you can’t press rewind & replay, so I really feel that this is one of the most obvious differences.
This is another reason why I believe it’s so scary for TV/Radio personalities to be thrown in front of a live audience. No scripts, no director, no editing & no chance to replay. This can be a very daunting experience, especially when they’ve been trained in one specific medium.
If the ‘live’ event is a straight forward hosting job, where the emcee only has to do introductions or make announcements, then I think that Television or Radio personalities would do well, especially if the event is scripted, and they only have to read their lines. However, when a client requires an event emcee in Singapore, then I believe that the client is looking for someone who has the requisite skill sets, not just to perform in front of a live audience, but to have the knowledge & expertise to tackle all the last minute challenges & unique obstacles that can & usually do present themselves when things are ‘live’, plus the ability to entertain, non-stop if necessary, for hours on end.
That is why I feel emcee’s from different mediums cannot all be lumped into the same bundle or expected to crossover into each other’s genres.
Conversely, for an event emcee in Singapore, like myself, I found that doing Television, Radio & Theatre work had to be tackled very differently from when I was hosting my own ‘live’ events as well. Perhaps the biggest challenge I faced, was the lack of spontaneity. Naturally, when you do theatre work, where there is a cast of people involved, everything comes under the watchful eye of the director, & there is very little room for improvisation. This is absolutely necessary, because if every cast member decided to do their own thing, then there’d be loose cannons everywhere & no-one would have a clue what the other members of the cast were doing. That wouldn’t make for a very good show.
So when I did theatre work, I had to learn my lines & songs, do exactly the same thing, night after night & so did everyone else in the cast. That way, the shows standards are consistent & the audience can be guaranteed of seeing the same show from day 1 to the end of the run. This is a good thing for theatre.
However for myself, I felt a bit suffocated when I did theatre, because my forte is ‘live’, & I love the excitement of the unexpected, not knowing what the crowd will do next & the speed with which I have to think on my feet!
That’s why clients need to think about the differences in performers because, just because we look good in one genre, it doesn’t necessarily mean that we can translate into something that looks similar.
Can you imagine the difficulties someone from a theatrical background will face if a client throws them in front of a ‘live’ audience & expects them to improvise & be spontaneous. It would be a nightmare for them.
Also Television and Radio are heavily scripted, monitored, controlled & edited. This is also necessary, because they are being broadcast to the general public & they have to be very careful not to offend.
In ‘Live’ events, as an event emcee in Singapore, when I host, nearly all events are private, invited guests only. That is why being a ‘live’ emcee allows us the luxury of taking a few liberties with the audience, & this bring in those special aspects of fun & play.
So, when it comes to “Event Emcee Singapore vs Television/Radio Personality”, in summary, it is impossible to compare. One is not better than the other, but clients need to recognise that they both require vastly different skillsets, even though we all look similar & we all come under the same umbrella of the ‘Entertainment Industry’.
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