To ensure the strongest on camera performance or speech given through a teleprompter, we highly suggest sending these important Teleprompter Tips to your client in advance of the shoot day. Please enjoy!
If you’re going to use a teleprompter, here are Mike’s Major Teleprompter Tips to always keep in mind.
Mike’s Major Teleprompter Tip #1:
Sometimes in a speech or throughout particular dialogue you speak louder..
Sometimes you speak softer…
Sometimes you go a little faster…
Sometimes a little slower…
And other times you stop and think about what you are saying and pause.
Using these five steps throughout your speech will make you sound conversational and become a lot more interesting to watch. The teleprompter operator will be forced to follow you, instead of you trying to keep up with the teleprompter.
Mike’s Major Teleprompter Tip 2:
DON’T FREEZE UP!
Always remember to stay relaxed and be as natural as you would be, in a normal person to person conversation. Sometimes when a speaker or the talent is nervous in front of a teleprompter they freeze up, stand still, freeze their body and we as the viewer watch the persons eyes play a game of ping pong.
Now that’s how we can tell you are reading off a teleprompter. In order to avoid all of that, the key is to continually move your head, move your hands, and move your face as you normally would speaking to a person standing right in front of you. If the rest of your body is moving, your eye movement will become a lot less noticeable and you will look a lot better on camera.
Mike’s Major Teleprompter Tip 3:
BUILD YOUR COMFORT LEVEL
Ask to rehearse with your teleprompter operator. Get permission from the director or DP on set, to get a feel for what its like to effectively read from a teleprompter. Ask your operator to take sometime to go over the lines with you, adjust the font sizes on the diplayed screen, so you can concentrate on the delivery of your performance, rather than worrying about reading the words correctly.
Mike’s Major Teleprompter Tip 4:
A PERFORMANCE & SPEECH TO REMEMBER
Making a mistake and mispronouncing a word or name is generally no big deal. Trust me, don’t sweat the small stuff. Instead, the important thing to always remember is to try and get people to remember what you are talking about. Confidence, practice and an experienced Teleprompter Operator on the other side of the camera will be the ultimate combination for a memorable and successful speech or performance.
Mike’s Major Teleprompter Tip 5:
SMILE YOURE ON CAMERA!
Connecting with your audience is as simple as a smile. A smile creates a positive attitude that is captivating to watch. Sometimes there may be content you are deleivering that doesn’t call for it and that’s okay too. The point is to keep the speech and on camera presence interesting. The smile will also help create passion and energy. So don’t be afraid to turn yourself up a bit. Not always in volume but in emotion and you will certainly become more interesting to watch and become more connected to your viewer.
High profile clients I have worked with include:
Chloe Grace Moretz
CEO of Clear Channel, Bob Pittman
CFO of Clear Channel, Rich Bressler
CEO of American Express, Ken Chenault
CEO of Hess Corporation, John B. Hess
CEO of Radio Advertising Bureau, Erica Faber
VP of Brand Marketing for Sharp TV, Mark Vilken
President of Warner Brothers & Consumer Products, Brad Globe
NBC News Reporter, David Ushery
Fox Sports Reporter, Krista Voda
Renowned Chef, Dominque Ansel
Broadcast Marketing Manager for Geico, Amy Hooks
The Breakfast Club, Power 105.1 NY Radio
Executive Director of the Theatre Development Fund, Victoria Bailey
President of the Off-Broadway League, George Forbes
Carly Rae Jepsen
Margaret Qualley, star of HBO’s “The Leftovers”
Uzo Aduba, from Netflix’s “Orange is The New Black”
Sarah Paulson, Emmy Winner and Broadway Star
Linda Lavin, 2 Time Golden Globe and Tony Award Winner
Tracy Letts, Pulitzer Prize Winner
Billy Magnussen, Broadway Star
Josh Lucas, Broadway Star
Shuler Hensley, Broadway Star
Anthony Rapp, Broadway Star
Mary Testa, Broadway Star
Michael Starobin, Broadway Star
Joe Carroll, Broadway Star
Lily Rabe, Broadway Star
Hamish Linklater, Broadway Star
Laura Osnes, Broadway Star
Kathryn Erbe, Broadway Star
Corey Stoll, Broadway Star
Nikki M. James, Broadway Star in “The Book of Mormon”
Vincent Piazza, Broadway Star from “Les Miserables”
Andy Karl, Broadway Star as Rocky Balboa in “Rocky”
Anika Noni Rose, Broadway Star from “Raisin in the Sun”
Steven Pasquale and Kelli O’Hara, from Broadways “The Bridges of Madison County”
Adam Jacobs and Courtney Reed, Broadways Aladdin and Princess Jasmine
Celia Keenan-Bolger and Brian J.Smith, from Broadways “The Glass Menagerie”
The President of The “DGA” Directors Guild of America, Paris Barclay
Renowned Doctor, Dr. Frank Lipman
Elvis Duran, Famous Z100 NY Radio DJ
DJ Funk Master Flex
The Cast of Broadways “Avenue Q”