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While interviewing some of the world’s most famous musicians, Video Hits presenter Faustina Agolley says she’s noticed a few wandering eyes. ‘‘I kept catching people I was interviewing staring at my iPad,’’ the 27-year-old says. ‘‘It’s new and it’s shiny, and they couldn’t stop looking at it. It was really distracting, so I haven’t used it the last few interviews.’’ Agolley is a success story of community TV, and she is one of many young creatives who’ve spilled their career secrets in the Reach Foundation’s Get Your Break! books, launched today. Agolley says there’s no such thing as an easy break. ‘‘Right through university I was trying to get my hand into anything I could, so I was working behind the scenes at Channel 31. I operated cameras, but I wasn’t very good at it. I remember the DA yelling ‘Steady your shots’ ’’. From there, she did research for The Great Outdoors, mopped the kitchen for Hi-5 and eventually, scored an on-air slot for Channel V.
‘‘I never got an on-air role at Channel 31,’’ she says. ‘‘I just found it really hard. The audition was tough and it didn’t happen for me for a long time.’’ Today she’s on air every weekend, interviewing the likes of Alicia Keys, Kayne West and Rihanna. ‘‘I always wanted to present Video Hits from the very start of my career,’’ she says. ‘‘I remember when they offered me a temporary slot presenting with Axle (Whitehead) I was nervous but I thought there’s no point getting worked up, you’ll do it the best you can.’’ She says the key to being a good on-air presenter is research and confidence. ‘‘People don’t think of presenting as a desk job, but I spend a lot of time at the headquarters researching bands and going through the archives,’’ she says. ‘‘It means that when it comes time to meet someone, I’m feeling prepared.’’ Get Your Break is releasing three books – Fashion Designers, Recording Artists and Television Presenters. More details at www.redhillpress.com.
Faustina ‘‘Fuzzy’’ Agolley says there are no easy breaks to working in TV.
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