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Talk nonstop!

education Updated: Nov 03, 2011 17:05 IST
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The lowdown
With a host of reality shows being launched, a VJs (video jockeys) role has stretched beyond making mere announcements or introducing music videos. Today, they not only play music or host a show but also give advice, play matchmaker, spy on your partner and do whatnot! With popular culture redefining itself every other day, VJing is evolving at a very fast pace. There is no set way to host a programme on a music channel. If you are whacky, have a way with words and your creativity knows no bounds, this profession is for you

Clockwork
7am: Work out
8.30am: Have breakfast
9am: Drive to studio
9.30am: Get briefed by the creative director
10am: Work with the script writer
12.30pm: Short tea break
12.45pm: Shooting
1.30pm: Lunch
2pm: Shooting resumes
4pm: Tea break
4.15pm: Schedule continues
8pm: Leave for home or go to a party

The average working day of a video jockey may differ based on their shooting schedules

The Payoff
A young VJ earns somewhere between Rs 25,000 to Rs 30,000 per month. The pay increases with experience, popularity and the channel you work for. It might be very difficult to make an impact in this industry and command a good sum of money. A popular VJ can earn a huge salary - there is a wide gap between a newcomer and a veteran. Popular VJs can command a sum of anything between Rs 3 lakh to Rs 4 lakh a month

Skills / TRAITS
* You need to be able to talk, talk and talk
* Have great presence of mind
* Have a sharp sense of humour
* Must be able to deliver witty one-liners all the time
* Be a music - both Indian and Western - lover
* Good knowledge of Hindi and English
* Should be comfortable with the camera
* Should be able to improvise during shoots
* Lots of patience to help you sail through the journey of being a VJ

Getting There
From time to time, music channels invite young aspirants to VJ hunts. If you are really interested in becoming a VJ, make it a point to go for such auditions. Nikhil Chinappa was selected during a talent hunt. Alternatively, you can straightaway approach music channels for audition. They could consider you if they have any openings. Some people took the modelling route before they became VJs. Alternately, you can create CDs of your work and share them with various production houses. You can also do live shows to get experience

Institutes and URLs
There are no institutes which train you to become a VJ, though the odd one here and there could promise some coaching. Doing a personality development course or workshops to ‘improve’ your overall personality could help. If you believe that you have the requisite skills but are not fluent in English or Hindi, then you should sign up for language classes from a good institute

Pros and cons
* You get to travel a lot
* You can earn good money once you have settled down in the industry
* Communicate with young people
* You have to be very confident to make it here — or the competition gets you
* Career is short
* It might take you a long time to make your mark in this industry
* No set working hours

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