Every year Kiss FM look for their next presenter by doing a nationwide search. This year the auditions were open at Westfields Shopping Centre in Shephards Bush and Stratford over two weekends. Hundreds of people audition and only a handful get in front of the judges.
I got fast tracked to go straight in front of the judges and was third to go in on a the Sunday at Westfields. I went in with the intention of being me. As a presenter this is all you can ever be! All I remember from my audition is singing TLC Waterfalls and explaining that Pilates gives you a good BOOTY! It’s safe to say I didn’t get my hopes up to get to the final 25 but the following Thursday while teaching Barre Pilates I got a tweet pop up on my phone telling me I’d got through! I couldn’t quite believe it and the feeling was amazing to think that they’d noticed me and my presenting talent out of all those people! It’s important to hold on to those feelings when you get good news! I like to bank them in a little memory bank so whenever you feel down you can go back to that moment and feel happy, warm and proud even when things aren’t going your way.
The next round was Presenters Academy which was one of the best days of my life! I was absolutely in my element. The other 24 finalists were fabulous and amazingly talented. Everyone was so down to earth and friendly. The day involved getting creative and developing our presenting skills in various workshops with the Kiss producers! An experience that so many aspiring presenters would die for. I felt so grateful to be there and learnt so much as well as meeting some great contacts. It’s all about the ‘networking’ but I generally see ‘networking’ as building relationships with like minded people. I don’t ever try to force a rapport with someone if we are not really feeling it. Like I say, in the presenting world you can’t fake anything! It’s pointless! I was true to myself all day and got some amazing feedback.
It was the first time, I had ever had my presenting skills on show to be judged and critiqued and I am actually quite proud of myself as I got some great comments and it made me more confident than ever that I can present. I unfortunately didn’t make it any further in the competition and of course I was a little disappointed but I believe in things happening for a reason and maybe this just wasn’t my time.
I will get a showreel and some footage of the day so I will post that on my youtube channel (lifestylewithlottie) when I get it so then you guys can judge and critique me haha! Only joking!
I also want to say a huge thank you to KISS FM who are truly an amazing and generous company as well as the best station on air! 😉
Here’s some pics of the day by the talented Rakiya Shay who you can find on twitter @RakiyaS