Get Radio/TV Experience

Get Radio/TV Experience

As a performer, you will hopefully be asked to appear on radio and TV to promote your concerts and other activities. The better you are "on air", the more likely you are to attract an audience that is interested in what you do. It can be intimidating and uncomfortable if you have not had experience.
A great way to get this experience before you need it for your ensemble, is to volunteer at your local public radio station. You have passion for, and expertise in music (something they may need). Try to get airtime and you will begin to get the practice in speaking 'when the red light goes on.' (And you thought you only had to practice your instrument.)
In addition to becoming at ease and fluent in speaking to people you can't see, you will develop other skills. Understanding what pressures an interviewer is under will help you be a better interviewee. Knowing how to say what you need to say, and fitting it into the 1 minute, 30 seconds, or 56 minutes allotted will be greatly appreciated by station personnel and your audience.
Participating in on-air 'pledge drives' will give you skills that can be used as you tour with your ensemble. You will learn how to do the guest 'celebrity' endorsement that may even be used after you have gone on to future concerts.