Video Jockey (VJ) As Career Option - Courses, Jobs, Salaries
Don’t know who a video jockey is? Remember when you were a kid and MTV was the best thing on the television? Nikhil Chinnapa used to introduce those songs and used to tell you things about the music industry that you didn’t know. Cyrus Broacha used to crack you up with his jokes? Well, that’s it. Video jockeying is the art of introducing or announcing vidoes on commercial music television.
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What does a Video Jockey do?
Video jockeying is so much more than about just being hosts or announcers. They chat up the public and make the show more interactive. They also interview celebrities. They even host game shows (Roadies, anyone?). With the popularity of television at an all-time high, the opportunities are limitless.
Video Jockey Eligibility Criteria
- Since age is no bar, anyone can become a VJ, provided you have that oomph factor and really get an audience’s attention.
- Although there is no educational qualification required, per se, a course in public speaking or elocution will always help you get an edge as it will make you a better speaker. Other than that, a course in mass communication will keep you up-to-date with the world and help you increase your interaction with the masses.
It’s all about your screen presence when it comes to video jockeying. Look good on camera, speak well, and you might just impress prospective employers. Usually, music channels go to drama or mass communication schools to scout for fresh talent.
Video Jockey Skills & Attributes
For you to become a good video jockey, you must have good people skills. You must be ready to work in a team and be prepared for different and changeable work timings. You must have a sense of humour and be able to think on your feet. A good screen presence will help you score brownie points.
Video Jockey Job Prospects
Needless to say, the audio-visual sphere is booming as music and entertainment channels are vastly popular with the youth. If you can crack this field, you might have a shot at other career opportunities as well: like soaps, quiz shows, modellingor even public relations!
Video Jockey Pay Package
As a fresher in the field, you will only be able to make a maximum of Rs 15,000 a month. As you become popular and a known face in the industry with some real on-camera experience to show for it, your salary will also keep growing.
Video Jockey Courses
There are institutions with courses on public speaking like Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA), National School of Drama and the British Council. There are also some famous VJs who have opened up video jockey schools for training which can seem like a good option if you are serious about a career as a VJ. Some of them are: Modus Operandi by SumitBudhiraja, Sound of Music by DJ Sunny Sarid and The Studio Bakers by Rummy Sharma.
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