Published: 01st December 2018
Want to get your foot in the door to enter the field of MCing? Let veteran Kavea R Chavali tell you how
To back up her passion, Kavea R Chavali is a Certified Trainer from Carleton University; has learned voice modulation from Darrpan Mehta
When Kavea R Chavali was a trainer at HCL Technologies, she used to advise people to follow their passion unabashedly and then one day she figured she isn't practising what she preaches. So she plunged into the world of anchoring, a dream she has been dreaming since a very long time. She was an anchor with News 9 for about a year and in 2011, took the plunge again. She quit News 9 and started hosting shows and live events. "I still remember how, as a child, I used to record myself reading the newspaper, just like an anchor does and replay it," laughs Chavali who was born in Pune but spent her teenage years in Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh. And given how on-demand anchors and MCs are, we thought we should get in touch with the Teluguite and understand this field and get a few tips on how to make it big here and we came away with many a lot of information.
To back up her passion, Chavali is a Certified Trainer from Carleton University; has learnt voice modulation from Darrpan Mehta and body language from Dr Abhijit Das
When we ask Chavali about this particular industry, the first thing she said was, "Look at yourself as an entrepreneur in this field, not a freelancer. You are your own VC, your own boss, your own employee and your own peon. Go out there to the market and make things happen." She also says that it's not enough that you know how to speak, one needs to be multi-faceted. Giving her own example she says how she is a trained dancer and that helped her host a theatrical event for Croma, which she totally nailed. Also, thanks to NIT Warangal, where she pursued her engineering, she is clued into technology which helps her pull off technical events too. She also warns all newbies against putting on an accent. "Especially during live shows, you cannot be a fake person. You have to be yourself!" she asserts.
The field of live events and MCing has grown 100 times faster in the last five years
Kavea R Chavali, Host | (Pic: Kavea R Chavali)
One thing that we must not shy away from doing, as per Chavali, is reaching out to people and let them know that you are interested in MCing. "Take photos and videos of yourself while on stage and put it up on social media, you never know who is watching," she says. Speaking about the world of anchoring itself, she says there are several diverse options one can choose from. From the typical annual day celebrations of corporates to product launches, one needs to understand that all these are fantastic opportunities. "Imagine you set the tone for the event and speak even before the brand ambassador does," Chavali explains, adding how she hosted the film launch of Life of Pi in the presence of director Ang Lee and other famous film personalities. While the Karan Johars and the Shah Rukh Khans may be preferred as an anchor for film awards, anchors are also required on the red carpet, which serves as a breeding ground for those who want to make it. Then there are voice-overs for documentaries, dubbing for movies in local languages, the field is indeed bustling with opportunities.
For more on her, click on kavearchavali.com