Once in a while, LIFE throws you such great opportunities that you just grabbed them by the horns and do the best that you can. Last week, I was invited to go on National Television to present my views as a parent who prefers to send her children to elite or “branded schools”.
Eck!! I haven’t had a hair cut in 3 months!! So off I go to my favourite person who always makes me look beautiful –Vincent Lee from CINQ Hair Salon. And while Vincent styled my hair, who should walk by but Mediacorp Artiste Andrea De Cruz herself!!
A familiar face on local television, Andrea is also a Director of CINQ salon. She paused to give me some advice on how to look and sound incredible on television:
1. Look Presentable– “Be mindful of the audience of the show and dress appropriately. If you are appearing as an expert, wear a jacket and look the part. Never appear too casual,” says Andrea adding that smart casual is always a safe bet on TV. Other nuggets of advice include:
- Bear in mind that there’s a lot of harsh lightning.
- AVOID stripes or white colour clothing on TV.
- Avoid Smoky eyes or dark red lipstick (for Asians).
- Wear light, neutral shades and blend the colour properly.
- Try to look natural without looking like you’ve put in too much effort.
2. Appear Credible– The content of the show is important. Go on the program fully aware of the topic to be discussed. “Know what you are talking about,” says Andrea.
- Prepare yourself by asking the producer of the show for a list of questions that will be asked during the show.
- Do some research on your part
- Practice your answers at home so you have an idea what to say on the program.
3. Make Sense When You Speak– Some people tend to mumble when they are nervous or put on the spot. Here’s what Andrea advise:
- Project your voice; no need to shout as you are wearing a mic, just speak a notch louder than your normal voice.
- Speak clearly
- Don’t suddenly go introvert
Vincent, a Director and one of 5 partners at the hair salon suggests that you invest in a styling session with a reputable hair salon 2-3 hours before the show.
“The hairstyle should go with the dressing,” he said before offering these tips:
- Long hair – try curling your hair for a more dramatic look or iron straight hair for a sleek look
- Soft curls are better – schedule more time if you are curling your hair.
- Straighten frizzy hair
- Use hair products to control unruly curls or frizzy hair
- Brush on some serum to add shine to hair
CINQ Hair Salon is a favourite among local celebrities, models, expats and high-flying professionals, including Sharon Lim (Editor-in-Chief of ELLE Singapore), Corrina Lim (Executive Director of AWARE), Glenn Goei and Ivan Heng (renowned theatre directors), international stars like Joan Chen, Ananda Everingham, Tanya Chua and even ex-British Prime Minister’s wife, Shirley Blair.
CINQ is located at 137 Telok Ayer Street #01-03 (opposite the Hokkien Temple), Tel: 6223 3380 and 6 Scotts Road, Scotts Square #03-16, Tel: 6636 0100