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Talk the talk: Being host of your own show isn't far fetched

Why wouldn't you want to be a famous talk show host?
Ask the likes of Howard Stern, Oprah Winfrey or Jimmy Fallon about the bright lights and enjoyable banter with guests they enjoy on a daily basis, not to mention the always impressive and much welcomed paycheck that comes with the notoriety.
Just ask Conan O'Brien, the host of his own show and the man who was dubbed as the host of this year's MTV Movie Awards or Ellen Degeneres, who did an amazing job hosting the Oscars this year.
All of these men and women are social media moguls and have amassed a fortune for being equal parts enthralling, entertaining and likeable.
So how do you follow in those famous footsteps?

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Forget about the fact that you don't know anyone in Hollywood, New York or Los Angeles, and don't have the slightest idea about how you go from hopeful host to heaping piles of cash and contracts that last for the duration of your career.
The trick to building your would be radio or television hosting opportunity obviously would include that "big break" everyone clamors to find, but the true foundation starts with everything from picking the right school to opting for an education that is tailor made to push you in the right direction.
You want to focus on a college or university that is renowned and well known for degrees in journalism or communication. Once you have your classroom itinerary lined up, you'll want to start lining up work within the field, whether it is time as an intern or just working within the walls of a television or radio studio as someone who gets coffee and carries the "assistant" tag.
Most employers, regardless of the field, want to see experience over education, not that the latter isn't paramount in putting you on the perfect path to success. The more time you spend working within your field, the better your chances of landing a job once you're done with school.
If you're focusing on radio or television, the key is to always continue to write, practice and hone your voice to the point that you're relaxed, funny and not trying to sound too canned while you're on the air. Don't confuse preparing for looking for that ultimate punch line. You will need to put plenty of time and effort into piecing together a show, lining up guests and pulling off the entire process, but don't forget to enjoy the process and not loose your love of being the centerpiece of a program.
Remember, you're in the midst of living your dream.
And, before you know it, you might be the next "Tonight Show Host" or find yourself sandwiched in between "Ellen" and "Rachel Ray" on television.

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