TV presenter earns £8,000 for 20 days of work but says ‘it’s not easy to manage’ | Personal finance | Finance

Being a celebrity and regularly appearing on TV sounds like a dream come true, but breaking into the “ultra-competitive industry” is tough. Managing your money is even more difficult because income can be irregular.

Promising TV presenter Frankie Vu hosted ITV’s iconic children’s show Howwhich was first screened in the 1960s, alongside fellow presenters Vick Hope and Sam Homewood.

He earned £8,000 for just 20 days of work.

Frankie, 33, has also helmed children’s TV series on CBBC, Disney and CITV as he struggles to build his career.

He has a growing following on Instagram, but still can’t afford to give up his full-time job as an IT entrepreneur.

While top TV earners such as Holly Willoughby and Ant & Dec command millions of pounds, Frankie operates on a different level.

“The biggest challenge most TV presenters face is finding a steady job and planning around inconsistent paychecks,” he says.

The former professional football freestyler and UK champion started out hosting student shows while studying English at university, earning up to £800 a day for his TV presenting gigs.

Corporate work and branded content can bring in even bigger paychecks.

It’s entirely possible to earn a six-figure salary just from pitching, Frankie says. “Big companies are always creating content and hosting events, and if you have the right track record you can regularly earn over a thousand pounds a day.”

In theory, a successful presenter would only need to work 20 weeks a year to earn £100,000, he adds. “There aren’t many presenters in this situation, but there are definitely a few.”

Still, this line of work has its ups and downs, Frankie says.

“You can be flying high one moment and then out of work the next. It’s just the fickle nature of the television industry.

It’s hard to manage your money if you don’t get paid on a regular basis. “You will go for months without anything and suddenly you will receive a lump sum,” he adds.

As a freelancer, finding a regular presenting contract that can sustain you throughout the year is difficult.

“There’s a lot of money to be made with almost no upper limit, but it can take a lot of hard work – or luck.”

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Frankie says the best presenters bring their own personality to a show and build a relationship with the audience. “You are entrusted with the end result of a production, and that responsibility is what drives the fees.”

Frankie, from North London, was born in the UK of Vietnamese descent. He decided to work in television after telling his mother “no one there is like us”.

He wants to be a media role model for East and Southeast Asians and other minority communities.

But his parents were initially skeptical of his quirky career choice, pushing him to follow in the footsteps of his sister who studied at Oxford University and became a doctor.

Frankie chose a bumpier road. “The reality for most TV presenters is a large number of unanswered job applications, constant rejections, self-questions and doubts, unpredictable payment cycles and financial difficulties.”

It is a repeated cycle of ups and downs. “As any presenter will tell you, it’s not for the faint-hearted, but I’m enjoying this roller coaster.”

Frankie says it’s essential to develop thick skin and learn not to take things personally. “If you’re not careful, self-doubt can be crippling.”

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Frankie says there’s no “magic formula” to becoming a successful TV presenter, but hiring an agent or manager with a thick contact book can help. In exchange, they take a percentage of the fee, usually around 15-20%.

Building a following as a video content creator on social media is one of the most effective ways to get noticed. “It proves that you can have an audience that somehow relates to you.”

There are plenty of online casting services and good old-fashioned networking helpers. “Securing one-off presenting jobs isn’t terribly difficult, but opportunities for larger productions are harder to come by and very competitive.”

You’ll often need access to the right contacts to even hear about the opportunity, before being matched against many other talented presenters during the audition process, he adds.

As well as presenting on television, Frankie is also a trusted live host for global brands such as Adidas, Samsung and UEFA, hosting events in Johannesburg, Jakarta, Ho Chi Minh City and Madrid.

“These are usually live, so involve thinking on your feet and being a safe, trusted pair of hands,” Frankie says.

He adds: “I have the opportunity to meet and work with many brilliant and creative people. It is an honor to be trusted to tell their stories. It’s not just a question of money. »

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