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Tips on becoming a top Writer

  1. The first thing you need to become a professional journalist is an enthusiasm inwriting. If you are not enthusiastic about writing it will come across in your work.
  2. You will need to apply yourself in English lessons in school even if it is a topic which bores you as to be a good writer you need an all around understanding of written English.
  3. Full length books that you buy in bookstores can take years to write let alone produce so it is normally best to start writing collections of short stories. As your development continues you should place close attention to your structure, characters and storytelling.
  4. If you have a story you are proud of show it to your teachers and try submitting it to websites that feature short stories. Also try reading it out in a class or assembly to gage people's responses.
  5. As a writer you will have a million and one ideas for great stories, be sure to carry a book around which you can write the ideas in to before you forget them. You won't have the time to write the book for every great idea you come up with at the same time so ...
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Tips on becoming a top Video Editor

  1. Most of the hard work for any TV programme or film is done in the edit room.
  2. To be a good editor you need to be creative and have attention to detail as you can spend hours just getting one cut right.
  3. The first thing you need to is to get some editing software or access to a computer that has some. As soon as you have secured this you need some footage to edit and a way of uploading it to the computer.
  4. Contact TV and film companies and ask them what editing software they use. To get a job working for them you need knowledge and experience of working with industry standard editing software. These software packages can be very expensive so ask your school if they can purchase it.
  5. If you can't get hold of these packages just try and make the best videos you can with what you have. If they see you can perform miracles with software which isn't as good as there's they will be impressed.
  6. To have regular access to footage it helps to be a keen camera person yourself as you can then go and get footage when you want it.
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Tips on becoming a top TV Presenter

  1. The first thing to do is to practise your presenting skills in front of a mirror. Write yourself a script and present it. When you feel confident doing this try interviewing a friend in front of a mirror.
  2. In school you will have a lot of opportunities to present something to your class, use this opportunity to gain experience of performing in front of your peers who can be the hardest audience to perform to.
  3. Many charities and organisations are looking for volunteers to go around and give presentations about the organisation to members of the public whether this be a stall at an event or a planned presentation in a school. Try and get a volunteer position doing work like this.
  4. Join a local or school theatre group, this will gain you experience in working in front of a live audience and scripted work.
  5. Join a local hospital or university radio station. This again will gain you great experience in entertaining an audience and will give you the chance to work on your vocal skills. Being a TV presenter you have to present a good image and a good voice.
  6. Create your own image, image is very important as ...
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Tips on becoming a top Tennis Player

  1. Most tennis players start playing tennis at School. Most schools will have equipment and courts to play on during the summer. The best way to start learning is at school as it doesn't cost you anything.
  2. If after playing at school you decide this is something you want to pursue then this is the time to invest in a racquet. To start with it doesn't need to be the best most expensive racquet just something that lets you play whilst you learn the basics.
  3. Some schools will have after school tennis clubs. If not they may still let you play on the courts after hours, you just need someone to play against. If you can't find someone to play against try playing against a wall to work on your shots.
  4. Head down to your local library and find a book on tennis. Read the instructions and with the book practice your strokes even if it is without a ball in your own room just get use to the motions.
  5. Watch as much tennis on TV as possible. Study what different types of players do and find a style that suits you. Try and add this to your game when ...
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Tips on becoming a top Swimmer

  1. Swimming is something which is taught in many primary schools. This is your first chance to see if this is something you are interested in and the good thing about it is that it's free.
  2. When learning to swim the most important things to remember are to swim in a swimming pool and one with a lifeguard. You will also need to take a friend or family member who is a strong swimmer or have a coach with you.
  3. Many swimming pools hold classes for young people with qualified instructors so this can be a great way of learning if you didn't get to go in primary school.
  4. Remember until you are a confident swimmer not to go in the deep end.
  5. Once you have perfected a stroke you need to move on to the next one. A good swimmer is strong at many strokes as most swimming competitions are done in teams so you need to be versatile.
  6. Swimming requires a great level of body strength and fitness so as well as taking swimming lessons implement your own fitness plan.
  7. If you can't find a local swimming pool or your school doesn't do swimming lessons log on to http://www.britishswimming.org to find ...
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