Whether it be a super exclusive party or red-carpet movie premiere, if it's happening in Atlanta, you can always count on Dai aka Dai Time to get the scoop. The host/author/model/singer is a huge part of the city's entertainment scene, boasting a demo reel flooded with A-list celebrity interviews galore — and get this, she's only 12 years old! "Most times, we see adults telling inspirational stories. But when [my peers] see kids our age, we're reminded we can start at our current age and that there is no age requirement," the young entrepreneur says. "Being a media correspondent allows me to have fun while making an impact on other lives."
Through her experience, which also includes creating content for her own online magazine (!!!), Dai has learned quite a bit about what exactly it takes to be successful. Below, we asked her to spill the deets on her top career tips. Keep reading for Dai's stellar advice — including seven things all aspiring reporters can put in practice during their next gig.
1. Make sure you know the 411 on your subject.
Being unprepared is the number one mistake you should avoid at all costs. ALWAYS do research on your interviewee(s) beforehand, so that you can ask specific, relevant questions and make the absolute most of your time.
2. Pay close attention to what's happening on social media.
Staying updated on the latest news and trends can help you carve out interesting topics of discussion that'll make a big impact online.
3. Be engaged and actively listen to your interviewee.
Between questions, pay close attention to everything your subject says in response. This way, you'll be better equipped to ask follow-ups to keep the conversation flowing.
4. Focus on maintaining eye contact.
Looking into anyone's eyes makes them feel like you're giving them your full attention. The same thing goes for interviews — although in reality, you very well may be thinking about your next question. Still, stay engaged and fight the urge to look down or away.
5. Try not to rush through your interview...
Take your time and be patient — even if you're on a time crunch. You never want to make whomever you're interviewing feel like they're also being rushed, especially for the more long-winded celebrities who love to share lengthy answers.
6. ...But remember that time is of the essence.
To keep things moving along, sometimes while on the carpet, correspondents are only allowed to ask subjects one question each. When or if it happens to you, plan on choosing the most important topic on your list that people are dying know more about.
7. Always put your best foot forward.
While working in the media industry, you may come across people who aren't so nice. How do you deal with them? Ever heard of the saying, "kill them with kindness?" That's exactly what you should do! Never be mean or rude to anyone on the carpet — even if they're unpleasant to you. Always give them the sweetest smile, and remember what you're there for: interviews.