Sharon Mascarenhas is a popular television presenter, newsreader and compere. Phrashika Denesh Kanna (aged 10)  speaks to Sharon to find out more about her exciting work.

Q: When did you join Television?

A: I joined Television on the 16th of November 2006

Q: Why did you choose this job?

A: I thought it’s a fantastic area for me to learn and explore myself; and it’s more on journalism where we are communicating and sharing information to the public.

Q: What do you think are the most important qualities for someone to excel in this role?

A: I think you first need to understand about journalism, about Television presenting, about the ethics, then the knowledge and a little bit of background on journalism. I also think you have to be an open, friendly person and be yourself.

Q: What are the biggest challenges you come across?

A: The biggest challenges I come across is to face the camera with all the details, information at hand because at times they will tell you to speak for 10 minutes, and you are supposed to update on everything; so you have to be updated with everything. And that’s why I think it’s a huge challenge.

Q: What other roles do you play at work?

A: I work as a marketing manager at BCS – The Chartered Institute for IT and I’m also a finance MC. NEWS and Television presenting is something I do part time.

Q: What do you like best about work?

A: The thing I like best about work is that it’s an opportunity to meet different types of people with different attitudes.

Q: Is it hard to be a compere?

A: Yes. It is hard.

Q: Tell me how you organize, plan and prioritize your work.

A: I have a very well organized calendar that I function myself. I am very blessed to have very supporting parents. You know, how they help out in food, shelter and that part is covered.

Q: What is the key to success when communicating with the public?

A: I think to be bold and confident in speaking out loud and also the tone of voice that you use and the power of communication is what you need for success when communicating with the public.

Q: Can you share a scary experience on TV?

Yes. At a particular event I tripped and fell, when I was trying to get down from the stage. I didn’t get scared but everyone around me got scared, whether I got hurt, will I be able to compere again, but nothing serious happened.

Q: Can you share a funny experience on TV?

A: Yes. So I am usually short and I have to wear heels. During the ribbon cutting ceremony I couldn’t see the crowd whether the chief guest had already cut or is he waiting to cut. I couldn’t see because everyone was cluttered around, and it came to a point where I had to climb a chair, and that was a little funny.

Q: Can you tell me who your role model was?

A: I don’t have any role models but I do look up to people when it comes to Television presenting specially Ellen DeGeneres and Christina Aguilera.

Q: What is unique about your job?

A: I think the uniqueness is how you have the power to be the star in an event, where people look up to you, where people listen to you attentively and you are the person who runs the show, so while there’s a word called celebrity use it like you have the power of taking charge of everything.

Q: What do you do in your spare time?

A: I listen to music, swim. I also watch a lot of travel shows and eat. I have a pet dog and play with my dog as well.

Q: What advice do you give us children?

A: I will advice them by telling them to listen to their parents, study more, focus a little on sports and do a little bit of aesthetic activities.

“You have the power to be the star in an event, where people look up to you and listen to you attentively.”

The Class Chronicles wishes Sharon Mascarenhas all the very best in her career to forge ahead with success!