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Life Behind the Magic: What It’s Really Like to Be a Kids Presenter!

Published: January 22, 2018

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You can probably still picture your most beloved childhood presenter.

Everyone had one; a favourite face on TV – someone who even now still sticks in your memory all these years later. But have you ever wondered what it’s really like to be a kids presenter?

In this article, we ask Eleanor Snowdon, the fantastic front woman of Ellie Explorer, to give us a glimpse inside her world.

HI ELEANOR! THANKS FOR CHATTING TO US TODAY. FIRST UP, CAN YOU TELL US ABIT ABOUT YOUR SHOW, ELLIE EXPLORER?
Hello! Sure thing. My character, Ellie Explorer, is a world traveller who loves to find out about nature. The show is all about animal adventures and early learning, and is packed full of great songs!

COOL! AND TELL US, WHY DID YOU WANT TO BE A PRESENTER?
It’s been my dream to be a children’s presenter since I was a kid watching all my favourite shows on TV. Now I can honestly say that the job is even better than I ever expected! It’s hard work, but it’s a lot of fun and very rewarding.

SO, HOW DID YOU GET INTO ACTING/PRESENTING?
As a young child I was very shy and was struggling at school, later finding out that I was dyslexic. My brother had joined a drama school, and so I soon followed and discovered that acting almost instantly helped me. My confidence grew, and I had also found something that I was really passionate about. So, I pursued my dream and graduated from drama school with a degree Musical Theatre and have since been performing in musicals and on cruise ships. I have always loved working with children and so I auditioned for the part of Ellie Explorer, and was thrilled when I got the job! I can’t wait to see what is in store for the show this year.

CAN YOU TELL US WHAT SKILLS YOU NEED TO BE A GOOD PRESENTER?
I would say high energy, quick thinking, good stamina and able to be a great team player.

AND WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE KIDS SHOW GROWING UP?
There were so many! When I was really little Postman Pat and The Hoobs. But when I was a bit older I loved Get Your Own Back and of course Tracy Beaker! Oh, and I have always loved animals and always tuned in to watch Deadly 60 each week!

WHAT’S THE ONE THING THAT SURPRISES PEOPLE ABOUT YOUR JOB?
Probably the fact that I film with a green screen a lot of the time, and so working out where the animals are can actually be quite tricky. But it gives us all so much creativity with the content.

WHAT’S THE ONE THING THAT PEOPLE OFTEN GET WRONG ABOUT YOUR JOB?
That it is a job!
And all the hard work the WildBrain team put into the Ellie Explorer Channel, they create the real magic.

WHAT’S THE BEST PART ABOUT BEING ELLIE EXPLORER?
Meeting all the animals: I also love that Ellie Explorer is so varied and covers so many topics for children through fun songs and actions as well as exciting adventures.

WHY IS ELLIE EXPLORER SUCH A GREAT SHOW FOR KIDS?
There are so many reasons! It’s fun, informative and definitely not boring. Ellie is the friend that takes you on lots of adventures.

LASTLY, WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE EPISODE AND WHY?
‘Ellie goes to the Wetlands’ it’s a really fun episode with lots of ‘Explorer Facts’. I particularly loved filming the parts about crocodiles!

Thanks Eleanor, we look forward to what explorations Ellie will be taking us on this year!

Check out the Ellie Explorer YouTube channel here!

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