How to become a presenter and YouTuber: Riyadh Khalaf 's story

"I'm a freelance presenter, producer, director, Instagrammer, YouTuber...the list goes on and on!"

Riyadh Khalaf is a producer, presenter and content creator, amongst other things. He has created and presented documentaries tackling LGBT issues around the world, including the BBC series Queer Britain. Riyadh always knew he wanted to be a presenter and, when he was 15, started making radio programmes in his bedroom. He now has over 350,000 subscribers and over 40 million views on YouTube.

Scroll down for more information on skills, working hours and salary.

Riyadh Khalaf: From work experience in a community radio station to YouTube superstar.

What skills do I need?

Riyadh's roles require a variety of transferable skills, such as:

  • knowledge of production
  • organisational skills
  • excellent verbal and written communication
  • research and investigative skills
  • creativity
  • resilience and perseverance.

What to expect if you want to be a producer, presenter and content creator

What will I get paid? Salaries are variable and many documentary-makers work on freelance or fixed-term contracts. A starting salary could be around £20,000, but you might need to work in other production roles too to gain experience first.

Where will I work? Every day could be different, depending on the type and location of the production you are working on.

What are the working hours like? It depends on the programme, but weekend work and long hours are likely.

What qualifications do you need to be a producer, presenter and content creator?

Qualifications or experience in drama or media production could be helpful.

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