I got asked a lot on how I started hosting in the Philippines. Becoming an event emcee is an example of side hustle I do since 2011. It became my number 1 source of extra income and I can never be more thankful to God for giving me the hosting skills necessary to succeed in the event planning and management field.
Today I’d like to share to you how I became a host for hire in the Philippines. This is an ultimate guide where you’ll know how it all began for me and I’ll also share my tips to help you get started hosting Filipino wedding and events.
Event Hosts, Master of Ceremonies, Emcee, Hosts etc. Those are some of the names that associate someone who lead a program, event or special occasion. Emcees job include introducing key individuals of the events, announcing each activities of the program and keeping the flow of the occasion as engaging as possible.
Of course you don’t want your wedding reception or event boring, right? Good hosts make the impossible possible by keeping the guests engaged and entertained through out the program. Their natural wit and humor will make you agree, laugh and remember how amazing the couple (wedding), debutant (debut), birthday celebrant (birthday) or program (corporate) can be.
Master of Ceremonies are actually powerful once they held the microphone. They can make special announcements that all the guests will surely follow. If you have instructions on how the dinner will be or what the audience should do, the host is the key person to do so. Hosts keep the flow of communication open and better.
Emcee keeps everyone relax and calm
As long as you booked the right host for your wedding or event you’ll feel at peace that everything is taken care of. Good hosts know what to do, what to say and the best timing for everything. You don’t have to worry how each and every detail of the program will be.
How I Became an Event Host for All Occasion in the Philippines
During my college days in Polytechnic University of the Philippines – Manila I was very energetic and talkative. I love being the reporter/presenter on group reports and presentations. Then a professor, Ms. Lanie Teves, saw my potential and asked me to host some events in the university. READ:My Life, My Job, My Career and the 6 Success Tips that Helped Me
From then, I realized I have the talent in hosting and so on October 2011 I decided to create an online advertisement. If you remember sulit.com.ph before then you know how good of a website it is in terms of advertising your own products and services. I actually have low expectation that it would be a success. My main prayer that time was if event hosting is really for me I’m sure God will bless me with clients.
Back in 2011. Event hosting in Tanghalang Pasigeno For booking/reservations email email@example.com | 09479666698
Year 2015. Hosting Emporia PH’s Launch. For booking/reservations email firstname.lastname@example.org | 09479666698
He heard my prayer and provided me not just one, two, three but multiple events that year. I knew at that time that hosting is for me. I was chosen to host The Youth Peace Festival held in SM Mall of Asia and Alex the Lion from Madagascar Meet and Greet at SM Novaliches Event Center. In 2013 I received my first hosting award as 2013 Wedding and Event Host of the Year by Top Brand Global. I tied-up with wedding coordinators and catering business to continuously grow my side business as a event and corporate host in the Philippines.
Receiving the award as 2013 Wedding and Event Host of the Year For booking/reservations email email@example.com | 09479666698
Today I still do event hosting for all occasion and it is something I plan to do for forever. I love being part of someones’ event milestone and I see myself being an event extraordinaire in 3-5 years time.
Hosting is open for all gender and age. You don’t even need a resume to get started. All you need are the following skills and characteristics:
Voice Projection – Your delivery of lines matter a lot in hosting a good occasion. You also need to speak loudly and clearly so every person in the venue will understand what’s happening. A good host doesn’t yell but rather know how to bring dynamics to his/her voice that could make enhance the performance.
High Energy – Your energy as a host can definitely influence the crowd. As the master of ceremonies you have to be on top of your game and really deliver good showmanship to the crowd. You have to wow them with your magnetic personality and confidence as you hold the microphone and start the program.
Wit and Humor – One characteristic that will definitely define you as a good emcee for all occasion is your ability to offer your wit and humor to the audience. Wit enables you to be very quick and sharp on a given situation. Humor on the other hand is making funny phrases or gestures that will make everyone happy too.
Clarity – You need to be very clear in your pronunciation and diction. Avoid talking too quickly and know when to pause to make every word you say more understandable.
Preparedness – You also ought to be knowledgeable about the event and have a program that can highlight your client’s needs and wants. Once you start talking into the microphone, there’s no stopping already. You will be the very point of person through out the event. You are hired to make the event run smoothly and you can only do that with proper preparation beforehand.
3 Steps to Launch Your Event Hosting Profession in the Philippines
Step 1. Advertise Your Hosting Skills to Friends and Relatives.
You can slowly build your portfolio as an emcee for all occasion by announcing to your friends and relative about your service. A simple post on your Facebook account and word of mouth can open a lot of opportunities for you. Try to say “yes” to every event that comes along your way as a beginner so you’ll have more testimonials on your portfolio and added learning experience as well.
Step 2. Make Your Own Portfolio Online.
Once you get around 3-5 hosting you can now build your online portfolio. You can do a Facebook Page or Instagram account and start selling your talent online and reaching out more people. Post a video of you hosting and include your contact details on the caption. This will surely entice people to book you for their event.
Step 3. Familiarize Yourself with Each Event.
Your skills as a host will improve with more experience. I have been hosting for almost years now and I can definitely say that I have massively improved. I can be as natural as possible when hosting a wedding even without a prepared program. I also notice that I can handle the situation easier through time and I definitely developed enough self-confidence thanks to my years of emceeing.
How Much Can You Earn as a Event Host for Hire?
Your talent fee as emcee depends on three things:
The Type of Event. Events like birthday parties, wedding receptions lasts for 2-3 hours and call for a simpler hosting style. Corporate events on the other hand can be shorter or longer and need formality on your side as host.
The Location. Since hosting is service-type you can also ask for a higher payment on transportation for further location. There is so called Metro Manila fee and Provincial fee in hosting too.
The Host’s Profile. Seasoned hosts will surely have higher talent fee than beginners. I’ve been hosting for five years and counting and can pass as a seasoned host but to be honest I still consider myself as a beginner. I love learning from other hosts as well.
Final Notes from SavingsPinay
Hosting events is one the best way I earned extra income in the Philippines. No capital or investment needed and you can easily start earning from scratch. As long as you know you have the talent then go for it. If I doubted my talent and didn’t create an advertisement before then I am probably not hosting today and earning 8,000 to 12,000 extra monthly. This is even low income report compared to other friends and colleagues who charge the 8,000pesos per event!!! Again if you have the talent develop it and earn from it!
Is hosting events something you want to do too?
If you want to book me for your event just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org | 09479666698
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Izza of SavingsPinay helps Filipinos bridge the financial literacy gap one content at a time by providing insights and tips on budgeting, saving, investing, side hustle and growing your net worth. Aside from this blog she also writes at www.izzaglinofull.com, a beauty and lifestyle blog for frugal Pinays and manages, www.izzagevents.com, a wedding and event business since 2011. For inquiries, topic suggestions or future collaborations email her email@example.com