The 3 Steps To A Successful Emcee Career

There is not a favoured background to achieve a successful MC career. A master of ceremonies profession can be started with education from Toastmasters, public speaking experience from work, performance training as an actor or comedian, or teaching in schools. The only common denominator is a passion to help the event succeed.
how to get work as an emcee

Answer the following questions to guarantee the best chance of gaining good quality MC work and continued employment in either corporate events or wedding receptions.

“What’s my first step to get work as an MC?”

This is a great question which every MC has asked at the beginning of their emcee career journey.

You will need to pause and work out how far along the MC road have you already travelled?

You’ll need to evaluate the reasons WHY you want to MC and what’s your current level of EXPERIENCE including time on stage as a public speaker.

Have a good think about the questions below and then physically write down your answers on paper eg “I want to work as an MC because …”

Discover your own individual reasons why or select from the list below. You want to:

  • help organise a successful live event
  • get a return on your public speaking training investment
  • practise your funny one-liners and audience interaction
  • make cash from your communication skills
  • gain onstage experience
  • make the audience laugh at your comedy routine
  • use MCing to transition to the keynote speaking industry from another different career
  • refine and sharpen your speaking skills
  • develop your own unique speaking and MC style
  • satisfy this feeling inside you to be on stage in front of a crowd
  • you have watched a pro-MC before and believe you can perform the same role

Secondly, be honest with your level of experience:

  • How many hours have you spent on stage already
  • How many MC jobs have you had already?
  • How many were free and how many were paid?
  • How much were you paid?
  • Have you developed your own unique MC style yet?

Thirdly, I want to work as a

  • Corporate MC
  • Wedding MC
  • Both

Use your responses to decide where you are at in terms of your MC career. Your answer may be …

I am at the start AKA a ‘newbie’.

Don’t worry – we all started here. You probably have a ton of questions so I recommend you enrol in some accredited online Event Host MC courses and purchase some good quality MC books and start reading and learning about your new career.


I have been an MC before and would now like to take it a lot further.

It sounds like you need some expert coaching and career mentoring (click the link to find out what questions you need to ask your mentor).

My advice is to find a professional MC in your local area or region and approach them about your desire.

Otherwise, simply reach out to me via email. I mainly help MCs with marketing their services and we work together to discover their own unique MC style. This can be via Skype or Zoom.

See you on stage
Pete Miller

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