Amidst the glitz and glamour of hosting live events and interviewing celebrities, have you ever wondered what it is like to be a MTV VJ?
As she recounted her journey, Hanli Hoefer seems just like the girl-next-door. She also shared with us her teenage insecurities and guilty pleasures. Psssst, she loves curry puffs and highly recommends the reality TV show, Shahs Of Sunset.
Who: Hanli Hoefer, 24
What: MTV Video Jockey (VJ)
Studied: IB diploma at United World College
Tell us more about yourself.
I'm Singaporean-German and I've lived in Singapore my whole life. I was a confused 18-year-old then as I didn't see much in myself for a certain profession. It was only when I was 19 did I stumble across a post looking for a new female MTV VJ.
I genuinely thought that they would not consider me, but they did and offered me the job.
How was the audition like?
Coming from modelling background where you don't say much when you're modelling, I was suddenly asked to pretend that I was opening a music event that I was hosting live.
It was something I have never done before, so I just winged it. I literally told the people who auditioned me like, this is so weird!
How many years have you been in the industry and how has the industry changed?
I'm currently in the middle of my 4th year and I love it. When I started, social media wasn't a thing but it is must-have now. In fact, the term "influencer" is a thing now, a term which was almost non-existent three years ago.
Describe a typical day filming The MTV Show.
There's a lot of laughing, partly because my co-host Alan and I are extremely distracting people. We'll get to the studio, do our hair and make-up while gossiping, going through our script, and teasing each other.
The camera will roll and honestly, it's not that different from behind the scenes! We're always debating because we have very different music tastes and fashion choices.
HANLI IS CURRENTLY HOSTING THE MTV SHOW WITH CO-HOST ALAN WONG
PHOTO CREDIT: MTV ASIA & ALOYSIUS LIM
Who is the most intimidating person you have interviewed?
I would pick G-DRAGON, whom I interviewed in 2013. Not only was it my first year working with MTV, he had sunglasses and bodyguards. I think that really set the spectrum of what is uncomfortable and what's not. He was really nice but I felt that his vibe was off, probably because he was jet lagged.
Because G-DRAGON doesn't speak English on a conversational level, the language barrier caused some difficulties. But it is especially moments like that do you learn how to read the body language.
NONETHELESS, HANLI MANAGED TO SNAP A PHOTO WITH BIG BANG'S G-DRAGON!
PHOTO CREDIT: MTV ASIA
Anyone whom you would like to interview in the future?
I would say Missy Elliott, or artistes like McFly whom I grew up listening to when I was a teenager, just because I was a fangirl. But again, they're all grown up now.
For my own sanity, I feel like I should keep them in this pedestal instead.
What motivates you at work?
[What] I really love about being a VJ is it absolutely allows me to be myself. I feel that I've found something that I can do, and I would like to think that I'm good at [it]. I think it's perfect for where I want to be in life right now.
HANLI SHARED THAT ONE OF THE BEST ADVICE SHE RECEIVED WAS TO "ANTICIPATE THE NERVES".
Any dislikes or challenges about your job?
Challenges come with travel. You miss home a lot, especially when you work for two months straight without seeing your family. But then again, there's always Skype and once the season is over, you can have a month off to see your family.
HANLI (FAR LEFT) HAD RECENTLY HOSTED MTV MUSIC EVOLUTION MANILA LAST MONTH.
PHOTO CREDIT: MTV ASIA & KRISTIAN DOWLING
What advice would you give to youths considering this career path?
If you want to enter MTV, you have to know your music, your tunes, and pop culture well. Also, have the courage to be yourself, even if you're super weird.
Educational requirements: Emotional Quotient (EQ) matters more than educational requirements, although having Intelligent Quotient (IQ) helps.
Qualities needed: Since you're on stage, you have to be charismatic, extroverted and energetic.
Salary range: It varies; your salary is based on the number of hosting gigs and collaborations with brands (modelling, being their social media personality and brand ambassador) you take up.
Working hours: Flexible hours.
Career prospects: VJs can look into working as radio DJs or venture into acting.
Catch up with Hanli on Facebook, Snapchat (MissHanli), Instagram and Twitter!