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Who would have ever thought broadcasters and lifestyle experts could work from home too? While you can get all fancy, you don’t need much to create a professional home studio. All you need is good lighting, good sound and a decent backdrop.

I have a stand that allows for alternating my backgrounds, but when you live in an apartment, having a permanent stand takes up too much room we can’t afford to lose. Sure I can mount and dismount it before every television segment, but who wants to do that? So to make things convenient, affordable, but professional, I purchased two pieces of identical wall art and made that my backdrop. It saves time and space and it was a great go-to when I needed something fast.

I’m considering wallpaper or even painting the wall behind me (see photo), but I don’t know which color. Paint is a semi-permanent commitment so that I really need to think about that.

As far as broadcasting live, my hi-res Logitech laptop camera is a game changer. I highly recommend an adjustable laptop stand.

And while you can totally do this as a one-woman-show, try to get a friend or your partner to test out your shot via Zoom. You’ll want to test everything (sounds, connection, shot, lights, etc.) before you connect with your producer.

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