Tito Doran – the youngest news anchor at TeleCuraꞔao

Tito Doran – the youngest news anchor at TeleCuraꞔao

Tito Doran is no stranger when it comes to the media industry. He was a national TV host before he could vote. His first gig came when he was just 9 years old. Now, at the age of 23, he’s the youngest news anchor at TeleCuraꞔao. He has worked hard to reach his level of success, and has managed to stay grounded throughout it all. Go Weekly sat down with this talented young man, to talk about his career, growing up with legendary parents, his new TV show and E! News!

How did you jump-start your career in the media industry?
In my younger years, I used to host ‘Before & After for Kids’, and ‘Nos Mundu’. I took a break from presenting after I started High School (HAVO). At a certain point I had to fill in for my aunt on her TV show because she was on vacation. Because I did such a great job on her TV show, I kept presenting for an entire year. In 2015 I started hosting my own show, #Siguimi. I have also been a news anchor for CBA, and now for TeleCuraçao.

How does it feel to grow up with parents who are famous? What effect did it have on you?
As a kid, it was not pleasant. On the first day of High school, I cried. Every one kept on saying; ‘there’s Netty, and Gibi’s kid’. I’m a very shy individual, even though it might not seem that way. People were gossiping about my family, and it got to a point where I even asked my mom why they were my parents. But I’ve grown a thick skin now. I’ve also realized that being famous has its advantages.

How does it feel to grow up with parents who are famous? What effect did it have on you?
As a kid, it was not pleasant. On the first day of High school, I cried. Every one kept on saying; ‘there’s Netty, and Gibi’s kid’. I’m a very shy individual, even though it might not seem that way. People were gossiping about my family, and it got to a point where I even asked my mom why they were my parents. But I’ve grown a thick skin now. I’ve also realized that being famous has its advantages.

Now, at the age of 23, you are one of the youngest news anchor in Curaçao, just like your mother was. Did you always want to be a news anchor?
Yes! I always wanted to present the news. I still remember, how I would accompany my mom to the studio when I was little, and watch her present the news. I hosted the Tumba Festival this year for TeleCuraçao, and they liked how I did it so much that they asked me to present the news. So now I’m presenting the news, and my own show, HighLight. It’s on the air from Monday to Thursday at 7:00 PM on TeleCuraꞔao

What’s the best part of being a news anchor and TV Host?
You need to stay up to date with the news, and current events. I like to be well informed on all topics. I like culture, and I’ve gotten into politics. Your knowledge of general affairs grows a lot. I look up to news anchors like Caresse, Nicole Maduro, Howard Suares and Germone. I like how they present the news. My mom used to give me tips, but now that she’s seen that I can hold my own, she just keeps an eye on me.

How do you prepare yourself before a news cast?
I get myself ready, fresh up, dress up, show up. You have to be “on fleek” because it’s TV. I arrive, get my text, read from the prompter, and present the news. Is it easy? I guess I’m used to it, it just flows naturally, even though it’s live. I’ve never had any bloopers at TeleCuraçao yet, but I did have some at CBA. I mispronounced the name Gassan Dannawi and I said it with such confidence too. But that’s because I didn’t realize I had made a mistake.

What’s the best lesson you’ve learned from working in the media industry?
Focus on constructive criticism, and tips that might help you in your career. Be happy with who you are, and don’t worry about the negative comments. For example, a few months ago they posted on social media, stating that I was “copying” outfits from another news anchor. It blew up, but had zero effect on me. I actually got free publicity from it.

What’s next on your to-do list of life goals?
I’m currently studying to become a Papiamentu teacher at the UoC, and I am eager to finish my degree. That’s one of my goals. And my ultimate goal as a TV Host would be to present E! News one day! I love what I do! Every day, I re-watch and analyze myself. I try to improve my performance on a daily basis, that’s my daily goal.

Photography by Nestor G. Zavarce