What’s the best career-related advice you’ve ever received?
The best advice I’ve received is to stay detached and try not to take things personally. A lot of the time things can happen that you have no control over, so you have to let go and hope for the best – especially in this industry where you can have something booked and then have it fall through through no fault of your own.
What advice would you give someone looking to get into a similar career?
Be persistent. You will face rejection; it might not be because you’re bad at what you do, but because you are not the right fit at that time. Sometimes rejection can be a good thing – the worst thing that can be said to you is “No,” and it’s not the end of the world. Keep pushing and make things happen on your own.
If you want to get into radio, first learn how to host and produce a radio show. This can be done at home – all you need is software to edit the sound and you can even use your mobile as a microphone. However, microphones are not too expensive so, if you can afford one, get that too. And practice! To be a good producer, in my opinion, you have to know how to do both. There are a lot of online radio stations these days, so send them your demos, and wait and see.
Also if you can, volunteer to host at a community radio station. For example, this could be a hospital radio or, if you are at university, student radio. Get involved and gain experience doing both hosting and producing – you will find which one you enjoy doing more. With the more experience you gain, the better you will get, and eventually you can pitch to bigger stations.