So, life isn’t going too well at the moment and your days are currently spent applying for jobs and going to interviews. Despite sending out your CV to over 200 employers, you haven’t been able to pull the wool over anyone’s eyes and convince them that you are worth recruiting.
Maybe what you need to do is take a different direction altogether with regards to your career?
Have you thought about becoming a radio presenter?
Whilst the hours can be atrocious if you’re not a morning person, it’s a chance to become famous regardless of how ugly you are.
If talking constantly when everyone else is trying to listen to their favourite music is your thing, here’s what you’ll need to do to have a shot at becoming the next Jo Wiley or Chris Evans….
1. Get some experience
Big time Radio DJs often start out doing smaller, local radio gigs. Hospital radio for example, where a hospital network might produce its own radio broadcast over a PA system. If you volunteer for one of these setting it’s a great way to get some valuable experience and develop a resume. Just be mindful of the type of tracks you play when DJing at a hospital. Titles such as ‘Heart of Stone,’ by Motorhead, ‘Achilles Last Stand,’ by Led Zeppellin, ‘Close My Eyes Forever,’ by Ozzie Osbourne and Lita Ford and ‘Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck,’ by Prong are best avoided given the nature of the audience.
2. Hone your presentation skills
Obviously, if you have any verbal peculiarities that will make you a less effective presenter, you’ll need to try to iron these creases out to sound as appealing to a wide audience as possible. You’ll also need to work on your microphone technique. Radio veterans recommend working extensively with different sorts of microphones and to learn how to use a microphone effectively. The last thing you want is to crowd out the mic so you end up sounding like you’re calling the faithful to prayer through the loud hailer at a mosque.
3. Do a communications degree
By doing a communications degree, it may help you to get access to a greater array of jobs or vacant positions in the industry.
4. Record a demo tape
Don’t worry – this doesn’t involve you writing rhymes or having to do a beatbox. A demo presentation will be useful for you so that you can show it to the representatives of larger broadcasting networks now that you’ve got a bit of experience under your belt.
5. Develop your professional reputation
Some of the most successful presenters work their way up the ladder by networking extensively and developing their personal brand. Developing yourself as a brand means promoting your skills and reputation as an effective broadcaster and a popular public figure. You’ll therefore need to avoid doing anything that may harm your profile like Neil Prendeville, an Irish radio presenter who allegedly got caught masturbating in between two fellow passengers on a flight home from London to Cork back in 2010.
6. Stay in the know about the radio industry
Read all the trade publications you possibly can, go onto media jobs websites and radio station websites to keep tabs on adverts for presenters that may be posted from time to time.
7. Build a global audience
The ubiquity of the internet means it’s now possible to broadcast worldwide. Starting your own internet radio show is therefore a great way to build an audience and there are now many free facilities available which can help you create and broadcast your own show. The technology on offer means it’s now easy and inexpensive to produce your own broadcasts so what are you waiting for?
If Zoe Ball can do it, why the hell can’t you?