When you meet someone new in any scenario, it’s only a matter of time before you start talking about what you do for a living.
I actually enjoy telling people what I do, because what I do is relatively fun and I have lots of stories to tell.
… But when I’m with people I know, who know what I do, It’s a slightly different situation as I don’t have to preamble with my career history.
In-case you’re new to my ramblings (Hi by the way!), I spend most of my working week on the radio and have done for a while now. Whether I’m presenting travel news, actual news, presenting a show or running the show behind the scenes.
I was at a party recently (dressed as a vampire, but that’s besides the point – It was Halloween) and was chatting with some friends that I’ve known for a long time, so they already knew my career history. Those that I’ve been friends with through school, kept in touch through my University years and coincidently out the other side into adulthood.
I often get asked the question, “how’s the radio work going?”.
My response is always positive; as I really do love what I do (most of the time!) and it’s a unique situation as no two days are ever the same. As a result, lots of stories and scenarios play out. Most of the people that know me are aware of my hospital radio work as I started that when I was in my first year of Secondary School. Some know about my community radio work as I started that after a bout of work experience born out of Secondary School. My nearest and dearest know about my more recent ‘exploits’ (on top of everything else I was already doing) as I’m the one who sometimes interrupts the car stereo with travel news. As a result, most of them tweet, text or phone me at all times of the day asking why a certain road is clogged up. Most of the time I know and because I work daft hours, they never know when I’m actually in work (I don’t work all hours of the day in travel, but I don’t mind being pestered as I’m pretty sure none of my nearest are mind readers and if they are, they would know why they’re already stuck in traffic wouldn’t you think?)
Away from travel, recently; I presented my first solo commercial radio show on The Wave in Swansea. I’ve presented travel news on the station for just over 3 years but never had sole control of an actual show until now.
In short and without boring you with the details as to how it all played out, I thoroughly loved it. It was a completely different scenario for me. A ‘new’ but familiar audience on a familiar patch. And with it, came a lot of positive feedback.
With that last two paragraphs in mind, my house-mates boyfriend was at the party stood next to me and the question arose about my career. Without me even opening my mouth, he says; “did you hear Jamie was on actual commercial radio, down in Swansea!” … That single phrase made me smile inside and out. He continued to tell my friends of my recent achievement, I nodded and continued to self promote what I’d been up to recently.
A personal view. That shows that my hard work has been noticed, appreciated and how much my achievements mean to me. I’ve stuck to my guns, kept on, hit more hurdles than I’ve jumped but this year, also proved to a lot of people that I don’t give up easily.
It’s such a good feeling.
Being honest and like I’ve said before, radio is a tough industry to crack and it’s getting more difficult as time progresses. Like any industry, it’s changing with the times, but to anyone reading this, I’m not trying to put you off… But my goodness it’s satisfying when things go your way and you get noticed.
I take absolutely nothing for granted. I’m genuinely surprised when I get handed an opportunity, like my recent outing on the Wave.
Some people say I deserve it. I don’t look at it that way. Expect the unexpected. It’s more satisfying. It’s how it should be … Surely?