5 Things You Need to Succeed in Radio
Radio can be a difficult field to get into and it can be even more difficult to succeed. Whether the road to success includes living in several cities throughout your career or hosting programs you don’t enjoy, it takes a special kind of person to succeed. Before you get too discouraged, here are just a few tips to help ensure that you succeed in radio.
A career is radio often means doing a lot of things you might not want to do. This means that you have to really want the job. It’s not enough to just fantasize about a career in radio, you have eat, sleep and dream of radio on a daily basis. The only way you’re going to succeed, and land the career you want, is to want that job more than anything.
Where do you see yourself in radio? Would you like to report on the latest sports stories or host a self-help program? You have to know exactly where you want to end up before you can be successful. It also helps to know when you want to reach that goal. It’s not enough to simply say that you want to be a radio sportscaster, you need to set a date for this to happen. For example, you might make it a goal to be a local sportscaster by your 30th birthday and then make the goal to go national by your 40th birthday.
In order to succeed in radio, you must be determined to succeed. This means not letting yourself give up because the last three interviews went poorly or that you never heard back from a company. Brush yourself off and keep going. Keep sending out your resume, keep shooting for higher positions and hit each interview with every ounce of energy you can manage.
One of the biggest areas many radio professionals fail in is flexibility. You have to be willing to work late or early hours, move from city to city as your career grows and even take on programs you’re not interested in. Just remind yourself that these days (or nights) won’t last forever. One day you’ll be on top of the radio world and can call your own shots. Until then, be willing to do whatever it takes to get there.
Last, but not least, it pays to have a large amount of knowledge about what’s popular in radio. For example, you might choose to learn more about sportscasting while also learning about business and finances. Having knowledge in several areas will make it easier to move up the ladder. Companies will be impressed by professionals that are passionate and knowledgeable about more than one subject.
Not everyone is cut out for a career in radio. While it may seem like an easy career, it takes a lot of initiative to succeed. You must have drive, goals, determination, flexibility and a well-rounded knowledge of different topics that are popular in today’s media. If you have these characteristics, nothing can stop you from being successful.
About the Author: Euna Bisby is a journalism student who is considering a career in radio. She currently has her own freelance graphic design business and enjoys writing about career opportunities for the self-employed.
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