'I want to be an RJ'
The last three weeks we have received hundreds of career queries from our young readers. Which institute to go to? What’s the course fee like? What salary to expect? What is the eligibility criteria? On the last week of Hot Careers we try to answer some of these questions with the help of some experts. Read on...delhi Updated: May 19, 2008 01:12 IST
I am doing BA (English Hons) from DU. I want to pursue a career in radio jockeying. How should I proceed? — VidhiGupta
Hi, I want to be an RJ. What is the eligibility criteria? — Ekta
Pralay Bakshi, Programming Head-Delhi, 104 Fever FM answers
10 ways to break into the RJ club
1. It’s a tougher art than it seems: RJing is really difficult to break into, especially if you have no previous experience.
2. Do you have it in you? Record yourself, play it to friends and family, get the first opinion.
3. Developing skills: A lot of good RJing is about experience, most RJs get better with time. Which means if you haven’t been RJing, it’s much more difficult to get in in the first place. Doing a GOOD radio course will help, if you have no previous experience.
4. A helping hand: Apart from the training, always consider a place that has people with good industry contacts — if you catch someone’s ear, you could get a boost just because your instructor knows people in the industry.
5. By hook or by crook: Another way is to get your foot in the door in a station by joining in another role (e.g. a producer), so if you do get offered something else in radio, take it up. Radio stations love people who are multi-skilled and can multi-task, so once you get in and develop some RJing aptitude, they could start you on a weekend show or to fill in for absentees. Great way to grow.
6. Stand out: Work on or develop a strength that sets you apart from the others — it could be poetry, for instance knowledge of Hindi films.
7. It takes time and effort: The best jocks have something different about them — and often this is a result of years and years of work behind the scenes.
8. Put a demo together: Remember, no one is going to help unless they have heard you and think you are special. Get recordings in place — invest in a demo.
9. Give it 110%: You will get one shot each at each station (if you are lucky). A programming head will listen to 15 seconds of your demo and make up his/her mind.
10. Lady Luck: Finally, it’s all about a combination of talent, hard work and luck. If you are exceptional, you will get a slot on a radio station sooner or later.