Get Your First Radio Imaging Job
It’s hard to get your first radio imaging job. Check out these 5 tips I think really put you on the radar – from my experience as Head of Production for Capital and Capital XTRA in London.
Audio Engineering Tutorials and YouTube Tutorials are a great way to learn the best practices for creating slick, great sounding audio. There’s a load of it for online, there’s no excuse to not do your homework. Just because you can edit well, doesn’t mean you can create templates, tweak settings and understand the fundamentals of audio. If you truly want to be great, read and learn.
Listen to as many styles of radio imaging and jingles as you can. Find your favourite producers and follow their every piece of work, and try to figure out how to do it.
Emulate their production – don’t copy and steal – try to create it from scratch yourself. Spend as much time as you can figuring out the construction, composition, style and details of other’s work and how you can create something similar yourself. With time you’ll develop you’re own style!
As you grow in confidence and start creating work you’re proud of, reach out to your favourite producers and seek feedback. Most will be more than happy to give you feedback and help you out, Radio Imagers like to ‘pay it forward’ – we’ve all had someone help us out in the beginning so we all know what it’s like.
Remember, you can always reach out to us – we’re happy for you to Submit Your Work for us to feedback on it!
Reach out across the globe, but try to reach out to someone at a station near where you’re based or can easily travel to…
…Because you want to get yourself in the door by getting work experience so you can show what you can do! And work hard at it. If you can prove you’re indispensable, you might not end up leaving… and that’s when it can turn into a more permanent role. Start before the boss, leave after the boss, put in the hours and show that you’re an asset through attitude, your work and your eagerness to work hard and learn. Every opportunity you get, take it.
I’ve see a lot of people come and go on work experience (or experiments!) and often they’re not successful. Why? I really think it’s because once the work experience is confirmed they think they’ve made it… Those people don’t last longer than a week or two.
It’s a hard market to get jobs in Radio Imaging, but with perseverance and hard work it’s possible to impress and get that foot in the door to start a great career! Hopefully these 5 tips will set you in the right direction.