Plenty of people dream of working as a radio DJ. This line of work allows you to showcase new music, conduct interviews with personalities in your town, and maybe even act as the anchor for a radio news program. If you want to be a radio DJ, here’s how.
Vocal projection. Your voice will be your biggest asset when it comes to working in radio broadcasting. If you are one of the few people who naturally have an engaging voice, you will definitely have an advantage when it comes to applying for radio DJ jobs. Keep in mind, however, that you will also need to polish your conversational skills, since people will not only listen to your voice, but also about what you are saying. Get a niche or field of expertise, such as popular culture, music, movies, or interviews. This will help you land a niche in radio stations.
Part time radio DJ work. During high school, you can get part time work as a radio DJ. This will help you get practice and experience working in broadcasting, which will give you an advantage in your resume. Even if you do not get work as a real DJ during your part time gigs, the experience you get with working with the equipment in a radio station and how a radio station is operated will give you an advantage that other applicants will likely not have. Apart from work in a radio station, you can also work as a DJ in events such as parties and even weddings.
College education. While college education is not necessary when it comes to working as a radio DJ, it will still give you an upper hand when the time comes for job hunting. The best courses and degree programs for a radio DJ are broadcasting and communication courses. Look for colleges that provide on-the-job training and internship programs with radio stations, as well as colleges that are affiliated with radio stations.
College radio station. If you decide to study in college as preparation for work as a radio DJ, you should also apply at the college radio station. The college radio station usually has an audience from the entire local community, and not just the students. Some radio stations will even use the college radio station to search for budding talent. Just like part time jobs, the college radio station is also a great place to get acquainted with how to run a radio station first hand. You can even use recordings of announcements that you made at the radio station for your resume.
After graduation, look for entry level radio DJ jobs. Chances are that you will have to start from the bottom of the career ladder, but as you gain more experience and show dedication to your work, you should get better jobs. With a resume backed up with previous experience in part time radio gigs and the college radio station, you should also have the upper hand compared to other applicants. Through these steps, you should be able to scale the ladder to getting your own radio DJ program.