40 YEAR-OLD AUSSIE ROOKIE
I am nearly 40 and will be commencing a six-month full-time course
soon. I know I am very late getting into the industry, and I really
would like your thoughts on becoming an announcer/personality at this stage.
I am not totally ignorant, having done some part-time on-air
stuff in the '80s.
I would also like your thoughts about this Australian DJ-wannabe
working in the US or Canada, (if I am good enough of course).
Can you recommend any trade mags or papers that I should look
at or put an ad in?
Very seriously, if you have have a reliable source of outside
extra income, it could be a great choice for you. If you are not
yet financially secure, however, you'll want to give a lot of
thought to where you hope (and can reasonably expect) to be in
five or ten years.
This business requires a lot of resilience - a quality that generally
decreases as one gets older. It's a lot easier to deal with low
pay, non-existent job security, and long working hours when you're
20 than when you're 40.
But if you know that radio is what you want to do, then go for
You are very unlikely to find work in America by placing or answering
an ad in a trade publication. The Australian jocks who have found
work in the U.S. virtually always do so by first relocating here
and then looking for a job. If you're good, you eventually should
be able to find something. Please do NOT waste your money on any
"agents" or "placement firms."
Please keep me posted on your new career!