Radio contract renewal time is always an exciting time for presenters and stations. It usually means big moves, introducing fresh talent and giving audiences more of what they want. However, with radio being such a cut-throat industry, it can also mean devastating loss for on-air talent. However, such is the nature of the radio beast.
Local television and radio personality Carol Ofori is one presenter who has had an extensive career on radio. From her early days on Rau Radio, Carol has become a seasoned broadcaster and has presented shows on major stations like 947, Metro FM, Radio 2000 and now East Coast Radio. Aside from commercial radio, Carol has also hosted shows on retail radio stations Jet FM and Edgars Music Radio.
As more radio shake-ups are expected in the days to come, Carol shares five lessons that she has learned during her two decades on air for those wanting to kick-start their career in radio.
Resilience Is Your Best Weapon
The radio industry is tough and it may not always seem fair but stand firm in your truth and in your talent. Do the work so that you put yourself in the right place at the right time to get your big break.
Open Yourself To Up Constructive Criticism
Radio people are so helpful that way. Ask for feedback and you will get it. Constructive criticism is so important in one’s journey because getting perspective from someone else is an important factor is working on your craft and getting better. It’s important to take on this criticism and not be a know it all. Even with 20 years in this business, I still enjoy getting tips and tricks from industry talent because it helps me do better.
Not Everybody Is Going To Like You – And That’s Okay
You may not be everyone’s cup of tea and it’s important to come to terms with that. Some people will not enjoy you on radio and they will make sure you know it. Unfortunately, this is part of the game and you have to be okay with this. It’s a bitter pill to swallow at times. What’s most important is that you need to like you – that’s all that really matters. When you resonate with that so will your audience. They will love you for being you
Stand Up For Yourself
Radio will teach you this real quick. You will be pushed into different directions by different people with different ideas of what they think you are capable of. When you are young in this business that happens a lot and you have to know what you want and how far you are willing to bend to get it. If it means you break, it’s better to walk away because bad decisions could mean that later opportunities will be few and far in between.
Wait Your Turn And Work Hard To Reach Your Goal
You have to believe that the wheel will turn and your turn will come. I started in this business more than 20 years ago and only over the past year have I found my sweet spot on East Coast Radio. I can finally say that I am living my dream. Of course, I have more dreams I want to see come true and I wanted to give up many times. I doubted myself on many occasions. But something in me always told me not to give up. Parallel to my radio career, I worked on my career as a voice over artist as well as a television presenter. The key is to keep as many balls in the air as possible while you chase your radio dream. That way, you have something else that helps pay the bills.
Radio & Television Personality Kriya Gangiah Shares Five Tips To Keep Your Mental Health In Check
South Africans have experienced so much throughout our history that we have become a resilient nation. However, this month has been physically and emotionally draining for so many across the country. The country is currently experiencing the third wave of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic and the unrest in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal has had a massive impact on lives and businesses around the country.
This, naturally, can certainly take a toll on one’s mental and emotional wellbeing. During this chaotic time in life, it’s important to take a step back and ensure that in the eye of the storm, you are taking time out to look after yourself.
Radio and television personality Kriya Gangiah has been open about her experience with mental health during this trying period. “It has taken me a little longer than expected to recover from everything we are dealing with as a country right now,” Kriya explains.
She adds that it’s important to allow yourself time to experience the different emotions that you may be experiencing at this unpredictable time. “Don’t feel bad if you are working from bed for the third week in a row or if you haven’t mowed the lawn yet. It is completely understandable,” Kriya adds.
As she regains control of her mental and emotional health, Kriya shares five tips that have helped her get through this tough time.
Do something for someone else
I recently worked with my family and communities around Gauteng to collect food donations for people affected by the unrest around KZN. Working with other individuals with the goal of helping people made me see that there is positivity around us. Even if you may not have much you can still make a difference in someone else’s life.
Take a day off from social media
The more time I spent on social media the more depressed I was becoming. Seeing images of the chaos mixed between the narcissistic way in which people portray their “perfect” Instagram lives was really starting to affect me. Taking a day really helped clear my mind and find a little bit of clarity.
Try something creative
Being creative doesn’t always have to be about making something but it will help convert your energy into something that you enjoy. You can bake, rearrange the furniture or plant a tree. Anything that is different from your everyday norm.
Do something that makes you feel good. Paint your nails, take a long bath, or do a face mask. You can even meditate for a while.
We are not alone in this. Most people are experiencing the same feelings that you are. Give a friend or family member a buzz and just catch up. You never know they might need it as well. Remember, if you are struggling right now and don’t have anyone you feel you can share your thoughts and feelings with, organisations like SADAG offer free counselling sessions.
Unread Messages! Mista Myles Unpacks A Love Thriller In New 4-track EP
Afrobeats’ latest favorite, Prince Doodo popularly known within showbiz circles as Mista Myles, isn’t slowing down this time around as he readies for Unread Messages EP.
Discovered by Mimlife Records, Mista Myles is a wonderful vocalist with versatile vocal abilities that square up with the now trending new school sound taking over the music space.
From vocal precision, fluidity, texture, right down to stagecraft, you’ll find an apt delivery from the super talented act as evidenced in previous releases and popular consent. True ingenuity and talent can neither be bought nor faked!
Clear up space on your devices, delete old files, get ready to update playlists, and make room in your minds and hearts for what’s coming! From lyric, melody to overall vibes, don’t say you weren’t forewarned!
Scheduled to be released on the 23rd of July, 2021 across all major online music stores and streaming platforms, Unread Messages EP is sure to give you a run for your craving ears.
The 4-track EP details Afrobeat essentials such as ‘On My Way’, ‘Mind Love’, the Kelvynboy-assisted ‘Bend Ova’, and ‘Baby’. Each track has been tailor-made to maximize your listening experience.
The future might have just been bundled up and delivered a bit earlier than anticipated! Each single screams of the undertones of love and it’s dilly-dallies. It’s a soothing accompaniment for your relationships no matter the type or level of commitment.
Production credits go out to in-house producers for Mimlife Records, WebieJustDidIt, and NixieOfficivl. Anticipate this masterpiece from Mimlife Records!
YouTube link – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fr21U0w7Dfc
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You Need To See Sara The Dressmaker’s Gorgeous Bridal Gowns – Your Wardrobe Will Thank You
Sara The Dressmaker might be a new name for some of you, but she is been one of the most popular fashion designers in these last couple of years.
The Ghanaian designer has dressed numerous celebrities such as Ghanaian media personality – Berla Mundi, Victoria Lebenee, Chrystal Kwame-Aryee, KSM, and Ghanaian broadcaster Abeiku Santana.
Over the years, Sara The Dressmaker has established itself as one of the leading couture fashion house in Ghana, with garments characterized by their high-end fabrications and meticulous sewing techniques.
Known for their romantic and sensual nature, Sara The Dressmaker’s bridal gowns will help you shock and awe everyone at your wedding with all their exquisite details. The Ghanian fashion designer has managed to define new standards for high fashion with her gorgeous bridal gowns that blend figure-flattering silhouettes with amazing details and a strong focus on comfort.
If you’re a bit of a perfectionist, Sara The Dressmaker’s wedding dresses are the definition of perfection. The brand uses the best fabrics, beadwork, and embroidery designs to create these magical wedding gowns. For a classic couture dress, with luxe silk or all-over lace, a bohemian wedding dress, or a gown with infinite layers of tulle for ultimate romance and impact, Sara The Dressmaker will make your dreams come true.
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