Last week I told you about 2009, the year where I stopped waiting for life to happen, and decided to do things on my own terms. I took my show on the road, and traveled our beautiful East Coast.
After that I really kicked things into high gear with my radio show. I interviewed more artists, got more hours on the air, and started hosting a weekly band showcase at a local bar.
Everything that had to do with my hobby of radio was great, but I still was determined to not be a college graduate working at a coffee shop.
During my job search, one that had now been going on for three years, a job came up at the community radio station that I volunteered at. I thought, that’s it! There’s a job that I could actually get. I mean, I had already been working there for free for years! One problem though. You had to be bilingual to get the job, and I don’t speak much French.
So I had to convince them to take me on, with the promise that I would learn to speak French. I put everything into that application, thinking that it was my last and only shot at a career. I remember the night before I had to submit it being so emotionally exhausted that I needed to take a nap. I felt drained, and I knew that if I didn’t get this job, I’d be stuck working at a coffee shop forever. I was wrong.
That night, the night before handing in my resume to the station I volunteered at, I got a call from one of my hero’s from the big rock station in town! Someone I had spent years listening to on the radio, had somehow gotten my number and called me.
I couldn’t believe it. Not only that, he was calling to offer me a job. You see, I had sent him my resume in 2008, but there was no openings. I just thought he wasn’t interested in me, wrong again. He had kept my resume on file, and two years later he pulled it up once there was an opportunity for me.
I barely slept for days, I was too happy. I was living with my sister at the time, and she said there was a glow to me that she had never seen before. For the first time in years I felt like my college education and volunteer work at the community station wasn’t for nothing.
But getting a job at a real radio station had it’s challenges. More on that next week.