Recently, I was talking with a woman I thought could probably power up my neighborhood in case of a blackout. She has that much energy, which is why I want to feature her in the blog. A lot of people reading are not necessarily in traditional jobs or perhaps you are but you’d like to expand your opportunities. Maybe you’ve met people like Sue Vogan and you think, wow, how does she do all that? Where does she get the energy and could I ever do something like that? She’s an author, a radio host, and a book reviewer and probably knows more about Lyme disease than anyone on the planet. Here’s part two of my Q&A with Sue Vogan:
LGL: As a producer and host what kinds of obstacles do you face?
SV: Jitters five minutes before on-air and the guest is MIA! That’s number one. When I have more than one guest on, a “conference room” becomes necessary and juggling the guests can be a problem – especially since they have no radio clock in front of them to let them know there’s a commercial in three…two…one… I have to resort to rudeness – talking over them to break. And I suppose the other obstacle I face is forgetting things (thank goodness for sticky notes), mispronouncing names (even though I practiced the entire afternoon and got it right 99% of the time), and not being able to find the word I am looking for in that radio second (dead air is a no-no in radioland) – I have Lyme disease. One of the symptoms of neurological Lyme disease is memory problems.
LGL: In addition to writing this blog, I do public relations work and write books. I’ve sort of cobbled together this career over the years. How do you feel about putting together a career in this way? What are the advantages? Disadvantages?
SV: I think this is a great idea! There’s nothing wrong with combining all things that interest you and actually making that combination a working career. Who wouldn’t love to get up in the morning and do what they actually like to do – and earn a living, to boot? The advantage is that you like what you do and are able to hone your talents while still making a paycheck, and you can pretty much call the shots/money/hours. Disadvantages would be if you worked from home (isolation). If it all flows nicely and you’re content – it’s right. If it all seems like crashing waves on a beach and you’re praying for a vacation soon – STOP! Examine, rearrange, eliminate, or start over.
LGL: Many people reading this are working full time but may still have an interest in getting involved with radio. Is that possible?
SV: Absolutely! The future is here with Internet radio, iPods, and archives. A lot of shows are taped in advance. Mine, however, is a live, call-in broadcast – that could still work for those who work a regular job. My show is at 9PM EST – well past quitting time at most places of employment; my topic is health (who doesn’t know a doctor who wants to talk – except at the office during your physical) so a little time is spent rounding up and checking out guests (this becomes easier as the show builds a following; after two years, I have guests lining up and am booked 3-4 months out); and remember to keep your day job (at least for a while since Internet radio stations are not like physical stations in that they rarely pay you to do a show unless your name is a household word).
You must find what you really like to do, be comfortable in your own skin, experiment until you have something workable, and live in the moment each day (live, laugh, love, and keep your eyes open for opportunities). Take the good and remember it; take the bad and learn from it – there are no mistakes in life, only missed opportunities because of fear of the unknown, lack of faith in ourselves, and listening to those pesty nay sayers. There was no book of instructions when you popped into the world – you’re writing that unique book, one page a day – make it worth reading.