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Women in Radio: Entry #1
Most recently, I came across an old interview with Power 105.1 Radio Personality, Angela Yee, on The Combat Jack Show, and as an Angela Yee fan, and lover of Entertainment and Media (fyi, my educational background is in Mass Media and Communication Studies), I found the interview to be entertaining, as well as inspiring for those who may feel lost on their career journey. For the first post from my 3 post “Women in Radio” series, check out my 5 Gems from Angela Yee on The Combat Jack Show.
1) If they don’t get it now. They’ll get it later.
Angela Yee’s parents weren’t the most supportive of her career choice. Angela says that her parents were always big on education, so one could assume that her pursuit of a career in entertainment wasn’t what they had in mind when they sent her to the best schools. However, Angela says that now that she is successful, she gets along with her parents just fine. In fact, she recently bought her father a new car.
Key Note: Don’t wait for people to support you, or give you the “okay” before you chase your dreams. You have to believe in yourself first. They may not believe in you now, but they can’t deny the WORK.
2) Reject The Lie That Quitting a Job is Career Suicide.
Angela Yee worked several jobs, not only before landing her current position with The Breakfast Club, but before ever working in radio. Graduating with a degree in English and goals of becoming a writer and photographer, Angela Yee worked in a variety of jobs and industries, before landing in radio. In fact, her first job after college lasted two days. She hated it so much that she quit. Now, Angela Yee is a millionaire, working in a job that she loves but was not her dream job in college. She still has plans to write a book one day, but her path to getting there, has been full of even more fun twists and turns than she imagined.
Key Note: Don’t stay anywhere you aren’t being fed. If you can take care of yourself, don’t feel guilty for quitting jobs and trying new things until you find your perfect fit, and remember, what fits you now, may not fit you in the future. You have the right to explore, grow, and live your life. Never, ever live your life in fear of what others will say.
3)Take a Chance!
Angela Yee was terminated from the job before her jump into radio, and a “jump” is exactly what landed her into the role that is responsible for catapulting her into the powerful voice you hear through your speakers today. While Angela was looking for her next job, and interviewing for other gigs that fell in line with her past experiences, someone told her about an audition for a radio personality at Sirius. Angela, who had no radio background, thought “Why not?”, took a chance, landed the gig, and is now one of the biggest radio personalities in the country.
Key Note: Are you playing it safe? Did an opportunity present itself that doesn’t make “sense” but it invigorates and excites you? Go for it! Take a chance and step out on Faith. Plans change, and your path is never as direct as you map it out to be. Don’t be afraid to change course in search of something better.
4)Brand Name? Know Your Worth.
Angela was offered a job at the famous, Hot 97, while she was still working at Sirius. Hot 97 offered Angela less money than she was making at Sirius, a show where she would have a limited voice, and no visibility or presence in the name of the show. Why would they think this was acceptable? Well, Angela believes Hot 97 considered the station’s reputation and popularity to be enough for Angela to join “the winning team.” Angela turned down the offer, and decided to stick it out at Sirius where she had her own show until a better offer came around. Shortly thereafter, Angela Yee joined Power 105.1’s “The Breakfast Club” and now it’s one of the biggest radio shows in the country.
Key Note: From personal experience, I cannot stress enough how important it is to not be fooled by the “brand” when accepting a job. Too often we fall in love with the status of a company’s brand and what they appear to be, only to find out after joining their team that their company culture or the job itself is no where near as glamorous or progressive as we may have thought. Remember to base your career decisions less on Brand Names and more on how they fit with your personal path and desires.
5) Competition? None.
The Breakfast Club personalities don’t try to compete with other stations and shows. According to Angela, she doesn’t even listen to other stations. They focus on doing what they do the best. Whether it is Charlamagne The God going farther than most are comfortable with in his quest to get genuine interviews and be transparent, or DJ Envy maintaining a presence in the clubs to play the music that people really want to hear, or Angela Yee providing the details on some of the biggest stories in pop culture while keeping the peace during dynamic interviews, The Breakfast Club and Angela Yee have mastered the art of staying true to themselves.
Key Note: Don’t crash because your head is turned worrying about what’s going on behind you or in the next lane. Your path is yours alone, so the only person you must compete with is the person you were yesterday. Be successful at being you!
If you don’t mind a little profanity and a truly raw conversation (Rated Mature), you can check out Angela Yee’s interview on The Combat Jack Show at https://soundcloud.com/thecombatjackshow/the-angela-yee-episode .
UPDATE: Angela recently interviewed with Combat Jack for Hennessy’s “Never Stop, Never Settle” podcast. Check it out here.