Freelancing: feast versus famine.

freelance blog post

It’s coming up to roughly a year since I started freelancing as a radio person* and I have truly discovered what people mean when they describe it as feast or famine. Fortunately when I started I was still studying so money wasn’t so much an issue, but soon after moving into a new flat and for once being truly self-sustaining I did have a panic that I wasn’t going to earn enough and started working some part-time jobs in waiting and bar work just to top up the rent money. Summer suddenly became quite manic, it slowed down a lot again around Christmas, but throughout February I have been working double shifts.

I wanted to write a quick post about how I both love and hate freelancing at the same time. On the one hand it’s great, I get to work with a variety of stations, and do so many different things each day and I can never complain of getting bored or finding myself typecast to one role when I am still working out what I am best at. However, I would love to be able to feel a lot more secure in what work I am doing, when I am next getting paid and when my car decides to breakdown at 5am on a dual carriageway on my way to work I know that I’m not going to look unreliable.

What really spurred this blog post though is the fact that today I got my first pass to Radio Solent, and I am starting to work on a lot more of their programmes – so I feel like I am making progress. Unfortunately now I just have to be able to control my habit of saying yes to everything to make sure, like my car, I don’t conk out at 5am on the roadside.

*Mainly as a broadcast journalist, but now as a voice coach, broadcast assistant, and social media manager.

Freelance roster

Who I am working with LEFT TO RIGHT: Bournemouth University, voice coach; Wessex FM, broadcast journalist; Jack FM, broadcast journalist; Hot Radio, presenter and broadcast journalist; Approved Family Friendly, social media manager, BBC Radio Solent, broadcast assistant; Fire Radio, broadcast journalist; Spire FM, broadcast journalist; and The Breeze, broadcast journalist.

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Arrivals FM Roundup

Here marks then end of Arrivals FM on Nerve Radio, and my first challenge as station Manager of Nerve Radio. I know of course I am expected to say it did well, but it really did.

As someone who hadn’t been on the radio committee before, I was slightly concerned that I had thrown myself into the deep end a bit too far.

The Cramatics get to know Nerve Panda

During this FM fortnight we our brilliant experienced presenters with great features and interviews – The Vaccines and Lucy Rose to name a couple. We also had three outside broadcasts; Freshitval, Dub Optic and of course the live show at the Freshers Fair.

The freshers fair was a personal highlight for me, with the Cramatics performing a live set in front of hundreds of eager freshers signing up to join our station.

Following all of this we have now signed up more new members that Nerve has ever known before – and the problem of this success will follow next week as our training team work from 9am-6pm to get everyone ready for our new schedule the following week.

Live Freshers Fair Show

Also during the middle of all this training we have the Student Radio Association regional training days. Nerve is sneeking over to the South East’s day in Southampton instead of hopping over to Wales for the South West’s. We’ve got so many Nerve members wanting to get involved we are even now having to say no to more coming along.

On this free training day we have speakers from BBC Radio Solent, Ministry of Sound and Capital FM. Following this there is the infamous nominations party for the Student Radio Awards. Nervous much? The nominations are going to be announced by Zoe from Capital Breakfast and fingers crossed for any Nerve or Nerve Alumni member up for an award.

In the meantime with dissertation, major multimedia project, work experience, modelling shoots, the upcoming US elections and a radio station to run – let’s just say I can’t complain of not having anything to do.

Click below to listen to my Arrivals FM podcasts.