2016 started in an unusual and unexpected way losing my job, despite having a contract that ran for another 6 months. After the initial shock and disappointment, I updated my cv, freshened up my demo audio and started getting in touch with PD’s across the industry.
Within a couple of days I had several meetings lined up the which led to a 3 week booking in Stoke on Trent at Signal1 covering mid mornings during February, from then on the Wireless Group have kept me pretty busy in Stoke, Wolverhampton, Chesterfield and at The Lodge in Orrell which is home to Wire, Wish and Tower FM. I’ve covered every shift on Signal 1 apart from 7pm-10pm….. Must get that ticked off in 2017!
I was lucky enough to work on The Breeze network on Easter Monday covering a breakfast shift and was delighted to work alongside the legend that is Pat Sharp, who even made with a coffee 🙂 this led to an offer of a fulltime breakfast/management role which I declined as the timing wasn’t quite right for me.
So what makes a good freelancer? Someone who’s professional, flexible, trust worthy, rarely says no and above all is able to fit into a team quickly.
I find the hardest part of being freelance is managing down time as I get bored within a couple of days sitting at home. Budgeting is also difficult as some months you’ve plenty of work, others its very quiet, but to date I’ve managed to survive and pay my way in the world.
One of the questions I get asked a lot is do you want a fulltime job? The short answer is yes, but it has to be the right thing for me, yes money is important, but more important is the life style any fulltime role would allow. In an ideal world, I’d like a 5 day week, maybe a small management role, alongside side a daily presentation role. I might even be prepared to take on another breakfast show…… I’ll remind myself I said this on a cold morning at 4:30am when I’m de-icing the car!
You can contact me on email firstname.lastname@example.org or +44 (0)7968 984561