Ever dreamed of hosting your own TV show? Play tunes while giving love advice ala Papa Jack in your own radio show? Or entertain on air like the witty and funny hosts of Boys Night Out?
For those channelling their inner Oprah or Ellen DeGeneres, we asked TV host and radio personality Sam Oh, MYX VJ Gianna Llanes, M.O.R. 101.9’s resident DJs, and some student jocks to give tips on how to jumpstart your dream career behind the microphone!
Get ready to work hard. Sam Oh says, “Well, first you have to go and audition for the job. I think a lot of people get scared, so ask around. Go to the station. Ask how you can bag a job at the station.”
The ETC host of Rated Oh! and Magic 89.9 DJ elaborates, “You also have to be willing to do the dirty work, interning and such, you can’t expect to just have a ready show on your own. Work hard and have fun, because it’s such a fun job.”
Prep up for auditions. Memorize what you have to say a day, a week, a month, how ever long it takes before going to auditions. When your name is called, take a deep breath. Inhale, exhale before plunging in.
When you're asked to tell more about yourself or why do you want to be a DJ/VJ, it can happen that your mind suddenly goes blank and there are butterflies in your stomach, you practically forget who you are.
Take heart, the best of the lot admit going to pieces at auditions.
Newbie MYX VJ Gianna Llanes recalls her audition experience, “Well, I definitely prepared my Tagalog because I know MYX required a lot of tagalog. I grew up in Canada so I wasn’t prepared with that.
"I also familiarized myself with the channel and the VJs, how they do it, and I looked them up all the time so I definitely review on that."
The 19-year-old AB Communication student from Ateneo De Manila is now an official VJ after winning this year’s MYX VJ Search alongside Luigi Enzo D'Avola and Vieo Lopez.
She enthuses, “I’m still overwhelmed, it hasn’t fully sunk in, and it’s just crazy that they picked me out of 200 people, it’s insane but I love the job.
“And then now before I go to work I definitely researched all the songs. Everyone on the job kind of knows me as the one who researches.
"I make sure that I really have a positive energy with me. I’m the youngest one so people kind of see me as like the little kid, the one who’s energetic, so I don’t wanna fail them.
"I love doing it, I love going into work every day and it’s just really a lot of play and not really work.”
99.5 Play FM former radio jock and Century Tuna Superbods People's Choice 2014 awardee Diane Tan weighs in, “For me, before an audition for hosting an event or for a radio station, I always tell myself to always be myself.
"Being myself helped me gain my confidence and, in the end, if I didn't get the role or the job, that just meant that I wasn't the character they were looking for.”
Mellow 94.7 Student Jock Towpy Tejano chimed in, “Show the panel that you are really interested in working for the radio station.
"There is a big training process that you have to undergo before you become the Howard Stern or Ryan Seacrest of Philippine radio.
"Showing interest in the small details can increase your chances of having the panel like you and eventually take you in.”
Towpy also shares his secret recipe to acing auditions: “Be early, show a pleasant attitude, make yourself interesting, and calm down.
“I would actually sit in front of a mirror and think of questions the interviewers could ask and think of the right answers to go along with that.
"In addition, should they let you do a drill [like an impromptu speaking, or reading a couple of advertising spiels], are you ready?
"Practice makes perfect. It’s important to look good, but it’s equally important to do great.”
And, of course, the Thomasian concludes, “Pray, it really works!”
Learn the technical side. A warning from ChaCha Babes of M.O.R. 101.9’s Heartbeats, radio stations look for the complete package when choosing a DJ.
She clarifies, “Requirement sa amin yun, kailangan pag may kukunin kaming DJ, di lang basta dapat magaling magsalita or may personality.
"Dapat kaya niyang paganahin sabay-sabay. Utak, kamay, bibig. Dahil ikaw lahat ang gagawa.
"Unlike sa DZMM na may taga-pasok sila ng sound effects, kami lahat sa amin.”
Toni of Ready, Get, MOR! adds, “Seriously sa umpisa, ma-i-intimidate ka kasi sobrang ang daming pinipindot [pertaining to the console], ang daming mong kailangan gawin, sa totoo lang…”
Daddy Alex Calleja, former DZMM talent and now also an M.O.R. DJ, makes light of it, “Stop and go. Stop music, go music lang yun.”
Kidding aside, Daddy Alex avers that they take their jobs seriously and also recalls his “dead air” experience.
“Nung nasa MOR na kami, naloka talaga ako. Ume-ere ako ng dalawang oras, off-air. Saya, 'di ba? Unang pasok, static. Charot."
Showbiz news reporter Jhai'ho interjects, “Nung araw talaga, lahat kami nanginginig, kasi bawal mag-dead air.”
Chacha emphasizes that even if they’ve been doing this for years, there will always be mistakes here and there, “Kahit ngayon, matagal na rin kami.
"Magkakamali at magkakamali ka pa rin sa sobrang daming kailangan mong pindutin.”
Jhai'ho japes, “Para ka na ring nag-drive ng eroplano.”
But again, there will always be room for new learnings.
DJ Danny Jay agrees, “Everyday is a learning process for us din naman.”
Papi Charlz wraps it up.“At tsaka to sum up, lahat ng sinasabin ng mga kasamahan kong DJs dito, true lahat yun.
"Pero ang importante sa lahat ay ang pag-on ng mikropono kasi pag naka-on, tapos nagchichismisan kayo, naririnig yun lahat ng listeners.
So keep in mind the basic, be mindful of the microphone.