This approach will save you so much time and build your courage muscle, making it possible to achieve what you want, faster than you ever thought possible.
1. Prioritise relationships. Everyone you see around you will run the industry one day.
You are surrounded by future executives, future head writers, future broadcasters. Because you’re not really a late night person and because you’re so focused on yourself, you will often pass up opportunities to get to know these people better and to help them. Instead, you should focus just as much on making friends and helping others as you do on becoming a great writer/producer. You will learn more by sharing your journey openly with others and allowing people to see your vulnerabilities.
2. It’s not all about you – while you’re busy making yourself great, help make others great
Being great yourself is only half the equation to being successful in radio or TV. The other half is helping others be great. It’s never too early in your career to spend some of your time helping to lift others up too. You will learn more by teaching others what you know, even when you know next to nothing. Ask yourself, “How can I form the habit of giving?” The best mindset here is to expect nothing in return. That aspect tends to take care of itself.
3. Try everything that community radio and TV has to offer
You have a really clear vision for wanting to work in television, but you will learn more about yourself and meet more interesting people if you try everything. Be more open to looking stupid and failing at things. Try everything. Especially if it’s paid.
4. You might not end up with a career in radio or TV, but this is 100% the place you need to be right now
5. Ask for more help
You get a certain amount of pride when you figure things out on your own, but you’re slowing your growth and it comes across as insecure. No one wants to be friends with someone who is closed off and insecure. Allowing people to help you will make others feel good and make your life easier at the same time. When you ask people for help, ask without any expectation that they will help. Be grateful when they agree to help, but don’t worry if they can’t. Just go ask someone else and eventually you’ll get a yes. Side note: the same principle applies to dating.
6. Make a community radio or TV show about personal finance
Community radio or TV, doesn’t matter. It will help you understand how the world works and you’re incredibly naïve about that. So start now. You really know nothing about money, in fact you’re a little afraid of it. It’s no wonder you have none. It’s the things that scare you the most which you must do first.
As you learn about money and personal finance you can share that knowledge with others. There are a massive number of young people like you who are entering the workforce knowing next to nothing about money. You can help these people as you help yourself. Everyone will be richer for it. And it’s okay to want to make money. You can still do what you love and have a heart and want to make money. In fact, you definitely should. 2 minute noodles are great, but they’re not as great as compound interest.