For some of you reading this, you may not know the back story…and I’ll keep it brief. My dream at 13/14 years old was to be a radio presenter; and that became a reality in 2011 at 45, when fate stepped in as I like to say, following two random conversations. I believe I was always destined for this – to tell stories!
It certainly has been an AMAZING ride to date.
I started out doing live shows which has a certain buzz, to interviewing people in open venues like the Royal Festival Hall (which became my all time favourite and finally spot!), until I finally moved interviewing online via Skype in early 2014. All offered their own challenges and dynamics to the art of interviewing – teaching me to adapt and broaden my skills.
I didn’t purposefully end my live shows, the station shut down unexpectedly – ironically during my own live show! While this seemed ‘tragic’ at the time, I would be forever grateful to the owner of the station Nicola, who let me develop into the presenter I am today without trying to mould me to what she thought I should be. She allowed my creativity to flow in whatever direction I wanted. For me, that was the first time I’d been left to fly! I created and tested shows that I saw in my mind’s eye working – just because I thought of them. I found guests who had never been part of anything like that before, but got stuck in and actually enjoyed the process as much as I did.
I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. – Maya Angelou
Without planning it to be so, Dream Corner has mostly grown because guests have referred others to come on. Even guest who came on 3/4 years ago, still tell people to get in touch! I rarely look for guests – and I don’t mean that in an arrogant way – far from it, but as a testament to what is possible….and why I LOVE the Maya Angelou quote – it truly represents what the show is about and how I’ve wanted it to be.
I pay tribute to all the women who have come on to tell their story – been vulnerable, and opened up about things they were not so comfortable talking about. Others going back in time, remembering things they had forgotten and others who just found their voice while taking tentative steps talking to me. I’ve been incredibly lucky, fortunate, blessed – call it what you like….most of all, I’m grateful to ALL my guests.
Grateful that for some unexplainable reason, most of the guests have had a message for me – of course not knowing this. It may have been one line here or an example there that made me think, or confirm a thought I had…or something. I call these gifts that have been wrapped up for me – that have been jigsaw puzzles completing my life. I thank all of you!
I’m trying not to ramble on with all my inconsistent thoughts and feelings I have about today…I’ve had many – but I’ll spare you all….but I will end on this note:
Whatever you LOVE to do, give it your all! Whoever you serve, serve with humility and see it as a gift and an honour that you have an opportunity to do so. Take nothing for granted. Paid or unpaid – be true to yourself. Let the real you shine through – the world around benefits from that because that’s the gift that you are.
I’m raising a glass to all of you who’ve done me the honour of showing your real and true selves on the show. Here’s to many more years of amazing interviews.
Thank you xx
To show how FAR I’ve come in interviewing and my editing skills, here’s a clip I mashed together back in 2012, which is not edited well, but it gives you a flavour of me back in the day 😉