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4TalentKate
4TalentKate aged 36
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Radio , Music , Television

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Female , 36

Hello.  My name is Kate and I work in television in London.  I started my career as a radio presenter on a small local station, working my way up to the position of head of music within a national broadcaster. More recently, I work in the media as a talent professional offering people the opportunity to get the experience they need to get ahead in the creative industries. I'm keen to hear from those who have the natural raw talent to progress in their careers and want some professional advice.

Life experiences

Radio

I worked in radio for years, starting at University through to working at a national broadcaster. Working in radio is one of the most rewarding careers but it takes commitment and drive to get ahead. I have had the pleasure of working with a number of fantastic people and been at the cutting edge of the music industry liaising with promoters and artists alike.

Redundancy

Despite only having graduated in 2003, I have been made redundant three times in my career. Despite these set-backs what I have learnt is that in fact they make you stronger and more focussed. Competition is high within the media industry, however if you are passionate and talented, you will succeed. The best opportunities have been presented to me during times of uncertainty and I believe in these situations it's important to embrace change rather than being afraid of it.

Internships

In my role I manage various internship programmes at a leading television broadcaster. I am passionate about providing fulfilling, rewarding and importantly - paid placements to those who are trying to get ahead in the industry. Currently internships are a bit of a minefield with little legislation surrounding them. I support fair internships within media companies which recognise and nurture potential, whatever that person's background, age and qualifications.

Why mentor on horsesmouth?

When I first approached my university careers service and asked for advice on getting into radio it would be an understatement to say they didn't know what to do with me, a languages undergrad. Through my career I have been lucky to meet a number of inspiring people who have helped me along the way. I now hope to support others to get ahead in the media industry.

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