10 Questions with ... Nicole Weaver
August 11, 2015
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
As a junior in college I landed an internship with WDCG's morning show Bob & The Showgram. I fell in love with producing and went on to interning with the Program Director as well as the Promotions Director. I landed a part time promotions position the day before my college graduation, and a few months later became part time programming as well as promotions. Currently I locally produce "On-Air with Ryan Seacrest" for WDCG in Raleigh, assist with production and work in promotions for our whole cluster.
1) What do you do to maintain a positive mental attitude and stay motivated?
To stay motivated I like to think of where I want to be 10 years from now. Maintaining a positive mental attitude can be hard sometimes, but the way I like to look at things is, if you can't control what is happening then the only thing you can control is how respond to it and you can choose to be negative or choose to be positive, so you might as well choose to be positive.
2) How are you occupying your time, besides looking for a job?
I stay busy with work because I am currently working two part time jobs but I also occupy my time by doing things outdoors with my dog and hanging out with my friends. I'm also a sports junkie so if any game is on, I'm watching it or I'm in the gym... that seems to be my stress release.
3) Do you plan on sticking with radio?
Absolutely. I originally wanted to be in sports television but after working in radio for the past 2 years I cannot see myself in any other industry.
4) What's the best way to get your foot in the door?
The best way to get your foot in the door is to literally get your foot in the door. Don't settle with sending resumes. If possible, go to where you applied and ask to speak to whomever you can. Be persistent and be kind.
5) What has been your best resource for finding out about job openings?
All Access has been very helpful. Also the iHeartMedia career page updates their job-opening page often.
6) What is the next job you'd like to obtain?
I would love to obtain a job as a producer. When interning with Bob & The Showgram I got a lot of first hand experience of what they do and I enjoy every second of it.
7) How are you finding the "courtesy level" at places you've applied? (Callbacks, emails, rejection letters, etc.)
More times than not I only receive an email letting me know the job went to someone else.
8) Are you spending as much time listening to radio as you used to?
Honestly probably more now than before. It not only gives me ideas but it motivates me because I know where I want to be, and hearing people who are already there gives me that extra push to work harder.
9) Having been through all you have dealt with in this biz, what advice would you give people trying to break in?
Be up for whatever and do not be sensitive. Work hard and be kind.
10) Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years?
In 5 years I see myself producing a morning show, in 10 years I see myself having my own morning show. :)
Any books you can recommend to people who need something inspirational to read?
This isn't a book, but the movie 'Almost Famous' is life changing. A good friend and co-worker loves this movie and recommended it to me and after watching it I would recommend it to anyone who needs some inspiration.