Ever wondered what an average day in the life of a radio host is really like, or exactly how long you have to slog it out before you get that dream interview? Verge caught up with KISS FM London’s presenter Tinea Taylor and got talking to her about life at Uni to life in the industry and its highs and the lows.
You entered the Kiss Chosen One search, tell us about the decision to enter and what it has done for your career?
I entered the competition about 5 years ago and it was pretty much straight after I finished University. I heard about it through a girl I worked with at the time and thought this could get my foot in the door in the world of presenting. It really was one of the best decisions I’d made as I didn’t win the competition but it allowed me to meet some great people and allowed Kiss to know who I am, which helped as 2 years later I was approached to join the station.
You trained in Media, film and television at university so how much credit would you give your training and how has it helped you?
My university degree was based more behind the camera and focused a lot on post production so I learnt how to edit and write scripts and learn about different types of cinema. Presenting is something I feel that can’t really be taught it has to be very natural.
The media business is a highly competitive field perhaps because of how glamorous it looks, with red carpets, show biz events and celeb interviews. What is the biggest misconception about your job?
That we don’t work hard. So many people tell me that my job is easy because my radio show is only 3 hours long and all I do is talk but in actual fact live radio is the hardest part of my job. Takes a lot of dedication and hard work to even get on a mainstream station like KissFMUK to begin with. People also think you become friends with the celebs you interview but the reality is, you have your 15 minutes with them and then they’re gone to next publication for an interview. Don’t get me wrong you can build relationships with these artists if you regularly interview them or see them at shows but that happens over time.
What would you say is your career highlight to date?
I’ve been so fortunate that I’ve been able to do some great things like DJ internationally, but one of my highlights has to be interviewing Lady Gaga. I think she’s such an icon and stands for some much as an artist and I think that in many years to come she’s still going to be spoken about for her artistry.
To our readers that may be looking to pursue a career in media? what one piece of advice would you give them?
Be prepared to work for free in the beginning lol! The money is probably the last thing you really see, you also just need to be focused and fearless. The industry is so competitive so you need to go for your goals in order to achieve them. Also have a thick skin I’ve seen some mean things written about me under youtube videos etc so it can’t get to you. I no longer read youtube comments lol.
What is an average weekend like for Tinea Taylor?
It depends, it can be quite busy as I have my weekend show on KissFMUK, some weekends I also could be DJn anywhere across the UK. If I’m off then I’ll be spending time with family and friends accompanied by lots of Netflix.
What has been/is the most challenging part of your job?
The most challenging part I would say is probably being consistent in any field that you’re in and also if I’m honest keeping your job. This industry is so competitive, every year there is new talent that you’ve got to compete with.
What are your plans for the near future? What’s next for you?
I’ve got some projects coming up that i can’t really talk about yet but I can tell you that I’ll be away a lot this summer DJn in Ibiza, Marbella, Mallorca and maybe Croatia.