Verge meets: Maya Jama with Formua E open talent call

We’ve all had a little think about our careers over the quarantine period and it’s even made a lot of us change directions. But when you’re thinking about taking a huge step forward into chasing your dreams it’s handy to have some support and lifelines along the way. That’s where Formula E comes in; if you’ve ever been guilty of standing in front of the mirror with a hairbrush pretending to host a TV show, this opportunity is probably for you.

Formula E is breaking boundaries in electronic racing by only using electric cars on its tracks, making it the most environmentally friendly way to enjoy some high-speed thrills. They take pride in representing the future of motor racing and love opening up doors for young people who will very soon be a huge part of keeping their ethos going.

If you think that’s exciting it only gets better; Formula E is partnering up with the presenting genius that is Maya Jama for one of the best presenting opportunities for young, under-represented groups. The launch of the ‘Open Talent Call‘ auditions is giving the chance of having some spotlight to those who might not usually get one.

This opportunity will be available for all 18-24-year-olds to try their luck at being a part of the paid presenting/commentating team for the opening round of the new season starting in Santiago, Chile! To get your start at becoming the next big thing, all you have to do is send in a video answering some questions – it’s as easy as posting about your day on Instagram.

Just to give all of you who are thinking about taking the big step forward a little extra help, we had caught up with Maya herself about what it takes to be a presenter, how she got started and what useful lessons she learned along the way. How could it get better than getting cheat codes from the judge herself?

The main thing I always tell young people is do everything you can yourselves so that when the opportunity does come around, whether it is a screen test or audition, that you know that you have practiced as much as you can prior without even having the script.

Before I started radio, I used to record myself on my phone, like fake radio shows, so I would have the song in the background and say “that was this song…” then I would listen back and think I would sound like a robot and do it again.

No previous experience is required – all you have to do is send in a video and answer some questions – this is an amazing opportunity for a young person to break into the highly-competitive world of broadcasting!

Maya Jama  is part of Formula E’s ‘Open Talent Call’ which is an open audition for young people aged 18-24 to win a paid role on the Formula E presenting team next season. Find our more here.