Helping to make waves
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Since as long as I can remember, I wanted to be an actress. Whilst this dream never really disappeared, I started to give slightly more realistic answers to the question as I got older. I’ve always been interested in people, something that’s certainly reflected in my decision to study Politics and Sociology. Law was always a consideration, but I think that was primarily based on watching too many courtroom dramas.
What was your first job?
My very first job was in a newsagent when I was 13. After that I worked in Peter Luis selling high quality men’s and women’s clothing. Whilst at University I did door to door sales. I can’t say it was the most glamorous of jobs, but I learnt so much about sales and engaging people in what I had to say. Working purely on commission was difficult, but a great learning curve.
If you weren't doing your current job, what else might you be doing?
It might be cheating, but I think I would be working in television. As well as radio, I spend far too much of my time watching TV and can’t stand to miss an episode of anything. My friends say I’m never happier than when I’m talking about TV, so perhaps reviewing it, or making it.
What motivates you?
I love learning new things, and relish a good fact. I think radio is a great medium for education, and I listen to a ridiculous number of documentaries. So I guess learning about people’s lives, what inspires them, and then sharing their stories.
Where in your job or career do you find most satisfaction?
Before I started at Manx Radio, I thought I would most enjoy live broadcasts. But I’d now have to say it’s meeting people I never would have met otherwise. I was lucky enough to meet Germaine Greer and interview her about modern feminism, a particular interest of mine. And meeting people who say things I’ve never even thought is particularly satisfying.
What do you do to relax?
It may seem weird, but I listen to the radio. And of course, when I need pictures too, there’s always TV!
What did you study and why?
I studied Politics and Sociology at the University of Edinburgh. It was a four year degree, so I got to spend four years in one of the most amazing cities. I studied both subjects for A Level at Ramsey Grammar School and really enjoyed them. Again, I think the main reason was a genuine interest in people – how we work, how we communicate, but also how we prevent others from having a voice.
What made you return to the Isle of Man?
If I’m completely honest, I never saw myself coming back to the Island. But the opportunity to start my career at Manx Radio was too good a chance to miss. I graduated in July and began the first Monday in September. In the current climate, to go straight from University immediately into your first job is almost unheard of, and not something to pass up. On top of that, I think it’s great to get your first “real” job, your first step on the ladder, when you still have the support of home. It’s hard enough to find your way around a new office without having to find your way around a new city.
Who do you look up to for inspiration?
My mum is my biggest inspiration. She was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis when I was still at primary school, but you wouldn’t know it from talking to her. She’s incredibly driven, honest, generous and never, ever gives up.
What is your favourite quote or motto?
'Leaves are shy when they first fall from the tree.'