You’ve worked hard and are ready to go on with that next step to becoming a professional broadcaster
. . . but what comes next? An internship? Your first job? Are you excited? Terrified? A bit of both?
Probably! I know I was. I’m Tammy Trujillo and I’ve been a radio and TV broadcaster in Southern California since I was 19-years-old. I’ve worked as a DJ, Newscaster, News Reporter, Sports Anchor, Traffic Anchor and Public Affairs Show Host…and I still do. Crazy, but I’m on the air 7 days a week. And I also teach college broadcasting. And I write books…Intern Insider: Getting the Most Out of Your Internship in the Entertainment Field and Writing and Reporting News You Can Use. I’ve won awards…quite a few of them. And I love animals; just thought I’d throw that in for fun!
I got my start purely by being in the right place at the right time. I wasn’t ready and I wasn’t good, but I refused to let this amazing opportunity get away from me. If I wasn’t on the radio, I was listening to it, diagramming the DJ’s breaks and later that day, trying them during my own show. It was trial and error and a lot of mistakes and nerves, but somehow it worked.
I was already on the air during my final two years of college and one of the things that I valued most were the handful of professors I had who actually were successful on the air. Sadly, most of my instructors had either not been on the air in years or were not successful in the industry. That’s one of the reasons I started teaching…so that I could share what I had learned as a pro with students trying to get their foot in the door.
Over the next few months, I’m going to share some of those things with you here at www.SchoolVideoNews.com. And if you have something you would like to get my perspective on, you can email me at [email protected] You just might see your question answered in an upcoming article.
The bottom line is that you are about to enter a crazy, weird, serious, dramatic industry that will at times totally amaze you, scare you, be a lot of fun and be way too much. You will go places that those outside the industry don’t get to go and meet people that everyone wants to meet but likely never will. You can do amazing things for people through your on-air work. You can entertain them, inform and educate them and maybe even change their lives. Who knows, you may do something to change the world!
I am already proud of you for taking this leap and going into an industry that some people may have told you is impossible to succeed in and one that has been much maligned as of late. It is a wonderful career with unlimited potential. I have and do love all the aspects of my career and seriously, wouldn’t change a thing. I really look forward to talking with you next month!
Tammy’s website is www.TammyTrujillo.com
Tammy Trujillo is both an entertainer and an educator. She began in the entertainment field as a child and since graduating from Cal State Fullerton, has continuously worked in the Los Angeles market as a News Anchor, Reporter, Sportscaster and Commercial Voice-Over Artist. Combining her real-world experience with a hands-on approach to learning, Tammy has also taught broadcasting for the past 25 years at many of Southern California's most prestigious private schools and colleges. She is currently the lead Professor of Broadcasting at Mt. San Antonio College, as well as Director of its two award-winning campus radio stations. Throughout her career, she has received numerous honors for her work both on the air and behind-the-scenes, including several Golden Mike Awards from the Radio Television News Association. Tammy is a member of SAG-AFTRA, a former Board member of the Associated Press Television Radio Association, a Hall of Fame member at Long Beach City College, and a member of Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters.