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Raising my voice for your cause...

And Now, a WOSB

Heidi in Alaska So after many many years workig for others, I am making another change...to entrepreneurship. In buisness for myself - small business, yes, but my business.

I’m transitioning from working outside the home, to working in the studio in my home.  There are challenges: for example, I’m a very social being.  I love people and social interaction is very important.  I've learned that I need to get out of the house, even if it's just to go to Starbucks and sit with my lap top.
 
Just the simple act of leaving the house is helpful.  I make myself get out of bed and go for a 3 mile run most mornings to start my day.  That not only keeps me moving, but it's kind of therapeutic, too.  I find that if I stay in the house too long, it's easy for the day to just kind of get away from me.  So it's weird and challenging. 

I think in many ways working for someone else is easier than working for yourself.  But I think working for yourself is or can be more rewarding.  Ya gotta love those flexible hours! I try to structure my days and that's helpful. I'll make a coffee date or appointment, but I try not to over commit.  I have to make a real effort to make sure I leave myself plenty of hours to work on my voiceover work.  So I've learned to prioritize. What do I need/want to accomplish today? 

The work itself is really fun.   Having a studio set up inside my home and being able to sit down in front of a  mic with my hair up in a baseball hat and slippers on my feet - isn't a bad way to go!  I love voiceover.

After all these years, I still get a thrill from making the mic come alive. And now I do it as a WOSB - a Woman Owned Small Business!

A Women DJ? Never!

For the past 33 years, I've worked outside of the home. 

I got my first job when I was 13 years old working at The Twin Tee Pees Restaurant in Seattle. I stuck with what I knew for awhile with jobs at A&W, Burgermaster, Maverick Steak House & IHOP.  I loved the tips and was able to work my way through school slinging food.  When I graduated high school I enrolled in Bailie School of Broadcast. 

I knew I wanted to be on the radio. I was a radio "groupie" when I was growing up.  I would call the disc jockeys on the air at KING and KJR Radio in Seattle and do whatever I could to get on the air.  I loved top 40 and wanted to be on the radio since I was 11.  On career day in high school, I went to KZOK.  I asked them if there were any women disc jockeys.  They looked at me like I was nuts, but honestly, there weren't any female jocks on the air in Seattle yet.  Maybe the token traffic girl, but not an actual jock. So that's what I wanted and that's what I did. 

I graduated from broadcasting school, and at the suggestion of Dick Curtis who worked at Bailie School of Broadcast, I hopped in my gold mustang coupe and hit the road. I was armed with resumes, cassette airchecks, and a brief case that made me feel like a grown up.  I hit several radio stations from Anacortes to Hoquim.  I was willing to go out of state but ended up about 50 miles outside of Seattle at a country station.  KJUN Radio.  My program director didn't think Heidi May sounded country enough, so they called me Chrissy Thomas on the air.  I would later see my first program director working as a janitor in the same building I worked in when I was at KBSG Radio in Seattle.  Awkward? A little. 

That's how I got started in my illustrious radio career.  It's been very good to me for many years, but the jig is up.  The industry is chewing people up and spitting them out.  So here I am.  Ready for the next chapter. 

I will write more in the next posting --