For this radio DJ, deciding to pursue his calling meant choosing passion over money.
I moved to L.A. right after I graduated college. I wound up working as an assistant editor during the night shift when everyone was gone. Once I became a full-fledged editor, I realized that I hated it. I was doing pretty much the same thing every day and I was bored. I decided that I was going to take some time off and reassess what I wanted to do with my life.
I started volunteering at a local radio station. After volunteering for about a year and a half, I submitted my on-air demo and was able to get a shift on Tuesday nights at midnight. I did that for a year and a half, and finally landed where I am now – Monday-Friday 10, PM-midnight.
I think I first became truly passionate about music when I was 14 or 15. There was a radio show on the Georgia Tech student-run radio station. It was a revelation for me. I worked at a book store chain during the summer in high school to save up for my first DJ set-up.
You’ll always be able to think of reasons not to do something; figure out ways to make it work. If you’re a slave to your job you’re wasting your life. You’ll be happier if you do what you love.