Get voice coaching lessons or find some vocal warm up exercise routines (if you want a long standing career in vocal work you need to look after your voice).
If you can’t afford voice coaching lessons, pop down to your local library and see if they have or can order you in a book on voice exercises.
If you are in the UK find your nearest Hospital Radio station and apply to become a presenter. All Hospital Radio stations are run by volunteers and are where many famous presenters started their careers. To find your nearest station log on to www.hbauk.com the website of the Hospital Broadcasting Association.
If you are at college or university find out if there is a Student Radio station and sign up. If there isn’t already one set up get a group together and start one.
Get involved in local theatre groups; radio presenting is all about putting on a show which entertains the listener which is the same principal as acting.
Start your own internet radio show. There are now many free facilities on the internet which help you broadcast your own internet radio show so they are now very easy to produce and very inexpensive. If you don’t want to start your own show you may want to join an internet radio station that already exists or guest on someone else’s show.
Many professional presenters have done a spot on in-store radio stations so whenever you are in a shop with in-store radio blaring over the speakers ask a member of staff for information.
If you are at school that has events like talent nights or anything that requires an MC, compere or presenter always put your name forward as this can be valuable experience.
Buy (or borrow) a microphone and a recording device like a mini disc player. It is important to record and listen back to your voice as you can then hear how everyone around you hears your voice.
Get a computer with an audio editing software package, when you have refined your vocal skills you can start producing your own radio shows from your own home.
Always record every show you do. After the show listen to it back and critique it so you know what needs to be improved. Also get other people to listen to it and offer their opinions.
DJ’ing at discos and small functions can be a great learning experience on how to cater to a specific audience which radio is all about.
Listen to different types of radio shows including national, local, commercial and internet shows and see how the shows are structured so you can then make your show sound more professional.
Offer your services to local stations as a volunteer, this can be a great way to gain practical experience and make important contacts.
Find out about call-in radio shows and call-in. Getting on air as a caller can be great experience as you get your voice live on air and you get to interact with a professional presenter and if you can be entertaining it is a good sign that you will make a good presenter. Once you have been on a show once call in the show every day and become a regular contributor this can get you noticed by station bosses.
Read as many trade publications as possible, log on to media job websites and radio station websites as at time to time adverts for presenters will be posted.
When you feel you have produced a great show start making demos and send them to radio stations. When doing this try to find a name to address the demo to at each station as this increases the chance of someone listening to them. If you find out about a new station opening up always get your demo in as early as possible so you are at top of the pile.