Full name: Georgette Pierre
Job title: Broadcast Host and Producer
Time in current role: 10 years
Georgette is a radio/TV personality, writer and producer. Visit her website here.
How did you land your current job?
I currently work in TV production but spent a lot of time building my skill sets and experience in broadcast. My first radio gig was in college at Norfolk State University at WNSB 91.1 FM. I continued with radio at my grad school, Emerson College, at WERS 88.9 FM and that’s where I really took broadcast by storm. I was editing audio, programming music and writing news stories. I wanted to learn as much as I could and my radio/broadcast experience opened up doors for other things. I started executive producing and hosting my own podcast and wrote for music/pop culture sites including Killer Boombox, VH1, and MTV News. I then went on to produce and hoste my own YouTube web series called #DearGeorgette and became a contributor to a friend’s iTunes podcast called 2 Dope Boys and a Podcast.
What are the key functions of your role?
When I had my radio gig, I was a one woman show. As far as my web series, I’m the executive producer but I work with an amazing team of people, most of whom have grown with me from the beginning and still work on the series to this day. I have to be very decisive but allow room for flexibility as things don’t always go as planned in production so I have to pivot when I’m required to. My overall goal is to produce content that I’m happy with and proud of, and I feel like I’ve been able to accomplish that because I no longer try to do things alone.
Talk us through your typical day at work
I wake up between 6-7am so I don’t feel like I’m rushing through the morning. First thing I do to get my mind right is pray and meditate when I’m not being lazy, then I eat breakfast and relax. The production side of my daily life is more structured then when I’m working on broadcast related projects for myself. I work for a major media company so I arrive in the morning around 10 am. Lunch is flexible. I’m appreciative of having autonomy here because it allows me to work at my own pace. When I’m working on my personal broadcast projects, I’m a lot less structured and I find time for projects in between the work day or work on things late at night.
How would your colleagues describe you in three words?
Manifester, go-getter, outspoken.
Your favourite part of the job?
On the production side (my corporate job in TV production), I appreciate and am grateful for the autonomy. I was traveling to LA a lot for work earlier this year and I loved every moment of it.
My favourite part about working on my personal projects is creating something I love and knowing that it can’t take be taken away from me.
…and the part you could do without?
Corporate companies can be very political and having to play the game isn’t always fun.
Plans for the future?
To transition out of the corporate world and get more experience producing long-form content – I want to work and write for episodic television. I’m working on my first screenplay and I’m going to produce my own late night show and shoot more seasons of #DearGeorgette. I’m also taking editing classes so I can improve my story producing skills. Just creating content all over the place!
Do you have any advice for others aspiring to break into your field?
- Seek mentors along the way. We millennials want to believe we know it all but mentors that are in the places you want to be can help pull you up or connect you with people who can.
- Be smart about your finances. Find ways to create content or accomplish your goals with resources that may not always require you paying out of pocket.
- Don’t let someone’s NO be your be-all and end-all. You’re going to hear a lot of no’s before you get that yes.
- Stay cool and level headed. My boss always reminds me that you have to get in the door first. Being a hotheaded won’t get you very far.
- Stay knowledgeable, read books, magazines and stay inspired.
- Learn to negotiate. I’m learning more about this right now. I don’t know why I fear speaking up in these situations when I’m vocal in so many other areas. Remember closed mouths don’t get fed.
- Trust and believe in yourself. You got this. LLY