Speak As You Feel - Monica Sharma

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1. Tell us about your background and journey.

I passed my Engineering in 2012. During my B.Tech, I realized my love for writing and stage. Only then I decided that I would grow up as an artist and started working as a freelance writer. In 2015, I went for MTV Roadies and it to the journey. 

I was living the best time of my life when I injured my spine while deadlifting in the Gym. I was bedridden for 2 years and over 20 neurosurgeons told me I would never be able to go back to my 'normal' life. I tried everything that people suggested me and luckily, some alternate treatments worked for me. 

After this injury, I wanted to start my life afresh so I enrolled myself in the Masters of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication. I wanted to be a News Reporter. Not even in my distant dreams, had I thought that I would fall in love with Radio.

2. Why did you choose RJing as a career and what were the first steps you took?

I remember there was this interview going on for my university radio. I went there just because I didn't want to attend my lecture. And since I was there, they asked me to go on to give a voice test. I remember I randomly talked about the weather and cracked some jokes. When I came out of the studio, everyone was clapping. 

I was told that I sound too good on radi9 and I have got that Radio wali voice. Well, I didn't bother then. I have a strange kind of love of trophies and used to participate in various events. Once, I loved the trophy that was on display for winners of RJ hunt. 

Just for that trophy, I participated and won. It was the first time when I realized that mic makes me happy and this is what I want to do. And bingo! I won every RJ hunt I participated in. Now, I knew that I am good at it, it makes me happy and hence, I want to do Radio

3. What challenges can one face during live calls?

Haha. We don't take live calls. Calls are always recorded between the two links i.e when you tease your no. And when u play-caller Interaction. Because you never know what and how would caller talk. Radio is a very clean medium. God forbid if some caller says anything inappropriate; that won't go well.

4. What are the skills required to be a radio jockey?

People think RJs only speak and that's the biggest lie! Only a good voice won't make you a good RJ. You have to very very creative with your words. You must know the art of selecting content. 

You have to stand out with what you do otherwise people won't listen to you. And becoming an RJ is not that easy. Unless or until an RJ leaves his/her job or a new station is launched; there isn't any vacancy.

5. Does one also need to be technologically savvy in your favorite?

Well, one has to be good with technology. As I said, being an RJ doesn't mean you have to speak only. You have to manage a lot of things

6. What makes a person connect with their audience as an RJ?

Being what you are. Don't try to be someone else just to impress people. Don't be afraid of doing mistakes. This is how listeners will connect to you. I, very often, on my show tell people that how my mom insulted me this morning because I wasn't waking up, my love for tea, how I am trying and failing to lose weight, how I overate yesterday. 

Radio is one on one medium. So, when u speak, one has to feel that you are talking to him/her only. And if you succeed in this, you are good to go. 

7. Which is your favorite book?

My favorite book is Forty Rules of Love by Elif shafak

- Monica Sharma , Radio Jockey

- Interviewed by Shilpy Sharan

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