Staying on-air reporting news or running a show requires enough energy. Journalism is one career that you have to be near-perfect while in the line of duty.
Your physical and emotional stability is also vital to enhance your productivity. The listeners must visualize your smile behind the microphone.
Naturally, you cannot wake up on the right side of the bed every day. You need to ensure you cover your rough days with a smile since missing the show is not an option.
To have the best radio career, your activities away from the air comes in handy.
If you’ve never thought of what to do while relaxing with your family, try welding. The joining of metals to make beautiful designs as DIY projects come with many benefits.
Here are some of them
- Builds your muscles
- Adds value to your radio presenting career- extra income through contracts
- Sharpens your mental focus
- Helps you maintain a healthy weight
You notice that welding is a skill that complements radio presenting.
How is this possible?
The prolonged sitting hours are replaced by movements here and there to come up with the best design.
Moreover, the increased blood flow keeps cardiovascular diseases at bay. In this article, we want to educate radio presenters on the best way to start this new career besides presenting.
Below are five easy steps to achieve this
1. Purchase the right equipment
Metalwork is a risky activity when you lack the right equipment. Remember, you are a novice; you can’t start by purchasing the commercial machine.
Do you even have an idea of how they are used? Everything is gradual; you’ll get there. Even professional welders have a story to tell.
The right equipment here is the simple welding machine and the protective gear. Ensure all body parts are covered from any accidents.
2. What do you need as protective welding gear?
Helmets: They come in handy to protect the head. A welding helmet must have a transparent glass with variable shade to accommodate different light intensity.
Welding boots: They cover the feet from any injury. The resistant sole is essential to prevent slips while in the workshop.
Welding gloves: You still need your hands as smooth as possible to accommodate your celebrity status. Wear them to prevent the rough texture from the metals as well as high heat intensity.
Welding overall: If you want a one-piece garment like a jumpsuit to take care of the neck up to the feet, then you need to wear an overall. It keeps your clothes clean and fashionable. Remember, you still have a title to protect.
3. Get a mentor to hold your hand
As much as there is multimedia content that helps you start your new skill, time is essential. You don’t have all the time to concentrate and practice the skills on your own.
You need the confidence to jump-start you. Look for a certified welder around you. Dedicate a few hours from work within the day, depending on the time you host your show.
Let them give you tips and skills. The experience is vital to hasten the process and allows you to learn what you need.
The secret here is to practice once you have the confidence. During the mentorship program, try the welding machine to have confidence.
4. Focus on a specified discipline
Welding has many disciplines, which also mean you need the correct equipment for a specific subject. That is not what we need for beginners.
We need the basics. As you do this, get to know what you want to be in the long run. Here is a list of some of the welding disciplines you can opt for depending on your passion
- Arc welding
- MIG welding
- Oxy-Acetylene welding
- TIG welding
Once you have the basics which give you the general skills in welding, you can now specialize. As you do this, purchase the specific equipment based on the discipline.
5. Practice simple designs
At this point, you now have the confidence and necessary skills to start you off. It’s now time to draw simple designs and try and make it.
What do you miss in your home? Is it a bookshelf or a stand? Try and use the skills to make that design.
Secondly, now move a step further and make something for your office. It’s one way of throwing yourself to the market.
Make a microphone holder or a photo holder or any simple metalwork design. Listen to negative criticisms from your colleagues.
Use that to your advantage and sharpen your areas of weakness. Take the positive criticism as a stepping stone to the next level.
6. Try out DIY designs
You are now on the right track. You can now comfortably enhance your skill using the digital content; if you feel you have no time to go for mentorship.
Although, you are still far from having certifications; you can’t afford to leave your mentor at this point.
You need special welding skills to get a title in the discipline of choice. Besides, you now know if welding is your thing or not.
With this in mind, it’s you to choose what works for you. Even if you don’t start commercializing your new skills, you should bid goodbye to your local welder for simple metalwork.
You can make cabinets, stands, and curtain rods, among other DIY projects, to sharpen your skills.
Welding is like a computer; when you take time before holding the machine, you somehow become redundant.
These are a few tips to start you off. It’s also evident that radio presenters can become good welders. You only need to have passion, commitment, hard work, and determination to have the title- experienced welder/ radio presenter. It adds value to your resume. You never know who will give you a dream welding contract.Read Full Story