Naomi Lynn Celebrates a Very Special Anniversary Today
Today (June 12) will always be an incredibly special day to me, and no it's not a marriage anniversary, or an anniversary for dating someone. This is big. The day my entire life changed - for the better!
Four years ago today, everything in my life changed. It was my first day ever in the 'biz.' The first time I ever put my headphones on, turned on the mic, and got paid for following my dreams. It may not seem like that big of a deal to you, but it was a long road to get to that point - and it's a day I'll never forget.
Growing up I didn't know what I wanted to do with my life - I didn't have any big dreams (I had a few ideas, but nothing was what I really wanted to do). I finally found out I wanted to be in radio when a local radio station came to the party store I worked at (they were doing a live broadcast). The people looked like they were having so much fun, and it seemed like such a cool job, and I could actually see myself doing that for the rest of my life.
I talked with the sales rep that was there with the station and told him I could see myself doing radio. He told me I should get in contact with Specs Howard School of Media Arts (a broadcasting/media school in Southfield, Michigan). And that's where it all began.
The fall after I graduated high school I enrolled at Specs. I completed my courses, did an internship, and got my radio diploma. And that wasn't the hard part. (Don't get me wrong, it was challenging - especially for someone who use to be a constant mumbler). The hardest part was breaking into the industry. I couldn't find a job. I sent out demos and resumes all over - hundreds of them, but just wasn't getting any bites. I thought maybe a picked a bad profession, but I didn't want to do anything else.
Well, persistence pays off. It may have taken a year after graduating from Specs, but I finally landed my first job in radio! Back at 96.9 WBTI out of Port Huron, Michigan where the program director decided to give me a chance. I'll never forget that first day - Live on the air - scared to death, but more excited than I've ever been, at the same time.
June 12 will come around every year - and every year I'll remember how important this day is. I can't believe I made it! I can't believe I followed my dreams and actually made them come true! It just gets me thinking, if I can do it, what's stopping you? Whatever you want to do, you can! You just have to keep fighting, keep pushing through. There were a lot of bumps on my road (and for the sake of not boring you - I couldn't write them all in here), but if I knew back then I would make it this far, I probably would have pushed a little harder through those rough spots.
I hope this inspires you to get out there and follow your dreams today - whatever they may be. You're never too young, old, whatever - to be doing what you love. And whatever you want to be doing remember, it takes a lot of work, effort, and time, but in the end it's MORE than worth it. Good Luck!