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Interviews |  14 May 2019 18:58 |  By Namrata Kale

I strive to make ends meet and make sense of my existence: RJ Simran

BIG FMs RJ Simran, a romantic at heart ‘live wire’ RJ does make the radio listening more lively to the audience. She ensures that her audience is well entertained through content, trending stories and music that never let their afternoons get lazy. 

Well, Simran has an interesting history on how she landed the job of an RJ. In an exclusive interview with Radioandmusic the fun, quirky RJ shares her journey. Excerpts.

How would you describe yourself?

I am a proud mother trying to maintain a balance between everything. I am a mixture of an Independent urban woman and a homely person who strives to make ends meet and make sense of my existence.

How did you get into RJing?

I never wanted to become a radio jockey. I always wanted to get into the world of modelling. It was a childhood dream to be on a ramp, but when I grew up I decided on taking up medicine. Though, I discontinued my medical studies post 12th standard as my English teacher advised me to do something different. She saw something in me and felt that I would do better in another field. This is when I enrolled into Mass Communication/Journalism course. While I was pursuing the course my friend got a call from a radio station for an interview and I tagged along with her. I too gave the interview just for fun and got selected. At that moment I realised that I was meant to be an RJ.

Did you really want to be in the medical field?

Ideally no, but my dad wanted me to be a doctor. Moreover, he was pretty ‘filmy’ and had that mindset that ‘badi hoke mein chahta hoon ki tum humare gaon mein ek hospital mein kaam karo’. It took some time to convince him, but he supported me.

What do you love doing as an RJ?

Talking to people and listening to their stories. I am one of those blessed souls who get to witness something like this each day.

Who/ What inspired you to be an RJ?

I would say my father and mother, the conditions in which my father grew up were extremely difficult, even my mother. These two people inspired me along with so many responsibilities and difficulties in life. They raised two children who are doing extremely well in their lives today. I believe it is only because of my mother and father that I am here. My teacher as well, who recognised the talent in me.

Where does your interest lie apart from RJing?

I completely love fashion; this would have been my answer few years back. Today my interest lies in spending my time with my son.

What is the most difficult part of being a jock?

People say that tumhe to bolne ke paise milte hai, but it is not that easy. I believe everyone has got that emotional quotient and we go through ups and downs. Every day when you switch on the mike you have to have a smile on your face and tell people that you are happy, that does not necessarily mean we are in our best moods. These are the times it gets extremely difficult for us.

You have been in the industry for 12 years now. What are the changes you want to see in the industry?

Radio brands should recognize talent from smaller cities. There are certain organizations that have set some standards of qualification. There can be a change done in this policy.

Do you see any RJ as an idol?

I used to listen to Archana Jani and RJ Raunak. He is this one RJ who speaks his heart out and is sure to touch you.

Were there any embarrassing moments in your initial RJing days?

I was always a technically challenged person. So, when I got selected my biggest fear was to handle the radio console. The day I joined, I had to go for training and there were senior people to train us on consoles. I was so scared and confused that I did not get a word on what they explained. So, that was a bit of embarrassment for me.

Any message for budding RJs?

Firstly know if you are a budding RJ, I did not know that I had this talent. You need to know what you are good at. I have seen many youngsters who are crazy to become RJs just because they think it’s cool, the reality is much more than that. You need to be creative, spontaneous, ask yourself if you are truly meant for this.