‘I learnt we all es­sen­tially do the same job’

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - CAREERS - Q&A with Kyran Wheat­ley

WHY DID TRIPLE J BE­COME YOUR IDEN­TITY?

I have the per­son­al­ity type that likes to hang my hat on one thing. In that so­cial sit­u­a­tion when some­one says, “What do you do?”, you have to sum up your en­tire life but it doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily rep­re­sent who you are.

My mis­take with Triple J was to let it rep­re­sent who I was so when it got stripped away, that’s why it took so long to build it back up.

WHAT ARE YOU DO­ING NOW?

I am a free­lancer, work­ing in pod­cast­ing, com­edy and the arts.

EVER CON­SID­ERED A COM­PLETE CHANGE?

Be­fore get­ting into ra­dio, I had al­ways con­sid­ered ar­chi­tec­ture. I like de­sign­ing stuff. But if you do a quick search for “years spent study­ing to be ar­chi­tect”, it comes up with a num­ber that is re­ally high for some­one who is en­ter­ing their 30s.

I day­dream of mov­ing to the coun­try and join­ing the ru­ral fire ser­vice.

I have al­ways wanted to open a bar. Some­thing I learnt while mak­ing SEEK

Al­ter­nate Route is that skills re­ally are trans­fer­able. It’s not just a cor­po­rate catch­phrase. In ra­dio, it’s about un­der­stand­ing au­di­ences … which is also what jour­nal­ists do, what cafe own­ers do, what ev­ery­one does. We all es­sen­tially do the same job and that was a rev­e­la­tion for me.

WHAT SUR­PRISED YOU MOST WHILE MAK­ING THE POD­CAST?

How com­mit­ted my mum and best mate were to not what job I have but that I am happy in what I am do­ing.

We all think “Is my mum go­ing to be proud of me?”, “What does my best mate think of my job?” but then when you think of your own friends and you don’t care what they are do­ing but whether they are happy do­ing it.

Photo: Con­trib­uted

FREELANCING: For­mer Triple J host Kyran Wheat­ley speaks about his ca­reer change on pod­cast SEEK Al­ter­nate Route.

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