Name: Isabel Bartak-Healy, AKA Izzy Showbizzy.
Job title: Presenter/Producer and Entertainment Correspondent with Cork’s Red FM.
Salary bracket: Not enough to travel the world yet!
Education background: Primary School, Cork School Project, Secondary School, St Angela’s College and my degree is in Media and Journalism from Griffith College, Cork.
Hobbies: Crossfit and Pilates — basically being active!
Describe your job in five words: Exciting, rewarding, creative, fun, and hectic.
Describe yourself in five words: Bubbly, enthusiastic, driven, loyal and outgoing.
Personality needed for this kind of work? Outgoing and bubbly.
How long are you doing this job? Six years.
How did you get this job? Where do I start! I always knew I wanted to do media and work in radio and TV. I studied Media and Journalism in Griffith College, Cork, and I adored my course! I got so much experience in all areas of media, in particular radio as the college had its own radio station which used to go live for a week (my favourite week every year in college).
During my second year of college, Red FM ran a competition to be a ‘Superstar DJ for a Day’ and present the then Breakfast show — The Red Roosters. I auditioned and gave it all I got and I ended up winning!
I remember you had to text in and vote for the person you liked the most to win so I printed out signs to pass around the college and even put one in my back car window! I wanted it that badly!
From there I just stuck around as much as I could until someone would give me an opportunity. I did work experience; I was a Red Patroller, all while learning the tricks of the trade in the background.
I got an opportunity to cover some shows over Christmas six years ago and since then I’ve never left the building — working my way up to where I am now.
Do you need particular qualifications or experience? Not necessarily. It helps but radio is a lot of practical work so sometimes you get lucky and if you get a foot in the door and if you’re a fast learner it’s a bonus.
Describe a day at work: I come into the office at 2pm and straight away I’m looking for showbiz! Once I’ve all of the latest stories gathered I then record, voice and edit each piece which goes out on Red FM throughout the afternoon in bulletins.
After that, if I don’t have any meetings scheduled, celebrity interviews or promotional videos to make, it’s time to focus on the show, gathering more content and planning for the night ahead. And then it’s onto my favourite part of the day! Going live from 7pm, kicking off the show with the Top 7 at 7 completely voted for by listeners.
How many hours do you work a week? I work 40 hours-plus. I DJ at Voodoo Rooms straight after my show on Thursday evenings. Some weeks I may have extra duties MCing events or more DJing.
What do you wear to work? It varies! On my causal days, jeans and runners and a top but if I know I’ll be on camera that day I’ll make more of an effort!
Is your industry male or female dominated? On air it’s definitely male dominated but I think that’s beginning to change — thank God!
Does this affect you in any particular way? I’m all about supporting women and it would be great to hear more females on air.
Is your job stressful? How? Rate it on a scale of 1-10: Anything can happen with live radio so yes, that can be stressful, but I’m lucky to be doing what I love.
Do you work with others or on your own? I produce and present my show on my own, however I have a bit of social media help from the team from time to time.
When do you plan to retire or give up working? God, I haven’t even thought about that! Not for a good while anyway!
Best bits: I love chatting to people — doing celebrity interviews is my favourite.
Worst bits: If I have to say something it would be working unsociable hours, however I wouldn’t give it up for the world.
Advice to those who want your job? I always say to people be willing to make the tea for a while to get to where you want to be! You have to be willing to put in the hard work and long hours.
Any other comments?
Tune in to hear me on Red Hits from Monday to Thursday, 7pm to 10pm, and Live from the Pod in Mahon Point, on Saturdays, from 2pm to 6pm.
Izzy starts a new column in WOW! next week.