Elise used her experiences at Roundhouse as a springboard into a radio career.
This is my story of how the Roundhouse turned my world around and I was able to achieve my dreams.
I wasn’t starving, I wasn’t homeless, I wasn’t in danger, but not everyone’s story is about being on the brink of disaster or death. Sometimes it’s about being on a downward spiral and having that feeling of despair and worthlessness.
In 2008 I had just finished University with a physical science degree and didn’t love my career options. I was in a position where I felt I’d screwed up my chances of working in my dream job of music or radio and lost a lot of confidence in myself.
After a year out of Uni I applied for a £10 podcast course at the Roundhouse and was accepted solely on my enthusiasm and my willingness to learn. In three months I was given the chance to create a radio show on Transmission Roundhouse (then Roundhouse Radio) and from there, a paid traineeship to run the station.
Since then I’ve had the chance to achieve my dreams and more working for BBC Radio 1/1Xtra, Radio X, and BBC Introducing. I’ve also run events on behalf of BBC Music, and playlisted for global music companies like Sony and Vevo.
Looking back over the past ten years I truly believe I owe my career to those early days and I met many of my (now) friends and industry colleagues stemming from events caused by that first podcast course. In 2016 I jumped out of a plane (to raise money!) to support the studios work going forward and in 2017 taught my first course to aspiring young radio producers. More things I never thought I would get to do in my life.
I’ve seen so many of my friends go from being expelled from school or being told they’re a failure due to their performance at school, to getting their first taste of the creative arts and delivering some moving performances at a ridiculously young age.
All this because the old train shed in NW1 gave them a chance. It’s a really special place and I wouldn’t be where I am without the team (old and new) that gave me a chance and were friendly faces at a stressful time in my life.