What do you think sets you apart in the radio industry and how will you capitalise on this?
I like to think that everyone who works in radio should be set apart from everyone else by their personality. No two people are the same, so if you’re just yourself then you should have something special. The problem comes when you try to be someone else. Then you just become watered-down and uninteresting. My game-plan is just to be me then cross fingers and hope people don’t think I’m a complete moron.
What are your three success tips for young ambitious South Africans?
a) Get used to the idea that no matter what industry you’re in, you have to work hard. Sadly entertainers are not exempt from this rule. If you want to make it in showbiz then you have to work as hard, if not harder, than the best; and trust me, they work exceptionally hard!
b) Follow your passion. It’s very hard to push as hard and as long as you need to in any industry if you don’t have an unshakeable love for what you do. Passion is a source of motivation that remains when most others fail. It is a bottom line that keeps you raised above your lowest slumps, and saves you from falling into depressions deep enough to completely consume others.
c) Be nice to everyone. Not enough is said about this last one. No matter what you do or how good you are there’s never an excuse to be a chop! Making it in many industries is largely dependent on people keeping you around long enough for you to get your big break. That probably won’t happen if nobody likes you!
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Honestly, I don’t know. Historically I’ve never been very good with making plans. But don’t worry, I’m planning on changing that.
What’s your favourite musical genre?
I don’t have one. I’m one of those people who will listen to anything as long as it sounds nice.
What keeps you motivated?
My passion for entertainment. A passion is like an addiction that you’re born with. No matter what you do the craving is still there. You can’t run or hide from it. When you accept this and give into it, then motivation isn’t something you have to maintain, it’s just there.
You’ve always love performing. Why is this and how has this helped you develop the confidence needed to be successful in the broadcasting industry?
I’m not sure why it is. Maybe it’s because my parents didn’t really have a curfew for us kids when we were young and I spent my nights sitting on the floor watching TV. Maybe it’s just who I am. I can say though that my love for what I do has been instrumental in giving me the confidence to work in the industry. Confidence in myself as a professional is something I’ve had to learn through practice. I’ve had to become used to seeing myself doing this one thing over and over again. That couldn’t have happened if I didn’t have the motivation to stick around even after I laid an epic egg on stage or on air. That came from loving what I do.
Pags Lucwaba hosts 94.5 Kfm’s weekend evening shows between 21:00-24:00. Follow him on Facebook and twitter @Pags_SA and @945kfm