The first time is always rough. In front of the mic, an overwhelming arsenal of buttons, knobs, and faders at your disposal but you are too scared to fire up the beast. Fingers shaky over the red, hesitant to make this experience real.
Mic is cracked, music halted so the world can hear your voice, sample your personality. In slides fear, freezing the vocals. All that escapes are fragments of words composed of mixed letters and silence. Lots of awkward silence. You say half of what you are supposed to then cut the mic. Resume music.
We always tell the new students that going on-air is not that bad, it’s not horrid, or a page out of a Stephen King novel. Granted not everyone experiences this imagery drenched initiation into the disc jockey realm, but as we tell the newbies, fear eventually loses. Comfort does come, we promise.
It takes a few times on-air to get going, to find a voice and beef it up with clarity, articulation, enunciation, and, most importantly, personality. As mentioned before, we are entertainers. There is not a magic fairy who sprinkles dust on your sleeping head which turns you into a captivating, enchanting disc jockey. It takes practice. It takes lighting fear on fire and using that light to find out who you really are behind the mic.
Carly is on that journey.
As a freshman, she her name is becoming more familiar around these halls. Mainly for her stellar penmanship (seriously, it looks like typewriter print), but also her smooth, rich voice. Tune in every Tuesday evening from 5 to 7 then you’ll understand.
On-air you may know her as Zelda. Video games lovers, we’re gonna need you to calm down. Her name is not based on a digital princess in the digital realm of Hyrule. We willcover her name’s origin story later.
As for her homeland, Carly grew up in Pampa, TX, just a short hop that way. Being close to home, WT was a viable choice for college. After graduation, her options are open (she still has time to ultimately decide); however, she has expressed interest in film school . Given our Mass Comm program’s great curriculum (not to mention our armada of shiny trophies), the inexpensive education, and our ability to provide a stepping stone to film school, WT seemed prime cut to Carly.
She found her way to KWTS practicum thanks to her advisor and her own curiosity about the class. Making content and having a voice in the worldof media are loves of hers (but she hates listening to herself talk!). What better way to give into Cupid’s spell than to dive into an award-winning program that gives back.
Her eye and passion for art extend beyond media. She’s into buildings and what’s in them, though she prefers the terms architecture and interior design. Maybe one day she’ll design her own extremely rad house.
She’d have a modern arcade, though she’s no league player or achievement hunter. In her movie room, she’d munch on salted popcorn and Twizzlers as she watched the 90s dark classic The
Crow starring the late Brandon Lee, a film older than her, but cherished nonetheless. Head over to the library (yes, some people still read books) to find her reading her favorite Thanks for the Trouble by Tommy Wallach, a compelling love story about Parker and the enigmatic girl Zelda, from whom Carly took her DJ name. She’d have a house-wide BlueTooth speaker system, playing anything from Taylor Swift to Dua Lipa to SIAMES to Gorillaz (Amarillo, anyone?). But don’t be taken by surprise if you were to hear her favorite song Right Where you Want Me by Jesse McCartney. Lastly, at the end of a long day of jamming out, digital adventures, silver screen escapism, and bound stories, she would settle down to a buffet of everything seafood.
Carly is definitely a spirited young woman. What she is growing into within this program is nothing short of spectacular. She has taken the advice to “Dig In!”. Yes, she did just start here at WT, but given her eagerness for involvement, she will have constructed a foundation for a grand career.
We wish you well, Carly. But she is not without her parting words; “I hope you’re having a wonderful morning, afternoon, or evening wherever you are!”
You too, Carly. You, too.