November 30, 2013 08:54
Since quitting her job as a weather forecaster for MBC early this year, Park Eun-ji has spent the last nine months of her life adding new strings to her bow and enjoying every minute of her new life.
After seven years as a weather girl, she decided to change tracks and has appeared in various shows and dramas on TV. Her transformation recently took a new direction as she started to host a radio show that airs live from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. every day.
"I've wanted to do this ever since I was really young. I thought the chance would eventually come one day as my career developed, but I'm glad that it landed on my doorstep so much sooner than I expected," she said. "I don't think I was picked because I'm exceptionally skilled. Rather, the producers of the radio show liked me because I work hard and I have the potential to show something different and try new things that defy the stereotyped format of a morning radio show."
She said that listeners to her show want to relax and feel as though they are spending time with a friend as it airs during the morning rush hour, when most people are on a bus or subway and tune in with their earphones.
"I guess they prefer someone who is friendly and talkative yet soft-spoken, rather than someone who just delivers hard news," said Park
She once dreamed of becoming a designer as she earned a degree in fashion design at Seoul’s Konkuk University.
"Our coursework involved a lot of presentations, but I was never nervous about speaking in front of a big audience," she said. "Professors who recognized my confidence suggested I should go into broadcasting, and later I got a chance to compete in the World Miss University pageant. Because of that, I got to know people working in this industry and they gave me lots of helpful advice. Then one thing led to another, and it kind of snowballed from there."
Park seems to be enjoying trying her hand at many different things, even though it has led some critics to question exactly where she is taking her career.
"I try to be open-minded and welcome people's reactions, because I feel like I haven't yet reached my final destination career-wise. I'm still finding my way and hope to keep moving up to the next level," she said.
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