27 May 2011, 16:57
It has been lovely to hear from you all as you keep in touch during the night. So I guess it is time I told you a wee bit about me.
My name is Hayley and I’m from Edinburgh however I look like I live in Spain (I cant resist a bit too much of the old fake tan on the milk bottle legs).
I’m 30 years old and have no babies yet just hairy ones. I love animals and make-up but never mix the two together, that’s just wrong!
Anyone who knows me will tell you that I’m daft about animals and cosmetics. I’m going to end up one of these crazy old cat women with bright red lipstick on who lives with 1,000 cats and has no husband!
Just kidding, although I do love anything to do with animals. From horse riding to looking after people’s animals when they’re on holiday…and then stealing them when they get back!
Seriously though, if I had been smart enough to get more than a level three at standard grade maths, then my career of choice was to save the world and the animals that live on it. Sadly, I am as thick as mince when it comes to numbers. Words and music on the other hand I have much less trouble with (thankfully).
When I was 17, I worked as a receptionist but spent too much time laughing and joking around and talking on the phone to clients who just wanted to buy furniture.
The best bit of the day was putting my CDs in the hold music, calling myself and then putting myself on hold!
I would do this with all the staff as well to let them hear what music I’d brought in with me. It would be anything from Elton John to Skunk Anansie, Radio Head and the Bee Gee’s. I was clearly in the wrong job.
So, I decided to go to college to learn more about the radio industry. My teacher Jo was amazing and gave me sound advice as she packed me on my way to Scot FM for some work experience.
I worked with wee Fat Bob taking his calls and learning the ropes and eventually got a job as a travel girl in 2000.
In 2001, and by some fluke of nature, I ended up becoming the area manager for the media company Trafficlink who provided the majority of radio stations in Scotland, NI and Wales with information and reports.
I travelled the UK a bit and met some lovely people. It was through this job that Kingdom FM gave me a wee shot at a radio show back in 2002.
I was then offered a job from Real Radio and went on to work with Robyn Galloway on the Breakfast show covering for the lovely Cat while she was on holiday.
I also presented a Saturday show with two lovely guys called Kieron Elliot and Steve McKenna….I am still recovering from that one and have the scars and bruises to prove it. It was like working with two big brothers and they were great!
In 2009 I lost my job at Trafficlink due to redundancies and found myself at a major loose end. Kingdom FM came to the rescue as did the BBC however, things only picked up for me in early 2011.
Everybody says that everything happens for a reason and I was grateful for the time to think as I had some amazing opportunities in that time.
I ended up winning a competition to model for Michelle Mone and my wee photie was all over the UK.
It was scary being a wee chubber and having your pictures plastered all over the national press however, it gave me a lot of confidence and I’m very grateful for the opportunity.
A lot of people don’t know this about me but I also studied to be a neuro linguistic programming practitioner in that time too (which means I can read your mind like Derren Brown.... nah, it just means I pretend I do) and I’d love one day to work with people who have lost their self esteem and confidence and help rebuild it using NLP techniques.
It’s amazing how our wee brains work and I’m fascinated by it all. I’m still terrible at maths though so there would need to not be any number crunching involved!
After a good two years of trying to find a job and watching lots of daytime TV, the lovely Shereen Tulloch from The Nightshift who I’ve been friends with for a good few years told me that STV were looking for people.
I jumped at the chance and the rest as they say is history. I still love the odd wee radio gig here and there but The Nightshift is one of the best jobs in the world! We get to sit and watch TV with you whilst chatting about the day’s events.
I love chatting away with you all and love my new job at the nightshift as the people who get in contact with us during the night are lovely!
Speak to you some night soon!
Last updated: 27 May 2011, 17:57