Today’s Notable Young Professional is Rachel David, Host and Producer for “Your World This Week” on Rogers Channel 1. At just 23 years of age, Rachel has already established herself as a personality to pay attention to in the months and years to come. Find out how she makes it all work in today’s profile…
Elevator Pitch: Describe your job in a nutshell.
If you have a Rogers cable box, you’ll see me every time you turn your TV on, hosting the show “Your World This Week”. I’ll be talking about the latest and greatest from Rogers. From Television shows to On Demand movies to the newest gadgets available to you in Rogers stores.
Why did you start working at your company? What was the inspiration for this career route?
I started working at Rogers because it’s one of the biggest and baddest telecommunication companies in the country. I knew it was a place with longevity and great growth potential. The inspiration for my career choice stemmed from being a very curious child that would always ask people questions I already knew the answer to…My mom eventually got fed up and started asking me my questions back.
What is the best part of what you do on a day-to-day basis? The most challenging part?
The best part of what I do on a day to day basis is getting to see my colourful crew, but I like that my days are also never the same. Each day there’s a different interviewee, different script to write, and different locations to shoot at. The most challenging part of my job is finding the mental capacity to memorize paragraphs on the fly. On the flip side, my visual memory has gotten a lot better!
What is one sign that you’ve seen over the years to suggest that your work/life balance is off?
Oh that’s easy, I start forgetting things!
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I see myself working under the Rogers umbrella. The ideal situation would either be that I create a show under the Rogers Network or a new entertainment show gets made that I could be a part of.
What is one major challenge that you’ve had to overcome in your career? How did you overcome it?
Dealing with difficult people. In high school my mom made me a bracelet with a porcelain duck bead on it. It had gold water on its back and it had the word “water” engraved on the bottom. Wearing that over the years really helped me rise above a lot of situations and keep myself focused on the big picture.
What does success look like to you? Does Money = Happiness?
Well to be honest… I’d prefer to be rich and happy than poor and happy. However, I believe that it’s easier to get rich if you start from a place of being happy with what you’re doing and why you’re doing it.
What is the most memorable milestone in your career?
There have been a few milestones. Getting my first cheque for working in broadcasting (it was from CBC and my mom framed it). Meeting Danny Reiner and Vitina Blumenthal on the set of a Fefe Dobson music video shoot (little did I know that I would be spending the next 2 years of my life creating www.bestfan.com with them). And my most recent milestone would be getting my full time employee contract from Rogers.
Do you have any advice for other young professionals?
Do what you love and get as MUCH experience as you can. I volunteered for 5 years before I got paid. Even if you want to be a Director, Host, or Senior Producer one day try getting experience in every different department so you know a little bit of everything (it will only make you more valuable.) Over the past 8 years I was a wrangler, writer, p.a., associate producer, camera op, social media coordinator, and of course, a coveted coffee runner…and you better believe I made sure I was the best damn coffee runner they ever had!
Where is your favourite place to wine/ dine in your city and why?
One of my favourite places to kick back is at the Spoke Club. It’s a great open environment for like-minded people to chat and cultivate new relationships and everyone who works there is really lovely.
When you’re not working how do you love to spend your “Me” time?
Where is your favourite place to travel? Why?
Anywhere HOT!! I’m not a “lets go on a cruise to Alaska” kinda gal.
If you had to choose a theme song, what would it be?
Coolio’s “Gangster Paradise”….ya, maybe not… Destiny’s Child “Independent Women”.
If you weren’t doing what you’re doing, what would you be doing?
I would probably own a PR firm.
Do you support any charities? If so, which one(s) and why is that important to you?
I support the Juvenile Diabetes Association and this year I will be training to run 10K on Sunday May 11th 2014 to help raise the funds to send children with cancer to Camp Ooch. This is important for me because it helps me feel connected to those that I’ve lost.
What to you is notable?
To me notable people are the people who came from nothing who made the most out of the little opportunity that was given to them. The ones who were able to carve their own shining path in their relentlessly competitive field. Artists, Songwriters, Independent Record Labels, Clothing Brands, Bloggers, Internet start-ups, Producers, TV Personalities, Athletes, Entrepreneurs. The people that work hard shape this world today that people will look to for direction tomorrow.
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