Name: Alyson Hau; Age: 23; Occupation: Disc jockey Young Post: How did you become a DJ? Hau: When I was a student, I always rushed home to listen to the radio after school. I used to record my favourite programmes on tape. After I graduated from Form Five, I joined a Commercial Radio DJ competition and won. The station signed me on as a DJ. YP: What does your job entail? H: I work on Radio 3 at Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK). I host a daily programme, Teen Time, and a weekly music programme, Alyson Hau, on Saturday. I have to research, produce and present my programmes. Before I go on air, I look up the hottest entertainment and music news and arrange interviews with music celebrities. I also work as an emcee for RTHK's outdoor shows. YP: Is your job fun? H: Absolutely! I get to meet people from all walks of life. I also get the chance to go behind the scenes and chat with celebrities. Sting came to Hong Kong to give a concert in 2003. I attended the press conference where he staged a live acoustic performance. I was thrilled! In 2004, I had a chat with Alicia Keys backstage after her concert. Although she was tired, she answered all my questions. I was impressed by her passion for music. YP: When you host a programme on your own, you have to keep talking. How do you manage that? H: Although I can't see my audience, I try to imagine them in order to connect with them. People may think DJs, cooped up in a small cubicle, just sit and speak into the microphone. If they saw us while we're on air, they would be surprised. I use all kinds of movements to get myself in the mood. YP: Does your mind ever go blank and you have nothing to say? H: There are no quiet moments in my shows. There are many interesting things happening around me and I always have something to say. I also include songs, pre-recorded interviews and sound bites in my shows so I don't need to talk non-stop. YP: What was your most embarrassing experience as a DJ? H: It was my first interview with a star. In 2000, Christina Milian visited Hong Kong on a promotional tour. I got an interview with her. We talked for about 15 minutes and she sang a chorus [of one of her songs] on the spot. After I finished the interview, I found out that I had pressed the wrong button and not a word of our conversation had been recorded. I was really embarrassed. To my relief, Milian was very nice and agreed to do the interview again. YP: Do you get any opportunities to interact with the audience? H: Sometimes, we have phone-in sessions with listeners. They can also send SMS and tell us which songs they want to listen to. Last month, I asked callers to tell me their New Year's resolutions. One woman told me she wanted to make more quilts this year and she would make one for me. I thought she was joking. After a few weeks, she really made me a quilt. I was very happy. RESUME 2000: Completed Form Five studies 2000: Joined a DJ competition organised by a local radio station 2000: Joined Commercial Radio Hong Kong and hosted English teen and music programmes 2004: Enrolled in a drama course at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts 2006: Joined RTHK How to get there Course: Professional DJ Training Course School: Hong Kong DJ Training Centre Duration: 30 hours Cost: HK$3,000 Characteristics: Students learn to use sound-mixing equipment, voice synthesisers and all kinds of disc players. They also learn radio hosting skills, such as how to engage the audience and create special sound effects during live shows. Audio training and song writing are also covered. The course includes 10 hours of theoretical training and 20 hours of practice. Enquiries: www.hkdjs.com Course: Mixing Course School: Colour Production Duration: 10 lessons Characteristics: The course covers basic sound principles, ear training, beat matching, music mixing skills and sound effects production. The use of various sound equipment is included. Enquiries: www.colorproduction.com.hk The path Graduates can find work in radio or television broadcasting. They can work as sound technicians, sound effects producers, radio operators and disc jockeys. With knowledge of sound-mixing technology, they can also find work in the film industry as musical producers. They can also set up their own studios and produce advertisement jingles and write songs for music companies.