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Emily Mills
  • Name Emily Mills
  • Company Triple M
  • Position The Grill Team Producer (Sydney)
  • Interviewed by Social Diary on 12/5/2015
  • Q
    Describe your career path to date?
    A
    Following on from a very good year at TAFE and community radio, work experience at Triple J quickly followed. A friend of mine used to shag an announcer there and got me in, it's WHO you know! I floated around C91.3, ZZZ FM Lismore, Star FM Orange, WSFM, Mix 106.3 Canberra, then landed at 2DayFM in Sydney as the EP of Hot30/The Bump/Dan & Maz and now I'm at my spiritual home of Triple M.
  • Q
    What do you love about your job?
    A
    Working with boys. There are no grey areas, no gossip, no bitchiness. You know what's required, where you stand and where to get a beer.
  • Q
    And what's not so great?
    A
    Working with boys! I do miss a girly giggle every now and then. Plus, my fashion sense has gone out the window. Gussy, MG and Matty's bare feet and boardies aren't terribly inspiring.
  • Q
    Describe your typical day?
    A
    3:10am wake-up and coffee in hand by 3:50am. 4am start in the office and a bowl full of oats, I'm not a nice person on an empty stomach! The routine is always the same but the content is always different and that's what keeps it interesting. Listeners know me by first name and I like that they trust me.
  • Q
    What is the best experience you've had in your career?
    A
    Every day is a high-five moment. I get to laugh with a bunch of boys who feel like my older brothers. Hearing your own kick-arse ideas come to life on the air. Meeting celebs I've admired and they live up to all my expectations. Knowing my parents are proud of what I do.
  • Q
    What do great PR people do?
    A
    Know the name of the show they're pitching too and the people on it. They also listen to the show and tell you what they love about it (and sometimes what they don't like). They also respond to your emails/calls/texts and are just generally honest.
  • Q
    What do bad PRs do?
    A
    The complete opposite of the above! But, in all honesty, I've had more good experiences than bad. I have great relationships with Sydney publicists (bit awks if they don't feel the same!); just don't ask me for a cappuccino when you're in studio, Instant coffee is my specialty!
  • Q
    How do like to be contacted and when?
    A
    My phone is on 24/7, but the best time to get me is between 4am - 7pm. If I don't get back to you straight away, assume I'm napping.
  • Q
    How has social media altered your job since the days when you started out?
    A
    There are no secrets; nothing to hide behind. Feedback is instant and uncensored - which is a blessing and a curse. Note to all future guests, selfie sticks are not permitted at Triple M.
  • Q
    Do you enjoy attending industry events?
    A
    I'd love to, but events on a school night are usually a no-go. :(
  • Q
    Being the only female voice on the team, do you ever feel you need to speak louder to be heard?
    A
    Sometimes. I am pretty loud and in your face when I need to be, but you have to pick your battles. Do the boys need to know where you stand on certain issues? Do they need to be taught a lesson about chicks?! Do you believe in what you're saying and will it benefit the show? Like all relationships, do you cop the eye roll and shut your mouth OR don't give up without a fight?
  • Q
    If you weren't a Radio Producer, what would you be?
    A
    I'd go back to my hospitality roots, standing behind a bar, pulling beers and trying to figure out what I wanna be when I grow up. Be kind, tip your waitress!
  • Q
    Your Twitter:
    A
    @_i_am_em