Before I chose TV and Radio as my full time gig I was offered a full time job with the Canadian Coast Guard. Yup I was hired to be a part of the Search and Rescue team. It was a dream summer job for 4 months that could have turned into a full time gig (most of my buddies are working full time for the CG)!
Back in the day I had graduated from McMaster University from their Kinesiology program and was working part time at a radio station in Burlington. I did the traffic on the Knight and Silver show on Energy 108. I had applied to be in the Coast Guard and did all of the testing. For sure my Kin degree helped me out! Unfortunately, there were cut backs and where I was supposed to be stationed was no longer available. So I stayed in radio for the year until a position opened. They kept me on the list!
Almost, a year to the day I got a call to report to work for the Coast Guard. I had no idea what to do. I was for sure at a cross road. I was still doing traffic in the morning for the radio show and teaching First Aid and CPR on the weekends to make ends meet! If I took the Coast Guard job I would work 2 weeks on then 2 weeks off AND would not have to worry about extra gigs or work! You know which job my parents wanted me to take right! I had just bought my first rental income property. What to do? Take a secure job or stay in radio which is not secure at all! I decided to stay in radio and see where it was going to take me.
About 6 months later I was fired for the first time from radio! They say….whoever “they” are, that when you get fired you’ve made it in radio! Really? I had family and friends say to me I made the biggest mistake in my life! What did you do Taylor? You threw away a full time gig with the Coast Guard! A Government job! A pension! However, “they” again whoever “they” are, told me when one door closes another one opens. Well, it’s true! Less than 48 hours from getting fired from my radio gig I was re-hired by the same company! This time making a real pay cheque! I moved to London and helped launch Energy Radio. Do I regret not taking the Coast Guard gig. Maybe within that 48 hours when I first go fired it did cross my mind ( mostly because of other clouding my mind with “what if’s) and I had mortgage payments and bills to pay. No regrets though. I was happy though with the decision I made.
Now, I get to visit the teams I would have worked with and I appreciate everything they do for our Country. Whatever happens in life…it’s for a reason. Go with your gut. If you love what you do then things will work out. Never regret anything. Don’t take a job for money. You’ll never be happy! Money will come to you. Life is a journey enjoy the ride.
Oh and when you’re by any Coast Guard station tell them Taylor Kaye sent you. First they’ll say who? Then maybe a couple of them might remember me from the courses we took back in the day! They remember me as that crazy radio chick!
Ps. Special Thx to Eric and his crew on Georgian Bay. Momma may not be working for the Coast Guard but I can still pull a few strings to get the #specialkayes and friends to visit a search and rescue boat. It would have been one of the boats I would have been on!
What is your dream gig? Are you doing it? Make it Happen!