Deep breath… and welcome to ShellShocked Media.
Welcome everyone. I’m really proud to have launched ShellShocked Media. It’s taken longer than I thought and it’s been a shit load of work but finally… we’re LIVE!
I don’t know about you but I’m 42 years old and the older I get the harder it is to change. Change is hard and scary. But it’s also completely worth it.
I’ve been a journalist for over 20 years. I’ve always worked for someone else. Finally it felt like time to shed my skin and reinvent myself. Instead of talking about my dreams it was time to actually go out and live them.
I have always wanted to host my own TV show. I’ve had decades of close calls, filmed seven pilots that never went to air, and had plenty of guest appearances. It can be rough on your self-esteem waiting more than two decades for someone to “discover” you and give you a break.
I found I ricocheted from job to job hoping this would be the one that made me happy, that I’d finally find a boss I didn’t want to throttle. But my problem with authority didn’t pass.
I’ve spent most of my career working 80-hour weeks and being paid for 38. I was so stressed – I wasn’t sleeping. It was normal for me to only get four to five hours of shut eye a night. I was living to work not working to live. Something had to change but I was running so fast on the hamster wheel I didn’t know how to get off.
It took an intervention from my best friend and my husband to make me realise I had to make a change. And make it NOW.
My best friend Jeanine Bribosia (an inspiring business woman with a dynamic PR company thecrumedia.com.au check it out!) made me sit down for two hours and write what I wanted to do to be happier. At first it was hard, then the words just flowed. I wanted to work for myself. I was going to create my own break.
That night I slept for nine hours straight. It was like the universe was happy – I was finally back on track.
The next week I quit my job. My husband Darren was thrilled. He supported my dream and wanted to be part of it. So he quit his job too.
One way to ensure you won’t fail is to make sure you don’t have a back up plan.
We started ShellShocked Media. As you can see it’s a video production company. I am the presenter and producer and Darren is the cameraman, sound recordist and editor.
We’re a two-person team. I read a great inspirational quote on Instagram that goes like this: “A power couple means both individuals bring something to the table, they learn from each other, they support one another and build together.”
As the name suggests, ShellShocked Media will make videos for brands that are brave and willing to take a risk. We also do media training to help other people get their moment to shine in the media.
In 2016 we will launch The Shelly Show online. Regular video segments where I relish the opportunity to have uncomfortable conversations.
The videos will be on topics that make people squirm: I’ll interview women about how much they earn so we can stop being so scared about asking for a pay rise. I’ll discuss any awkward women’s health issues like low libido or chronic thrush. I’ll look at how we can learn from the way different cultures deal with death.
It’s my passion and I know deep in my soul it’s what I’m meant to be doing. I’ve previously been too scared to say it out loud.
I run a mentoring group for young female journalists and I’m always telling them to reach for their dream jobs and be bold. I’m finally listening to my own advice.
I’ve decided I’ll be the one who gives me the big break. I’m backing myself and giving it a go with every toe and finger crossed.
It may have taken 42 years but I’m going to “discover” myself.
Wish me luck.