Carrie Bickmore Thought She Was Getting A Pay Rise, Instead Her Show Was Axed
As the journalist approaches the 10th anniversary of 'The Project', Carrie Bickmore has taken a step back to reflect on the highs and lows of her lengthy career in the media industry.
Carrie Bickmore said she is lucky enough to have always known from a young age what she wanted to do for a career.
Carrie's dad was heavily involved in the early establishment of Austereo, and as a child, Carrie could often be found in radio stations with him -- often underneath his desk drawing or sitting with the announcers.
Speaking to fellow journalist Rachel Corbett on her podcast 'You've Gotta Start Somewhere', Carrie said she finished school and went straight to university to study journalism.
At 19-years-old after doing work experience at Perth's 92.9, Carrie was offered a full-time job as a news reader, before taking up a position at Melbourne's Nova, where she started on her 21st birthday.
Carrie began doing the drive news with Andy Ross and it wasn't long before the pair were given their own show titled 'The Andy and Carrie Drive Show'. Yet while Carrie said she would've happily stayed in radio, her career path took a turn she didn't expect.
"I absolutely loved it. But now that I look back, I realise I was completely unprepared for it and probably actually wasn't very good at it," Carrie said of her time doing the radio show.
We went number one weirdly and the next day we went in for a meeting with our boss and I arrogantly thought we were about to get a massive pay rise and the show was taken off us.
Carrie said she remembered being devastated by the news, particularly when the show had just hit the top of the highly competitive radio rankings.
"I thought the purpose was to go number one. But the purpose is to do a good show and I think Andy had all these rungs on the board, he was the experienced one," she said.
"I think even though we had great chemistry and some of the elements of what we did was really good, I was just so green and I just don't think I was up to the challenge and they could hear that obviously."
Carrie said "in the depths of her despair" she threatened to leave the industry for good, when her dad told her she was being dramatic and helped her to put things back into perspective.
"I remember my dad saying to me, 'It's the industry! This is going to happen multiple times in your career. Put your head down, go back in there, don't sulk, keeping working hard and you watch, things will swing around,'" Carrie said.
"So I did that and a few months later I got offered the job on 'Rove'. It's taken me probably until recently to turn around and say to Dad, 'You were right.' He was right."
Carrie began doing the news bulletin on 'Rove Live' before beginning her position on 'The Project', where she has been for the last 10 years. Reflecting on the bump in the road, Carrie said it offered her a lesson.
"It was a really good thing that happened because I wasn't ready and it meant I had to build up some other skills before I came back to the position to do something like that again," she said.
Carrie has since been awarded an Order of Australia for her service to media, as well as her dedication to raising awareness for brain cancer.
'The Project' host returned to the show last Monday after eight months of maternity leave with her third child, Adelaide, with the show set to celebrate their 10th anniversary this Friday.
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