Remel London: TV and Radio Broadcaster
Remel London is a fresh, fast rising TV and radio presenter who, aged just 25, has already created a solid reputation for herself in the UK entertainment industry.
Known for her love of music, Remel’s vast portfolio includes local and national appearances – notably BBC Radio 1xtra and Capital FM – and a whole host of interviews with celebrities such as Jessie J, Labrinth, Emeli Sande and Tinchy Stryder. Keen to inspire other women, not only is Remel the official female voice over for Choice FM, but also she has acted as host for Nike Woman and Bel Eve. With ambitions set on becoming a leading broadcaster globally, Remel is opening doors not only for herself, but also for all young girls who want to follow in her footsteps. Read on to learn more about her experiences, advice and plans for the future. Remel, take it away!
My Little Black Book: Remel, you’re a radio/TV broadcaster and presenter, working on shows including BBC Radio1xtra, Capital Radio, BT London Live and the MOBO awards. It’s an impressive portfolio by any standards, and you’re only 25! Where did it all begin?
Remel London: It all started when I was about seven. I first found my love for performing by enrolling myself – yes, all by my little self! – into numerous dance, music, acting and performance workshops, programmes and projects. My mum was very understanding and allowed me to pursue all of the many ventures that I wanted to try. The Yellow Pages was my best friend and I would sit for hours looking for new places to learn and perform.
When I got a little older I realised that rather than acting or performing other people’s material, I loved presenting – more specifically, broadcasting. I completed a degree in Broadcast Journalism at the University of Leeds and since then have developed my own brand as a live events host, online and TV presenter and radio personality!
It’s been a great journey so far and every day I am blessed with new experiences.
MyLBB: What sort of skills have you developed working as a presenter? Do you think people are born with the ability to do your job, or can it be taught?
RL: Working as a presenter is often disregarded as something ‘anyone’ can do it. Even at University I found that my broadcast journalism course was always mocked as being the ‘easy’ course by the medical students or the engineering students, but honestly, being a broadcaster is a skill. We are content creators and the main craft is being able to put a story together in an exciting and new way each time. Without tooting my own horn, I couldn’t do this job day in day out without having a bubbly personality and a love for meeting and talking to new exciting people. But I have to credit my degree for teaching me how to research, produce, direct and develop projects and ideas into fun interviews and shows. A lot of people think we are just handed notes and talk to the camera or interviewee, but you have to know your craft to perfect it, something I work on daily.
MyLBB: Media is a tough business, particularly broadcasting, where women remain in the minority. How did you find the confidence to go for it, and what is it that makes you stand out from other presenters?
RL: It’s very tough, but I must admit that as soon as I left university I had a lot of drive and was very excited about entering the scene. I was willing to learn and take every opportunity I could.
This attitude really helped build my confidence and people saw that. I found the inevitable knock backs frustrating, but having a great team behind me, plus mentors, advisors and the support from fans and fellow creatives, does give me the motivation to keep going.
And I think my drive, passion and excitement for the music and entertainment scene is what makes me stand out. When I get on the stage or the screen, people just know I love it – and it shows!
MyLBB: You have interviewed a whole host of stars. Who would you say was your favourite?
RL: This is always a tough question (in fact, Remel changed her mind several times trying to answer!). I think it has got to be Wretch 32. He has such a warm and welcoming personality. I’ve interviewed him three or four times now and he is always engaged and ready for my questions or activities. If you haven’t seen my interview and badminton duel with him, check it out. I fell to the ground in the most disgusting way, it was hilariously embarrassing and he was such a gent. He stopped the game and scooped me up off of the floor. That was definitely one of my favourite interviews.
MyLBB: A personal inspiration of ours is Oprah Winfrey because of how hard she works and how much she gives. Who would you say is your inspiration and why?
RL: Oprah is a huge inspiration to me too. Her story and determination to make it as an anchor woman and talk show host is so inspiring, plus her entrepreneurialism is phenomenal. She is such a role model not only for us young presenters but also to all young women.
I also have to thank the women who have believed in me and given me opportunities to work with and learn from them, such as Jennifer Ogole at BANG Radio, Rachael Bee at I LUV LIVE and Angie Lemar.
MyLBB: The broadcasting business is hectic (not to mention star studded). How do you manage to keep yourself grounded?
RL: The competition keeps me grounded! When you realise that there is no such thing as an original idea anymore, it keeps you on your toes. But by the same token you have to take your time and work to the best of your ability to ensure the highest quality always. You should be able to take pride in what you do and what you have achieved!
MyLBB: So many artists nowadays are trying to be individual and are struggling. What sort of artist is the music world currently looking for? Is there anyone you love who we should be keeping an eye on?
RL: This is a tough one as I’m exposed to so many different genres of music each and every day. I honestly love house music, but I also love championing UK home grown talent. The trends are always changing so it’s hard to pin point the right direction that music artists should take but my advice is always keep it fresh and try something different. Rudimental, for example, took the festival line ups and genre mixing by storm! By mixing funk, soul, jazz, hip hop, R&B and more they have made timeless music, and are still selling out tours about two years on.
Other than Rudimental, I really like All About She. They have such a unique way of mixing and transforming old school garage, soul and house and making it sound current and fun!
MyLBB: As a keen athlete, you were the natural choice Nike Woman’s presenter for the Nike Training Club project during the summer of 2009. Why do you think it’s important for big brands like Nike to support women’s empowerment?
RL: I do think that women have a lot of pressure to look or act a certain way, especially in certain industries. In the sporting world, women – no matter how talented they are – can often be left in the shadows of male athletes, so showing support for women and creating opportunities to empower them will help sustain positive role models and continue to develop every woman’s self esteem and confidence.
MyLBB: Hear hear! You hosted Bel Eve’s inspirational women panel in 2013, and are doing so again this year. Tell us a bit more about Bel Eve and how you got involved?
RL: Bel Eve is a programme designed to empower young women from all walks of life and all ages. Each year they hold an annual event which I host and chair. It is great to be a part of such a unique platform.
MyLBB: Do you ever get nervous when presenting a live show? Do you have any tips you can share with us to help build confidence in public speaking situations (e.g. presenting to colleagues, pitching for new business)?
RL: No way, I love performing! On stage is where I am most comfortable, I can’t wait to get on most of the time.
My advice is to be ready for anything. If you are presenting a pitch or project and using visual or audio material, always have a plan B and back up content to stall or fill in the gaps. Show a passion for what you are presenting as this will allow others to enjoy it also and find that same passion and interest. You are representing a brand so always act professionally and remember that your job is to bring dreams, ideas and projects to life.
MyLBB: You’ve achieved so much already, but what’s next? Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?
RL: I don’t believe in the five years plan. I work for the here and now and take on every opportunity that I can to continue to develop and further my career. As a freelance presenter and host, I will be working with numerous organisations in the entertainment world and also educational programs which is really exciting as I love working with the community.
I’ll be working with SKY 1 on another series of What’s Up as one of the main presenters, as well as working on more of my own productions, which is really exciting – keep your eyes peeled!
We certainly will, Remel! Given your previous experience and overwhelming enthusiam and ambition, we are certain you will rise to the top. The next Oprah, anyone?