Monash Journalism graduate Kara Bertoncini has aspirations to become a TV music journalist or an entertainment reporter for a top ranking TV show or publication. Check out her profile here …
Name: Kara Bertoncini
Course: Bachelor of Arts
Year graduated: 2014
What was the best aspect of studying journalism at Monash? I loved the variety of subjects and how specialised they were. The fact I was able to pick a few per semester was also a way for me to decide which avenue of journalism I wanted to go down and really tailor my studies in that way.
Did you balance uni life with a job? I surely did! It’s the only way I can function really. People may think I’m crazy but I actually managed eight part time jobs at one time. I was also auditioning for shows still and I’d be in rehearsals for those gigs/shows. None of this impeded on my studies though, I’m just very good at time management. I also loved what I studied so it wasn’t a chore and I made it work. That’s just always how I’ve led my life. To this day I have two full time jobs and various other freelance work. I’m lucky my work is play and that I love it!
Why did you choose to study journalism at Monash? I actually returned from a two-year working contract in Singapore and decided to pick up my studies again. I got into Monash and had to pick one more field of study. I was already studying languages and linguistics so I wanted something to complement that. I saw journalism on the list, had never really thought about it, but now the rest is history. I couldn’t imagine not being a journalist.
What is your dream job? I want to be a TV music journalist or an entertainment reporter for a top ranking TV show or publication. I come from a performance background and I feel that is my edge; I can relate to artists from both sides of the spectrum.
Who has been your biggest career influence and why? Over the past four years I’ve built up a very strong network of contacts in the music and entertainment industry, who have since become some very dear friends of mine. But, I’d have to say there are two guys in particular who have seen what I do and want success for me, and that is what means the most. I’ve surrounded myself with like-minded people who share the same drive as me but to have a couple stand out from the crowd and lift me to new career heights, well that’s just allowed me seize new opportunities and to further grow as a TV journalist.
First job? IGA checkout chick!
Worst job? None, I’ve been lucky to enjoy all the jobs I’ve had right up to today. Cliché I know, but it’s the truth.
Where is your favourite place in the world and why? New York! It’s where my heart is. When I first visted there in 2014 it’s as if my body caught up to my heart and it was the best feeling in the world. I felt so at peace.
Where is your favourite place to eat at and why? I am such a foodie!! Don’t ask me to pick a favourite in this amazing city we live in. What I will say is that I love to brunch with my friends so I’m slowly getting through all of Melbourne’s top cafes!
What is the best piece of advice you have received? To always stay true to myself and don’t let anyone change me. Especially in the world of TV it’s easy to fall victim to trends and what it takes to be cool, but I’ve always done things to my own rhythm and I don’t plan on changing!
Tell us something about yourself that your uni colleagues wouldn’t know? I can deadlift 80kg for 2 reps and I can squat 60kg for 2 reps!!! Strong is the new skinny!
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