Five o'clock in the morning is a rather enjoyable part of the day, at least according to Nova 100 (Chrissie, Sam & Browny) Assistant Producer Jack Charles.
The Holmesglen graduate understands that when you love what you do, time and circumstance suddenly become irrelevant. "I function better earlier," Jack observes.
Together with fellow Holmesglen alumna Lauren Saylor, Jack has seen this commitment to his role rewarded with a nomination in this year's ACRA Awards. His selection, in the 'Best Newcomer Off-Air' category, is the result of working in a supportive work environment.
"I have such a great support team around me. We're all there to help each other to do our jobs the best we can. The communication between the producers and the talent is really good," Jack says.
As Assistant Producer, Jack's role is diverse. From preparing the studio and phones to printing off logs and information sheets, to re-watching episodes of The Bachelor to capture funny time code grabs, the graduate is able to draw upon the skills first learned in the classroom. "In those three hours, it's so busy but you're doing a variety of things."
With his dream to become an on-air presenter, Jack's goals were supported while at Holmesglen and have developed since joining Nova. Equally, it was a fellow Holmesglen graduate and now Nova 100 colleague that helped with Jack's career pursuit.
"If it weren't for Sarah Maree [Cameron], I probably wouldn't have a gig at Nova," he recalls.
Additionally, Jack cites work experience as crucial for any aspiring radio student to pursue while studying. "When I was at Holmesglen, I was so eager to do work experience," he says.
It was this passion for the role that is seeing Jack grow within Nova 100. His ACRAs nomination is fitting when factoring in the determination he showed upon joining the company.
"I started knocking on the assistant director's door asking if I could learn how to use the panel. I went in on the weekends and learned. Back then, the little radio nerd in me loved being in the studio. I was always sending demos to the assistant program director."
As for the most fulfilling part of his job, Jack is quite humble and philosophical, "The best part about the job is the people."