If the name Bethany Watson doesn't ring a bell, her voice might. She's one of the hosts of the Elvis Duran and the Morning Show, which has millions of daily listeners across the United States. Her life -- living in New York City, meeting celebrities, attending parties -- may seem glamourous but waking up at three am every day and working into the night for events and appearances is a grind like no other. And though, the hours are crazy and the mental demand is stressful, her motivation (aside from copious amounts of coffee) is her connection to the listeners.
On her typical day:
"So typically, I wake up at 3:15 in the morning and I'm into the studio about an hour before the show starts. So I do full hair and makeup every day and then I will write my news from about 5:30 until the show starts at six, and once the show is done, it's different every single day."
On why she loves her job:
"Radio is so special because you are forming a relationship with people. With radio, it's live. It's in the moment and we're a part of your morning every single morning and so it's a fluid, living relationship that you don't get with morning news on TV. You don't get it with podcasts. You don't get it with listening to your playlist. It's its own animal in that way and it's amazing."
On getting motivated:
"This is gonna seem super pandering, but I swear to God it's not. On the days that I just don't want to get out of bed, it honestly is the coffee. It's the knowledge that I have a hub of coffee with way too much cream in it. It's going to make me happy. That's what honestly gets me out of bed."
On hard work:
"I want to write, I want to act, I want to do radio. I want to do everything. You don't have to completely drain yourself and that's a lesson I'm really learning. And whether it's on the radio or writing. If you're depleted, you have no creativity. You've got nothing to give. But hard work is just pushing that little bit more, because, over time, that will add up. The extra mile is never crowded. That's what hard work means to me."