Katie ‘Monty’ Dimond is one of the most down to earth and funny person you’ll meet. Monty is a TV & Radio presenter and shares with TBS her fabulous creation ‘Show + Tell’ online (which she created with two talented friends) and her advice on fostering great relationships within creative teams.
Tell us about Show + Tell. Who is involved and what is it all about?
Show + Tell is a lifestyle website centred around conversations with women. We chat about everything from families and relationships to pretty things for the home to what Jennifer Lawrence is up to. I like to think of the site as covering all the topics we would talk about with our close mates.
There are three of us behind Show + Tell. Myself, Brooke Campbell (who is an Executive Radio Producer) as well as Stacey Sullivan who is my best friend. The three of us have different skills and interests and when you combine them you pretty much get Show + Tell. We throw all our loves and what we want to talk about on our site.
You interview some pretty amazing women! Who have been some of your favorites and why?
I really can’t believe how many super rad women we have had the opportunity to interview ‘On The Couch’, from Sophie Monk, to Chrissie Swan and Fifi Box to Kate Holden who was a former heroin addict and sex worker. Many of the ladies we had not met before hand, but by the end of our chats we formed a really strong bond with them. When you sit and talk about your life with such honesty, walls come down and you have really deep and awesome conversation. I can’t pick a favourite, each woman has such a different life story, yet the interviews also show how connected we all are and how we feel the same things and have the same struggles no matter who you are. I love each of the interviews for different reasons.
What’s some of the themes on Show + Tell that get a great reaction?
The themes that do really well for us on Show + Tell are the ones that are really relatable. We have found when we talk about topics like miscarriage, struggles with body image, children and relationships our readers really connect. When someone is going through the same thing, they feel a connection and not so alone. Also everyone loves a bit of pop culture goss too, sometimes it’s nice to throw some light hearted bits and pieces in the mix too.
Is it hard to kick start a new website? Any advice for those wanting to follow in your footsteps?
The best and worst thing for us when we were starting up Show + Tell was how naive we all were. We had NO IDEA how much work and how consuming running a website would be. The internet does not sleep which means we do very little of that too. Because there is three of us running the site and some super ace interns we can spread the work load between us. We all have other jobs or children on top of Show + Tell so we have to make everything fit in. My advice would be to start it as a labour of love. There is of course money to be made if you are onto a good thing, but it takes a long time and it is not an easy way to make money either.
Also learn how to use WordPress, get really savvy with social media and pick people brains who have done something similar before.
You dabble in a bit of TV and Radio as well. What is your favourite medium and why?
My first love was radio. I fell wildly in love with it about 10 years ago when I started out working for the Black Thunders. I soon realised I wanted to be on air so persued that and had so much fun doing it. I have only done the odd bit of television but I really love it and am keen to do more. I love the freedom of running a website though. I sound like a fence sitter but I love them all and still feel challenged by them all which is the key I reckon.
You were on a breakfast and drive show during your NOVA years, any advice on how to create a great relationship with your co-hosts?
Working in small creative teams can be really tricky. Especially when you are doing a breakfast show because you feel like you are constantly jet lagged. I think the biggest mistake a lot of radio big wigs make is putting a team together that would never normally hang out. Radio is so much fun when you genuinely enjoy each others’ company; but it does become a slog if you cant stand the site of your co-host. I think that being really clear with communication is the key. Be open and honest but also see where the other person is coming from. Don’t take things to personally especially if someone else doesn’t like the idea you throw up, you can’t be too precious. Trying to have fun should be the aim and then the audience will too. Radio is a fun industry to work in but I think a lot of times people (in the industry) feel it is way more important than it actually is.
What did you do each day so you would bring your A game to each show? I am sure you had days when you couldn’t be bothered being cheerful and vibey, how did you overcome this?
No one feels a million bucks every day. Sometimes I would feel unwell or sad or flat; then to jump on air was sometimes tricky. Having reliable and supportive co-hosts makes a big difference to those days. Knowing someone has your back and can cover you if you need is a great feeling. I think with radio though, you get the opportunity to be honest and sometimes letting your audience know you are having a shitty day is something they connect with.
Check out this amazing interview from Show + Tell with Monty & the gorgeous Julia Morris