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Fast five with Georgia Rajic

Fast Five is where we catch up with women and non-binary people in sports media and ask them about their work, their career highlights and their advice for emerging sports media content creators.

Georgia Rajic is a football and netball commentator. She always says that this is the best job in the world. You can catch her calling the A-League Women, Suncorp Super Netball and the Victorian Netball League.

Have you always wanted to work in sports media?

Yes and no. I always wanted to work in sport but I wasn’t always sure what I wanted to do or even what careers were available. The landscape has changed so dramatically since I finished high school in 2013. I’ve spent my entire life loving my two favourite sports—football and netball—such that I did a lot of my projects in primary school about Melbourne Victory and then joined my first netball committee at 16! I’ve spent so much of my life being told to stop yapping about sport and now the fact I get to do this as a job, it never stops blowing my mind.

Do you have a favourite moment from your career so far?

I have two. Going on Channel 7 for the World Cup highlights show with Mel McLaughlin and when I called my first Super Netball game for SEN in round 1. Getting to go on TV and discuss the Matildas with one of my long-time idols—someone who was involved in football in Australia when I had my first proper sport awakening as a kid—was  incredible. Also the Women’s World Cup in Australia was just the most magical time in my life. I miss it; bring it back every year. Then calling that first Melbourne Mavericks vs Melbourne Vixens game. It was 3 years to the week from when I called my first ever game of sport. I think I spent the whole week in the lead-up full of awe.

What is your dream sports media gig?

I guess being able to have this as my main job is the dream. I love my other job as well but sometimes I think I would appreciate a few more days off in the week. Undoubtedly it would be to call on Fox Netball as well. I’m calling for SEN this year which I am loving and adoring. Radio calling is completely different to a visual broadcast. So much advice I have received in the past couple of years has been “let the TV do the talking”. Radio is all about where the action is happening. You have to paint such a descriptive narrative. I think having to think about it in such a different way has improved my abilities tenfold. I’ve been calling the A-League Women for the past two seasons so I feel like I’ve already reached my dream there. I love calling domestic leagues, it means the world to be able to go to these games week in and out and then call them as well.

Who are some of your favourite sports media creators?

Crazy to think that most of my favourite sports media creators are people I’m lucky to call friends. I love Marnie Vinall, I am the biggest cheerleader of her and the amazing work she does. I am not going to say that Taryn Heddo and Pokuah Frimpong are the future of women’s football coverage in Australia because they’re already here and dominating. Taryn called a whole elimination final for the A-League including a penalty shootout by herself. Incredible. I also love Sarah Burt and Lavender Baj.

What advice would you give to any women or non-binary people interested in pursuing a career in sports media?

I have heaps.

First, People are so much nicer when you reach out and ask for advice than you’d ever expect. When I first started commentating the Victorian Netball League, I reached out to a lot of key commentators and the amount of time and advice (Zooms and detailed messages) they provided was incredible.

Second, the biggest advice I have is when the noise is loud around you, apply the correct weight to what feedback you receive. A lot of people will give you their opinions on your work, especially on social media. Not all feedback is equal. Nor is all of it valid. If you’re getting good feedback from the people that matter (e.g. your bosses, respected people in industry) then that is what’s going to be important, rather than what “first name bunch of numbers” says on Twitter. It’s important to grow and take on feedback and want to continuously improve, that’s what makes you get better. But focusing on negative comments from anonymous accounts instead of proper constructive feedback from those involved in your employment, that won’t make you a better commentator. It’s ridiculously hard to do but it’s important. I keep a log in my notes app with the constructive advice I’ve been given (both positive and things to work on) so I reflect and refresh on it before I go live.

Third, commentary like any skill is all “flying hours”. The more you do it, the more comfortable you feel, the better you get. You simply just need to take the most of any opportunity and keep running with it where you can.

Fourth, the best advice I was given for visual broadcast is you need to tell people when to look up from their phone. That’s in your tone, the wording you use, the excitement you display. In this modern era, most people aren’t just watching a game, they’re doing other things. You need to tell them when to pay attention. I was also told to think of commentary as gears/levels: one when things are puttering along, two when you are calling the standard actions, three when something interesting is happening and when things are picking up speed, four when a goal is scored (football) or a flying intercept (netball). Learn how you adjust for different actions, assign them in your brain before you call. Also I write down all my scripts before I go live. I have word docs full of terms and phrases. In my mind, it’s sometimes easier to prepare than to freestyle on the spot. Whatever works for you.

Follow Georgia on X, Instagram and TikTok or drop her a line on LinkedIn.

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