A Work Week With Simone Heng, Class 95FM Presenter

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Simone Heng

Simone Heng, presenter at Class 95FM.

Simone Heng is a broadcasting, voiceover and emcee talent. High-energy and enthusiastic, she currently hosts the afternoon show on Singapore’s leading English-language radio station Class 95FM.

Find out more as she shares, in her own words, what a typical work week of a radio presenter entails.

MONDAY
Today, I am focused on… prepping for the week ahead.

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I love that my job is really varied and each day, and week, is never the same. I am not built for a 9 to 5 routine. I usually use Mondays to confirm any appointments I may have in the week.

The first thing I do in the morning is go for a run. I love nothing more than starting a Monday after a full eight hours of sleep with a good 5km to 7km run near my home. I then start the work day by checking my emails. I go on air at 2pm. If there are any urgent trailers to be made, I would book the production studio and go to work early to produce, write and edit trailers.

My lunch time is usually spent prepping for my radio show. I will map out each break and know what to say at all times. I usually sit somewhere quiet around the office to do this. I research on a lot of entertainment news.

After work, I would meet my intern and the PR team of a restaurant or bar in the city to shoot still images for my Instagram account. I wrap up the day with a Skype call to one of my friends. I’ve lived in Switzerland, Dubai and Australia and I always schedule these catchup sessions so that I maintain my friendships. They are super important to me.

TUESDAY
Today, I am focused on… a photoshoot for the press.

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The first thing I do in the morning is get my hair and makeup done at around 7am or 8am. My photoshoots for the press usually last for 2 hours, followed by an interview for about an hour. I would then go to a fitting for a ball gown for an event that I’d be hosting later in the week. Then, I’d rush back to the radio station by 1pm.

I go on air from 2pm to 5pm. I host the most listened-to English afternoon show in Singapore and love that the show plays plenty of hit songs. I cannot believe half the time I get paid to do what I do.

After work, I would go for a run or train with my personal trainer. I enjoy dinner at home and often post a blog entry on my website: www.simoneheng.com.

I schedule in a run on Wednesday mornings before breakfast. This could be followed by a shoot by our social media team for Class 95FM’s digital channels.

WEDNESDAY
Today, I am focused on… personal maintenance.

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Being well-groomed is a big part of a media personality’s responsibility in the Singapore market.

I try to schedule a session with my body specialists at Ardmore Aesthetics or get a trim or hair treatment at Cinq in Scotts Square. I bring a book along to read. I want to polish up on my skills, thus am reading Ted Talks to learn more about writing my own speeches. I then go on air for four hours to do my show.

After work, I head straight to Pink Parlour in Capitol Pizza to get my nails done. My facialist at Simply Aesthetics is right next door so I pop by thereafter. I wrap up the day with more reading.

THURSDAY
Today, I am focused on… attending an event.

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Events are common and good for networking. It usually happens in the evening though so in the morning, I usually arrange for a voiceover job at one of the production houses in Chinatown.

Once I wrap up with work, I head to the event or launch party to mingle. After that, I head home to prepare for an Emcee role I might have agreed upon for Friday night. I transfer my script onto palm cards for easy reference. I then proceed to iron my ball gown for tomorrow’s event.

FRIDAY
Today, I am focused on… hosting an event.

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Before I head out, I pack healthy snacks into a large bag. I also pack my high heels. I proceed to do my own makeup at 9am and then visit my hairdresser at Cinq for an 11am hairstyling appointment.

From 2pm to 5pm, I am on the air again and once the work is done, I scurry to the event space to freshen up before going on stage to host the gala show until 10pm.

I wrap up the day with a glass of wine to celebrate the end of the work week, and sleep.

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Simone Heng’s afternoon show on Class 95FM runs on weekdays, 2pm to 5pm. Follow her on Instagram for live updates.

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