Last week was without a doubt the busiest of 2fm DJ Ciara King’s entire life. She launched her first book, the brilliant “Ciara’s Diary”, and still managed to chat to us. What a complete ledge.
Describe your teenage experience in 3 words.
Laughing, Shifting, studying!
As a kid, what were your dreams? How have they worked out for you?
I always knew that I wanted to work with words in some form. I knew I wanted to study English in college and I think somewhere in the back of my mind I wanted to be a writer or actor or something creative. I’ve ended up on radio and TV which can seem like a performance at times and I’ve just written a book! So I guess it has worked out in a lot of ways!
Who were the greatest influences on you as a teenager?
It was friends, my class mates and some really great teachers who set me on the path that lead to be where I am today. My parents to a certain level. I never really was that rebellious teenager as I was too afraid of letting them down or them getting cross with me and getting the dreaded “Silent Treatment”.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever overcome?
I’m going to say heartbreak! You think when you are a teenager that you’ll never have a love like your first love, but as you get older and you end up in deeper and more meaningful relationships, the pain of having to deal with a relationship breakup at a later stage in life can literally stop you in your tracks and things feel like they will never be the same again, and they won’t, and it will be for the better. It is one of those life lessons when losing someone in your life that really does hurt the most and is probably one of the biggest challenges that I have had to overcome so far.
What’s the greatest lesson you’ve ever learned?
A massive lesson in self awareness. Finally really understanding yourself as a human being and understanding why you do the things that you do. It’s one of those things that once you see it, you can’t unsee it, but I think everyone should go and get a degree in self awareness! It makes you more empathetic as a person and also makes you go easier on yourself and others too.
What do you like most about yourself?
I’m kind, and I don’t judge people. I like to see the good in people and help people where I can.
If you could invite 5 women alive or dead to dinner, who would it be?
Serena Williams, Rihanna, Florence and the Machine, Miriam Margolyes, and Anne Frank.
Who is your go to female shoulder to cry on?
I am so lucky in that at this stage of my life, I have somehow managed to accumulate the most fantastic bunch of smart, kind female friend’s. These girls stem from my childhood, my college years, my time in iRadio and flatmates past and present. My childhood friends are my go-to girls though. They know everything about me; they know where I have come from and how far I have gone! They are the ones that I know would drop everything and be there for me in a heartbeat.
What do you love most about being a girl?
I like that I have that magical thing that people call “Women’s intuition”, it’s very real and has guided me with certain decisions in my life. I think as a girl you have natural compassion and a nurturing side and a strength within you that’s undeniable. I like my boobs too!
If you could say anything to your 15 year old self, what would it be?
Firstly I would grab 15 year old me and give myself a massive hug. Next I would say to stop worrying, it does not get you anywhere and things eventually work out in the end. I would say never to base your self worth on what other people think of you, you need to like yourself, thats the most important thing. And finally, I would say be kind as often and to as many people as you can in your life.
You can pick up Ciara’s Diary here, and sure why wouldn’t ya.