DJ Terence Khan talks about career challenges, valuable learnings, and more

“Be confident, always put your feet on the ground, and practice, practice, practice!”

Terence Khan, or “DJ Sting” to his fans, was only 12 years old when he started having an interest in doing voice acting. He got it while watching plugs and commercials on television, specifically on channel 9.

“There was a voice-over at that time that had a really good deep-sounding voice and I got thrilled to mimic him whenever possible. Also, both of my parents were working in the media industry at that time,” Terence tells.

DJ Sting (second to left) with 89 DMZ-FM disc jocks

In December 1994, Terence got hired as a production assistant in an FM station called 89.1 DMZ (Danze music Zone). Then in July 1999, he became a radio disc jockey in the same station until it was privatized in March 2002. That was when he was offered a lateral transfer to IBC TV 13 as a cameraman. 

“It never became my passion due to the pains of carrying a heavy camera on my shoulders,” Terence says. Luckily, the job of voice-over announcer became available on IBC TV 13 after three months! 

DJ Sting inside the 89.1 DMZ DJ’s booth in December 1999

“I applied for the position and got hired as the station’s continuity voice-over announcer in June 2002 up until now,” he says.

Overcoming difficulties

When he was just starting as a continuity announcer in IBC 13, Terence had difficulty speaking fluent Filipino.

“When I was on an FM radio, we only did straight English including reading the news on-air. Eventually, I was able to get the hang of it by reading Tagalog newspapers and scripts, and through the support of my colleagues,” says Terence.

He also revealed that he had no basic voice training. But with experience and constant practice, he learned how to improve his craft.  Whenever he has gigs, he would arrive two hours early to get to know everyone on the team and review his scripts.

Live band concert at Caloocan Sports Complex

“I proofread the scripts that I am about to use for the event or project. I also do vocal and mouth exercises for a minute before I go live or record,” he says.

Lessons and advice

Having been in the broadcasting industry for 27 years and as a continuity announcer for 19 years, Terence values the importance of relationships and humility.

“Be friendly and always be courteous to everyone you meet. Always be proud of your accomplishments and always put your feet on the ground,” he says.

DJ Sting at PrimeTech’s thanksgiving event at Novotel Manila live voice-over

For those people who want to pursue a career like his, Terence’s advice is to have good oral communication skills (both English and Filipino), be updated with the news and current events, and attend seminars or training on voice acting or announcing.

“Be confident. Identify your voice quality, and practice, practice, practice!” he concludes.

This article was first published at My Pope Philippines. Credits to Katsu Modomo for the featured image.

Published by Mylene Orillo

Mylene Orillo is a contributing writer at My Pope Philippines. Prior to that, she contributed to the Health & Lifestyle magazine.  She's a former correspondent at The Manila Times; former editor-in-chief of TravelPlus magazine; and former assistant editor of Health & Lifestyle, Zen Health, and DiabetEASE magazines by FAME Publishing, Inc., a company owned by cardiologist Dr. Rafael Castillo who has given her the much-needed break and opportunity in the health industry and medical field.  Her previous job as a Media Consultant at the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office and Writer-Researcher at the Headquarters Philippine Army ignited her passions for charity, volunteering, selfless service, and love of country. As a young girl, she loved reading her mom's collection of Mills & Boons pocketbooks, which started her passion to write romance stories.  She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Sto. Tomas in España, Manila. She is now working towards earning her master's degree hopefully this year. She loves traveling, long-distance running, reading romance and non-fiction books, watching Korean Drama series, feel-good rom coms, military movies, and documentaries during her spare time. Someday, she wants to meet Prince William and Pope Francis, settle down with the love of her life and have a family and kids of her own; and become a bestselling romance author.

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