How to Become a Radio Disc Jockey

1.Take speech, drama and English courses in high school and college. Make tapes of your speaking voice and ask your speech and drama teachers for their opinion of your vocal projection.
2.Consider working part-time while you are in high school as a mobile disc jockey at parties. Observe experienced mobile DJs and you’ll learn what’s good vs. what’s unprofessional. Find out from them what equipment you need. If you’re really good, you can eventually advance to more formal affairs, such as weddings. The experience will be priceless.
3.Ask your guidance counselor for a list of colleges and universities that specialize in broadcasting.
4.Apply to several schools that offer a broadcasting degree with a radio emphasis. Although it’s not always necessary for a DJ to have a degree, it will give you a major advantage within the broadcasting industry.
5.Gain experience at your college radio station by doing any work that will teach you about radio broadcasting, a station’s equipment and the problems associated with airtime. Offer to be the DJ or radio announcer at the station during unusual hours. Then make a tape of the show and include the experience on your résumé.
6.Get an internship of any kind at a local radio station while you’re in college. It can sometimes lead to a permanent position. Realize that you will most likely be doing office work initially, not talking into a microphone or running the board. But you need this experience.
7.Consult your broadcasting adviser about the availability of entry-level radio jobs through the college.
8.Consider a radio job at a small community station after graduation if the opportunity presents itself. You’ll probably begin with an entry-level position to learn the ropes, but your chances of speaking on the air in the near future will be far greater than in a larger market. The large markets want you to have had several years of on-air experience. 
Become an expert on a variety of interesting topics. Prepare demo tapes that demonstrate your knowledge and your excellent speaking voice.
Time management during a show and the ability to connect with your audience are key skills to have in this field. 
Warnings: Be prepared for the possibility of unusual working hours if you become a DJ.   Steps:
1.Consider applying to film school for both the experience and the contacts. (See "How to Apply to Film School" under Related Hows).
2.Seek an apprenticeship under an experienced and successful screenwriter, if possible. Do this through networking and letter writing.
3.Go to a film or theater bookstore and buy a book on screenwriting, such as "Screenplay" by Syd Field.
4.Complete one to three scripts and submit them to agents as "specs" (see glossary). Literary agents are listed in directories in New York City and Los Angeles.
5.Make the screenplays fit different genres - comedy, action, drama or romantic comedy - depending on your strengths.
6.Apply for a job working as a coveragist or story editor at a film studio. You'll read scripts that are sent to the studio, report on the plot and tone, and help determine if they're worth producing.
7.Send any industry contact (producer, actor, cameraperson, etc.) a copy of your latest screenplay. You never know who knows who in the film industry, and to improve your chances of getting your script produced, you want to expose your work to as many people as possible. 
Register your screenplays with the Library of Congress and the Writers Guild of America to protect your ideas as your own property.
Network! Meet as many people in the film industry as possible.
A position as a coveragist gives you the opportunity to read lots of different scripts; it's an excellent way to research your craft.   

How to Make Pancake and Waffle Syrup

1.Combine white and brown sugar in a saucepan. Add salt and water.
2.Bring mixture to a boil. Remove from heat.
3.Add maple flavoring or extract.
4.Cool and serve. 
Tips: Use any combination of white and/or brown sugar as long as it is two parts sugar to one part water. My dad used to make it with 2 sugar, 1 honey and 1 water.  
Warnings: Be extremely careful when boiling sugar; it can cause severe burns if spilled on skin.   

How to Change the Default Printer on a Mac

1.Click on the Apple menu and select Chooser.
2.If the printer driver is installed, you should see an icon for your printer model on the left of the chooser. Click on the icon.
3.If you want to use a printer directly connected to your computer, choose the port (printer port or modem port) that the printer is connected to.
4.If you're on a network, make sure that AppleTalk is active. Find the printer you want on the network and click on it.
5.Click to turn background printing on or off.
6.If you don't see your printer's icon, either the driver (the instruction file your Mac uses to recognize and operate your printer) is not installed, or it is installed in the wrong place.
7.Search your hard disk (see "How to Find a File on a Mac") for the word "driver" or for your printer model name to see if the driver for your printer is there.
8.If your driver is not on your hard disk, find the disk that came with your printer and install your printer driver.
9.If your driver is on your hard disk but in the wrong place, drag the driver icon into your System Folder.
1..Click on the close box for the Chooser. 
If you select the modem port for your printer, you cannot use your modem at the same time.
If you turn on background printing, you can print while doing other tasks and working on other files, but the printing will either slow down your work or be slower itself.
If you want to get around changing the Chooser each time you change printers, see "How to Use Macintosh Desktop Printers."   

How to Get Life Insurance if You Have Medical Problems

Getting Ready to Apply
1.Write down the names, addresses, and phone numbers of all the medical professionals, agencies, clinics, and hospitals you have used in the last 10 years.
2.Make a list of the medications you currently take. Be specific about the exact amount and frequency of dosage (for example: Donalax, 30mg, three times daily).
3.Recall the approximate dates of any major adult life events affecting your health and write them down, earliest first.
4.Disregard accidents from which you fully recovered; they are not considered in underwriting.
5.Summarize all positive aspects about your health condition, such as "never smoked," "quit smoking in 1974," "take walks three times a week," etc.
6.Organize all this information in a folder and make at least one photocopy. 
Being prepared with accurate, written medical information and history will speed up the process of getting quotes from insurance companies.
The names of the prescription drugs you take are important.
Articulating the positive aspects of your current health condition, no matter how minor they may seem to you, can only help your chances of getting coverage. 
Warnings: Don't be discouraged if you have been declined or rated for coverage in the past. If you feel your health has gotten no worse, or improved, there's hope. 
Applying for Coverage

7.Use your own insurance agent, or seek an insurance professional with experience in placing "impaired-risk" cases.
8.Make at least two formal applications for insurance to companies that are known to be aggressive underwriters.
9.Apply for the amount of death benefit that your beneficiary(ies) actually need, according to your calculations and the advice you have gotten from trusted financial professionals.
1..Agree to take whatever medical tests and exams are required (they will be paid for by the insurance company) as soon as possible after you finish filling out the application forms. 
Smaller, lower-rated insurance companies may be your best bet to get coverage.
Get the best results possible on your medical exam by avoiding strenuous exercise, caffeine, heavy meals, and alcohol at least 8 hours before your exam.
Schedule your exam early in the day.
The results of one medical exam can be shared by several companies.
A permanent type of policy rather than term may be easier to get.
A telephone interview from an insurance company during underwriting is routine and doesn't mean there is anything wrong with your application. 
False or misleading information on an application could void any policy you are issued, or it could reduce or nullify the benefits paid to your beneficiary.
If you apply for widely differing policy types and amounts from different companies, you won't be able to make valid comparisons of offers.
Don't be pressured into including a check with your applications - you don't have to in order to get offers.
Avoid "informal" applications; they are often not taken seriously by underwriters.
Don't expect to be examined by your personal doctor. Insurance companies have their own, approved network of examiners. 
Considering the Offers

1..Direct your agent to provide written documentation of any and all coverage offers that result from your applications.
1..Request a letter of explanation from any company that rates or declines you.
1..Choose the offer that gives you the most insurance coverage and policy guarantees for the least cost.
1..Regardless of the offers, have the insurance company send the results of all exams, tests, and lab work to your doctor for your files. 
All offers, even declines, may be negotiable, especially if large sums of money are involved.
If appropriate to your situation, two people can be insured under the same policy if one of those persons is uninsurable.
Single-premium life policies require less demanding medical qualification.
Although its insurance features are very limited, an annuity might provide some protection of assets if you can't medically qualify for a life policy. 
Avoid offers from very poorly rated insurance companies unless you are desperate for the coverage and they are the only ones that will issue a policy.
Underwriting impaired-risk cases takes longer than other types of applications.
You may be asked to take additional medical tests or have more lab work done before a company will make an offer.
You have the right to full disclosure from the insurance company for the reasons they rated or declined your application for insurance.
You also have the right to receive the results of any and all medical exams performed during the course of underwriting.   

How to Optimize Performance for Disk Drives

1.Right-click My Computer.
2.Click Properties.
3.Click the Performance tab.
4.Click File System.
5.Click the Hard Disk tab.
6.Drag the "Read-ahead optimization" slider all the way to the right.
7.Click the CD-ROM tab.
8.Drag the "Supplemental cache size" slider all the way to the right.
9.Click the down arrow to the right of "Optimize access pattern," and select "Quad-speed or higher."
1..Click the Removable Disk tab.
1..Click to check the box to the left of "Enable write-behind caching on all removable disk drives" if it isn't already checked.
1..Click OK.
1..Click Close. 
You will need to restart your computer before changes take effect.
Settings have different terminology in Windows 95. Check Related Sites for instructions for optimizing disk drives in Windows 95.   

How to Pack for a Trip to South Africa

1.Check the calendar. South African summers begin in November, with the peak months in December and January. Winter starts in May.
2.Pack lightweight summer clothes when visiting during the hotter months. Take an assortment of shorts, T-shirts, skirts and sundresses. It's wise to have a sweater or long-sleeved button-down shirt for layering, should the evenings get cool, and to keep your skin protected from insect bites.
3.Stash a swimsuit, sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat if you plan to hit any of South Africa's renowned beaches. Sunblock and a wider-brimmed hat are advised when spending time on the plains.
4.Bring long-sleeved shirts, long pants and a heavy windbreaker if you plan to visit any wild game reserves. Leave the bright colors at home; neutral tones make you less conspicuous to those you'll be observing.
5.Pack a coat, sweaters and heavier socks when spending time inland during winter.
6.Take sandals if you plan to visit the bigger cities or the beach towns. Comfortable walking shoes or athletic shoes will keep your feet happy while visiting the reserves or doing a light hike in the mountainous areas.
7.Take an umbrella for protection from the afternoon summer showers.
8.Check with your doctor about anti-malarial pills if you'll be in the northern inland areas.
9.Bring an electrical converter and adapter. 
Bring a carry-on bag that includes everything you might need in case your luggage goes astray: passport, change of clothes, all medications, spare contact lenses or glasses, and all forms of money.
Pack to accommodate your needs. Leave superfluous items at home.   

How to Buy Buzz Lightyear Action Figures and Gear

1.Expect to pay about $35 for Mattel's Flight Control Buzz Lightyear 12-inch action figure. The Zipline Rescue Buzz action figure costs around $8. Both are for ages 4 to 7.
2.Let your 3- to 7-year-old tune up and repair Mattel's Power Boost Buzz Lightyear ($20).
3.Check for other available action figures this season: Boxer Buzz Lightyear 5-inch figure with push-button punching action; Buzz Lightyear With Flying Rocket action figure; Karate Buzz Lightyear action figure with chopping arm action; Super Sonic Buzz Lightyear with detachable rocket boosters. Each of these runs about $5.
4.Look for two light and sound action figures: Buzz Lightyear Battle Damage and Ultra Buzz Lightyear ($8 each).
5.Expect to pay $7 for a Buzz Lightyear Disk Shooter and $20 for a 13-inch plush Buzz, both by Applause and made for ages 3 to 7.
6.Try Mattel's Big Stunt Buzz Game ($20) for kids age 5 to 9.
7.Make mealtime even more fun for 3- to 7-year-olds with an 8-inch-tall Buzz Lightyear Full Body Character Cup ($6). It comes with a twist-off top and adjustable straw.
8.Dress your kid up with a Buzz Lightyear costume ($40).
9.Stuff a stocking with a Light-Up Mini Buzz Lightyear key chain ($7) or a Micro Buzz Lightyear Yo-Yo ($6).
1..Get fancy with Toshiba's novelty Buzz Lightyear telephone ($50) that lights up when a call comes in.
1..Find these at Toys R Us or other large toy chains, as well as online at eToys and KBkids. 
Tips: Some of these toys require batteries.   

How to Buy the Right Fisher-Price Toy for Your Child

1.Consider the age of the child you are shopping for. Is the child a baby, toddler or preschooler? There are Fisher-Price toys specifically designed for each age group.
2.Know what the child is interested in. Children who enjoy cooking will love one of the Fisher-Price kitchens. Dollhouses are good for children who like dolls. The Tap 'n Turn Bench and the Workshop are excellent for children who like tools or fixing things.
3.Realize that fantasy play is important for children. The Little People sets, the Rescue Heroes and Great Adventures series are terrific toys for this.
4.Be sure to consider ride-on toys. There are tricycles and Power Wheels toys, which are motorized ride-ons.
5.Realize that many classic Fisher-Price toys that you once played with are still available - the Chatter Phone, Corn Popper and Medical Kit, for example.
6.Look at the line of baby toys and be sure to notice the Slumbertime Soother and Kick 'n Crawl Playhouse. All rattles and teethers are attractive and interesting.
7.Recognize that many Fisher-Price toys have won awards. Some honorees include the Slumbertime Soother, Fun Sounds Garage and Virtual Viewer ViewMaster.
8.See that there are Magna Doodles, Briarberry Teddy Bears and many other popular lines of toys.
9.Decide on a price range. Fisher-Price toys start at about $2 for rattles and range up to $300 for the most expensive Power Wheels vehicle. Most Fisher-Price toys are reasonable and very affordable.
1..Order from the shopping list below or from your favorite online or local store.  
Tips: Don't feel locked in by the age specifications on the toys. Some toddlers may be ready for preschool toys, and some preschoolers may still enjoy toddler toys.   

How to Apply to Nursing School

1.Achieve at least a high school diploma or its equivalent (the GED).
2.Take high school courses that offer a strong preparation in math and the sciences. This sort of concentration is preferred by most nursing schools.
3.Take the SAT, ACT or, for non-native speakers of English, the TOEFL.
4.Research the nursing schools you're interested in and request an application. Keep in mind that some institutions require the completion of certain prerequisite courses before admission to the nursing program.
5.Submit your high school transcripts along with the finished application. (The minimum required GPA for most nursing schools ranges from 2.0 to 3.0.)
6.Include a written essay that describes why you wish to become a nurse and outlines your career goals.
7.Gather and submit the number of letters of recommendation that your application requires. 
Application deadlines vary. Start the application process early to meet deadlines.
Many institutions will require personal interviews and application fees. Contact individual admissions offices for specific application requirements. 
Warnings: Some institutions require separate applications for the institution and its school of nursing. 

How to Throw a Hook in Boxing

1.Focus on your open target.
2.Come with your left from the side, assuming you're right-handed. Image a.)
3.Bring your chin down into the inside of your left shoulder. Image b.)
4.Pivot your toe, hips and hand in the direction of your punch.
5.Turn your hand over so that at the point of impact, your palm faces down. Image c.)
6.Connect with your target with four flush knuckles. click photos to enlarge  
Do the opposite of these steps if you're left-handed.
"The key is to finish flush. You are hooking to get to the side of the head and around your opponent's arms." -Joe Guson