Densi Artini presents an English-language travel program on Bali’s only local television station, Bali TV, and has her sights set on one day traveling overseas to further her career in the media. The 24-year-old Bali native, the eldest of three children, lives in Denpasar and shared her day with The Bali Times Bagus Ferriyanto.

Work is on my mind the moment I wake up at 5:30am, but as always, because I’m Balinese, the first thing I do is pray at the small temple in the yard and ask for blessings from the gods for the day ahead. Then it’s time for a shower and to clean up the house, and after that all the family will sit down to breakfast, which is just traditional food like rice and vegetables.

At 7:15am I’m ready to head to the office. It’s quite a distance on my motorbike from home in Denpasar to Bali TV, which is in the west of Denpasar. All the around 400 employees attend a big meeting in the morning and before we get started we pray. On Fridays I’ll put on my makeup and head out to shoot on location – we do a week’s worth of programs in one day. In the days leading up to Friday we prepare the script and decide what we’re going to do.

The program is called Bali Channel and it’s an English-language tourism show about the island. It’s a 30-minute program and airs Monday to Saturday at 10am.

When I’m not out filming, I’ll spend the morning in the office working on the program and translating scripts, editing and dubbing for Voice of America and its programs Health World, Dunia Kita (Our World) and Get Real Music. Sometimes I do voiceovers for other TV programs.

Lunch is something from the cafeteria with my friends. And after everything is wrapped up for the day I’ll head home a few hours later, around 4pm.

I trained to be an English literature teach at a teacher-training college in Singaraja (north Bali), and when I came to Bali TV two years ago I started as a translator.

Then there was an occasion when one of the programs needed a new presenter and I decided to take part in the selection process. When I was chosen I was so happy but I didn’t have much self-confidence at the time – it’s something that has developed. Back then I was quite scared and apprehensive about being in front of the camera. I remember when I presented my first show: I was so nervous facing the camera because so many people would be looking at me that it was difficult to remember the script and we had to do the takes over and over again.

I never imagined I’d be a TV presenter, though, and now that I am I have to continually come up with new ways of keeping views from becoming bored with the program and tuning out.

One of the most memorable experiences I’ve had out with the crew was when we were doing a piece on Lembongan island (off Bali’s southeast coast). We were filming on the crossing in a speedboat but the water was very choppy and was throwing us about and making us feel nauseous – but I had to act as though I was fine, unscrewing my face into a pleasant look.

I really enjoy this work; there are so many experiences, and I get to meet so many people – and have a decent salary. I’m trying to improve all the time, and dream of going overseas to study media and then work in that industry in another country. Broadcasting is such an interesting field because it requires special skills, such as those required in presenting.

Like everyone, I have days at work when I’m totally bored, but I tell myself there’s a holiday around the corner that’ll refresh me and that takes my mind off it. I love going on holiday with close friends.

When I get home I help my mother, who’s a government-employed school teacher, with some work around the house, cleaning and so on. Then I’ll shower and pray again. Once a week I’ll go out in the evening with my boyfriend and we’ll see a movie – I like romantic comedies and films with Drew Barrymore – or go shopping, though sometimes we’ll stay at my house and just chat.

Before I sleep, I’m thinking bout what should I have to do tomorrow and reflect what I’ve done.

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