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Being a freelance is tough but I love the variety, says star Sile


Eddie Izzard

Eddie Izzard

Eddie Izzard

WITH shrinking budgets and increasing competition from US and UK markets – things have never been tougher for Ireland's TV and radio freelancers.

But presenter Sile Seoige says as long as she can keep 'the wolf from the door' she's happy.

"Working in the freelance sector is all I have ever known," she told the Herald. "I have been doing it since I was 18 years old.

"There are some real highs but there are lows too. And the unpredictable financial side can be a little scary. Absolutely.

"I try not to worry because you can make yourself sick when you worry," the 33-year-old said.

"I take it a day at a time and as long as the bills are getting paid and I'm keeping the wolf from the door I'm happy."

Despite the unpredictable nature of the job, Sile says she can't imagine doing anything else.

"I could've made the decision not to do this work and do something more predictable and secure but I didn't. I don't think a regular 9-5 would have suited my personality so much.

"I like meeting new, different and interesting people. There is unpredictability in the field but there's a lot of variety which I love. In a few weeks I get to meet Eddie Izzard (left) – how amazing is that?"

The glamorous gaelgoir presents Shenanigans with Sile on Newstalk. While she's content focusing on her radio work, Sile says she would love to reunite with older sister Grainne on screen in the future.

The two sisters presented RTE's afternoon show Seoige in 2009 but RTE pulled the plug after one season.

"I'd love to work with Grainne again," she said. "Weirdly, working on Seoige was the best thing that ever happened to us. We really got to know each other and see how each other work."

"We thought we were going to kill each other but that didn't happen. At times it got a little heated but it never got to the stage that I was saying 'I am not going to studio today – she can do the show on her own,'" she laughed.

Sile has several TV projects in the pipeline but is keeping tight-lipped until they're closer to completion.

"I have been talking ideas but with TV it's a wait-and-see game. You can't get your hopes up too high but you have to stay passionate."