#TalkbackTuesday 7 – Victor Kaisar

#TalkbackTuesday number 7 – with Victor Kaisar, and we talk about life in a small town, celebrity status, a radio job and staying in touch with old friends.


Hi, and welcome to #TalkbackTuesday, which is where I feature people and interview them. It is always inspirational to look into the life of another, and realize it is just as complex and confusing and large as your own.

This week’s short interview is text-only. For this week, I spoke to my friend from school, Victor Kaisar. See below.

Note: This interview was conducted over Facebook. There is editing for grammar (unindicated).

Q1. For the readers, who are you, what do you do, and what’s your current side project?

My name’s Victor Mario Kaisar, and I presently work in radio. I’m also aspiring to be as cool as Phil Dunphy.

I live in small town Alberta – Athabasca, for those asking – and I’ve been at my job for almost two years. Having finished high school, I jumped ship and moved to North America in 2011 to get into what thought was the fascinating world of radio.

Every Monday to Friday, I wake up at stupid o’clock, and spend the day trying to stay abreast of what’s happening in a small town.#TalkbackTuesday - Victor Kaisar | Thorough and Unkempt

Away from work, I binge watch Netflix, go camping in the summer, and go on two hour pilgrimages to Edmonton to watch a movie in theatres, for a concert or to run errands.

I go two hours to watch a movie in theatres, for a concert or to run errands.

As for side projects, I have many. I’m trying to get a hockey website off the ground with several friends and acquaintances. I also spend an hour, once a week at a school in town with a kid from Grade IV, part of the Mentorship Program and volunteer my time, whenever possible.

Oh, and nap, since on paper I work from 5:00 am to noon, but it’s really much more than that.

Q2. So when you say that the world of radio is fascinating, what aspects are you thinking about? How is radio more fascinating to you than say, Television or YouTube or a podcast?

Fascinating in the sense that it’s different. It’s not being a doctor, engineer, lawyer or an Charted Accountant (cliché, I know. Especially for the young Indian man).

It’s not what I thought I would do with myself when I was in Grade IX, let alone when I was wrapping up Grade XI.

If you’re thinking of getting into radio for the money, don’t. Every month, I’ll look at my bank account and cry (Really!). And I’ll wonder how I kept myself fed, clothed and housed the past 30 days.

Radio is fascinating, in a small town, in that you’re instantly a public personality – everyone knows you / knows of you.

#TalkbackTuesday - Victor Kaisar | Thorough and Unkempt
This is Victor’s Bingo Card. Some days are strange.

I wouldn’t necessarily say it’s more exciting than television though. I think they’re both fascinating. Someday, I’ll make the move to TV, and put that experience I have talking to a camera to use.

If you’re thinking of getting into radio for the money, don’t. Every month, I’ll look at my bank account and cry.

Q3. So where are you right now on the satisfaction scale? I mean, you say you’re making small money but you’re a public personality. Is that fame fulfilling to you as a person? Does it justify a less than extravagant purchase power?

50-50. My biggest worry is working towards Permanent Residency in Canada. If I have grey hairs, it’s because of that. Only that.

I love the life in Athabasca, mostly anyway. It’s a lot of hunting (nope), fishing (if someone takes me out on their boat), sledding and quadding (too broke to afford the toys.) Most importantly, life is laid back.

It reminds me of afternoons in Goa, when stores would shut down for hours for their siesta.

The money (or lack thereof) would help in buying things, but a lot of them are things a twenty-something can go without.

When you’re a public persona, it’s hard to go incognito at times. Sometimes all you want to do it put on a hoodie, walk to the grocery story and buy junk food; but you run into people you know and then talk to them.

I mean, I could avoid people, but where would the fun be in that?

Back to money, it isn’t everything. For now, I’d take a low paying job doing something I love – radio – over a high paying job doing something that I’m beyond worthless at – anything math related; you remember how me and math got along in high school!

#TalkbackTuesday - Victor Kaisar | Thorough and Unkempt
This is Victor, every couple of hours.

Q4. Speaking of which, who are you still in touch with from school? I know you and Francisco are still at it, but who else do you have a conversation with from time to time?

Oh Franco, Arkaprabha, Alekhya, and Saucy quite frequently. Then there is Soham, Apratim, Deepak and a ton more guys (and girls) on occasion.

They say it’s hard to keep in touch with everyone post high school, and it’s true.

A lot has to fall in line before I’ll make it down to Calcutta. I was told in multiple yearbook entries, to stay my carefree, happy go lucky self, and I’d like to think that remained.

Oh, and I’ll watch high school videos, look at Bosco Fest photos and reminisce of a time gone by. Victor Kaisar – High School Captain, what a thrill.

Q5. Coming back to your first answer, you’re doing radio as a career, trying to launch a hockey site on the side, and mentoring a 4th grader. Where do you go from here? What’s the next two years like for Victor Mario Kaisar?

Haha. Two years? Because three, five, ten and twenty are too clichéd? Right?

The next year or so would be waiting on pins and needles for Canadian Permanent Residency to be granted to me.

Once that is behind me, an India trip is on the cards, maybe even a new job in a bigger city. (Victor Kaisar, SportsCentre Host. Or perhaps – From the FIFA World Cup, I’m Victor Kaisar) Who knows?

I’m 23 right now, I’ve got a lot of travelling I want to get done, before the next stage of my life. I live in one of the biggest countries in the world – and I’ve hardly seen any of it.

There will also be a lot of “Do it, otherwise you’ll regret it later on” decisions I make. Good, bad or otherwise, I’ll ask questions later.

#TalkbackTuesday - Victor Kaisar | Thorough and Unkempt
Fun Fact: Homer’s brain was grafted from an extract of Victor’s.

There will also be a lot of “Do it, otherwise you’ll regret it later on” decisions I make. Good, bad or otherwise, I’ll ask questions later.

Q6. Alright, that sounds fantastic and more power to you. Last question: Do you have anything you want to plug – your own or someone else’s? If not, any advice or parting words for the reader?

LeagueItToUs.com, that’s the hockey site we’re trying to get up and running! Get on it!

And yes, for those reading, be yourself.

The chance that things will always happen the way you want them to are ZERO.

Don’t go chasing success, instead do what makes you happy, and success will follow. I think so anyway, so it must be true (Being myself, won me a Canadian National Award in 2014).

Be happy now, everything else can wait.


Thank you for reading Talkback Tuesday! You can leave a follow-up question for Victor in the comments below and I’ll try and get an answer for you.

Next, check out last week’s interview Right Here.