What was your first job in sports media?
My first job in sports media was a freelance digital reporter position with Sports Illustrated’s FanNation. I was hosting/editing videos for their Broncos and Raiders websites to start off, then I added written coverage of USC football/basketball along with videos and going to the games in LA. Then from there I added Colts, Eagles, Giants and occasionally SI Recruiting video coverage for the respective sites as well.
What is the most challenging part of your job? What is the most satisfying part?
The most challenging part, but also the reason why I do it, is the pace of the job. It is SUPER high speed all the time, there’s always something going on or changing and you have to be on your toes which I love, but can get tiring at times as well. The most satisfying part is seeing the final product of a piece you worked on that no one else has produced. I am so lucky to be working inside of a team’s organization and I get unbelievable access to the players and coaches which allows me to show the fans something they don’t see day-to-day and I don’t take that assignment lightly. I know how important it is for parents to see their kids and the coaches the kids are being cared for by, so I think it’s really awesome seeing the reaction to the product we put out.
Favorite game or event you have covered?
My favorite game that I have covered was last year when Arizona played Cal and won 10-3. It was the first win in almost 2 years for the Wildcats, and the energy was incredible. The guys had worked so hard for that and it was the best experience to see it all pay off!
Predictions for College Football playoff next season?
Since I am working with Arizona in the Pac-12 I honestly haven’t evaluated many other conferences yet.
Any advice you would give to someone who wants to get into the sports media field?
Don’t give up! It’s HARD. It’s grueling, 24/7 work and even finding a job in sports media is a full time job in itself. There are many days where I wake up and am so tired and think, is this what I want? But almost immediately something happens or someone reaches out and I remember that yes, this is my dream and I will never give up on it. Also, NETWORK! Most of the people in this industry are so incredibly encouraging and want to help you achieve your goals and the more connections and relationships you make, the more advice you get and the better your work becomes. I couldn’t do it without the people I have met along the way and I am so grateful for every single one of them!