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A sportscaster friend of mine was telling me that when he graduated college ten years ago, he envisioned earning a six-figure salary that would allow him to own a big house, drive a nice sports car, travel to exotic island destinations at least every other year and allow his wife to not work.
Today, he’s earning close to the six-figure sportscasting salary he desired. His home, while not as large as he would like, is modest and comfortable. Both of the family cars are sedans with over 100,000 miles. The last family vacation they took was to Six Flags America three years ago, and his wife works full-time.
He’s happy. He’s comfortable and he’s grateful for his sports broadcasting career. He just wishes he knew at 22 what he knows at 32 so his expectations would have been more reasonable.
Recently, I heard from a young guy who is doing high school and small college play-by-play. He aspires to one day be the voice of a pro team but he’s concerned with the amount of competition job market competition.
“I am really dedicated to becoming a pro broadcaster, but it’s a bit intimidating to hear how many people are applying to jobs nowadays,” he shared with me. “I get a bit anxious.”
Totally understandable and not at all uncommon. Keep in mind, though, that you control your future. Despite your concern, keep taking steps towards your goals. Productivity decreases anxiety.
A sportscaster friend of mine recently shared his grand plan with me to launch a podcast.
He couldn’t have been more fired up. He was going to build a program that would draw tens of thousands of listeners each week, earn thousands of dollars of advertising and catapult him to a sports talk radio career. His enthusiasm was contagious. He had me really believing he was going to do it.
One month later, he quit. Only a handful of people had checked out his podcast. None of them listened for more than a few minutes and he wasn’t able to sell any advertising.
Last week, there was a story about former Montana Grizzlies voice Mick Holien. It talked about how Mick is selling a bunch of memorabilia he collected over his 31 seasons as the Voice of the Griz.
The story got me to thinking about my favorite memories from my sports broadcasting career. My two favorites aren’t even about on the air stuff.
The best coaches and trainers know that how an athlete spends their off season is vital to preparing for a successful next season. If you use the time off to binge Netflix and eat donuts, you’re going to have problems when preseason begins.
As a broadcaster, how you spend the slowest part of your year will either motivate you to achieve bigger goals or perpetuate a cycle of stagnation.
Brian Hanni, Voice of the Jayhawks, explains how a play-by-play voice is like the old man in a rocking chair.
STAA TV is back! We’re switching to a seasonal format. Season 1 will publish weekly episodes on Mondays now through November 2016.
A sportscaster friend of mine shared with me something that has turned around his career: honest self-evaluation.
More than reading books. More than attending seminars. More than studying other sportscasters, honest self-evaluation has done more than anything to impact this guy’s career.
Each June, dozens of sports broadcasters leave STAA’s annual One Day Ticket to Sportscasting Success seminar brimming over with enthusiasm about their careers. Everything they ever wanted to achieve seems possible. Unfortunately, for many attendees, the enthusiasm dissipates over time until eventually it is gone.
Here’s the key: Inspiration is like bathing. You need to do it every day in order for it to have an impact.
Most job applicants feel qualified for the jobs for which they apply. Nearly as many are confident they will get it. On the occasions when they don’t, applicants might feel emotions ranging from disappointment and frustration to downright disbelief. How can this employer be so short sighted as to not see my greatness?
Those emotions are fine. They’re understandable. I have felt some of them myself in the job market. Keep them to yourself.
Expressing your disappointment to the employer who doesn’t hire you burns bridges.