Recently, I asked STAA clients what they wanted me to blog about. The No.1 reply was regarding the emotional challenges of the sportscasting job market — wondering if you’re good enough to achieve your goals.
We’ve all been there at one time or another.
Instead of writing my own thoughts on the topic, I wanted to bring other voices into the conversation. I interviewed a program director and a play-by-play broadcaster — Aaron Matthews from Ohio and Don Wadewitz from Wisconsin. In the interview, they candidly discuss their own frustrations — both with the job market and the career.
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Among the topics we cover:
- The circumstances that triggered their sportscasting job market frustrations.
- The things that happened to help them overcome their frustrations.
- People they leaned on for support and encouragement.
- The unexpected source from where you might find help.
- An unexpected positive that came from time spent between jobs.
- Questioning your ability when you can’t get interest from employers.
- The important thing for frustrated sportscasting job seekers to have.
- The dangerous place where your job market frustrations can have a negative impact.
- Combating feelings of depression.
- Wondering if you are ever going to achieve your dream.
- Job market variables that are beyond your control.
- Suggestions for preventing job market frustrations from impacting your personal relationships.
- The value of a supportive partner.
- Things to appreciate, even when you are struggling in the job market.
- A suggestion for maintaining a healthy relationship with your significant other despite the time demands of your sportscasting career.
- How close one of our guests came to making sportscasting their hobby versus their career.
- Something you can do for yourself to keep your spirits up while searching for your next gig.
- An important suggestion for college students who are considering a sports broadcasting career.
- Perspective on finding fulfillment even when you haven’t reached your career goals.