BECOME THE PERSON YOU WANT TO BE
More than a decade ago, a photojournalist and I were heading back from a story and she said, “I want to do your job.”
I was a little taken aback, because she’s a wonderful person and was a great photographer (is now on to new challenges and triumphs). And frankly, my job is not easy (I know, it's not brain surgery, but it's a lot of hard work). My advice, which I rarely refer to as advice – just my personal conclusions on many screwed-up personal experiences - was this: BECOME THE PERSON YOU WANT TO BE.
When I realized I wanted to become a broadcast journalist, I also realized I needed to make changes. I needed to toughen up. I really don’t like confrontations. I would prefer to sit down with people/companies and ask them questions politely. It’s only when they refuse to answer questions, which they have every right to (except people collecting tax dollars), do I feel a confrontation is necessary.
I also realized, in broadcasting, looks matter. I realized I had to lose some weight. I’m not perfect, by any means and I hope this standard is changing, but that’s reality. At the very least, you have to blow dry your hair, put on foundation, mascara and a suit jacket, even if you’re wearing yoga pants on the bottom half.
And it became abundantly clear that I needed to kiss some ass. I don’t like doing that. However, as the saying goes, you attract more bees with honey. That's how you get some of your best stories. And honestly, a lot of those bees become good friends and confidants.
I’m now at another turning point in my life. I realize once again, I need to BECOME THE PERSON I WANT TO BE. This is going to take a lot of hard work. I need to make real changes. As I told that photojournalist more than a decade ago, it’s not easy. But when you become that person, everything – or at least most things – become right in your world.
Go Get ‘Em!