For years I had planned on working in radio. That did not happen simply because I let my innocence get the better of me.
My first year of college was in radio. The only problem was one of my radio professors was a asshole. I was the only girl in the class that year, and had been warned by some of the second year students that Mr. Jones did not like females in the business and would make my life hell.
He did. I ended up transferring to television mid way through my first year.
I just wasn't tough enough to handle it.
Television became my life for the next two years, as I worked for one of the two local stations.
It was the happiest time of my life, but in the end I wasn't cut out for it.
It just was not my calling.
I had always wanted to be a writer. Always saw myself working for a newspaper or magazine and doing a few novels as well.
I ended up having poetry published in a few papers between 1992-1996. Nothing serious. Got paid $20 per poem.
In 2003 I toyed with the idea of going back to radio. What stopped me was the guy I was dating at the time. Trainwreck was working at that point for the local radio station and I did not want to look like I was doing it because of him.
So I scuffed around the apartment hating him for having the job I wanted.
In 2007 I started working for Second Life Newspaper. A blog for the digital game where I interviewed people in game as their character. But for the first time in a decade my work as a reporter was on an international stand point. I realized how much I missed working in the media.
It's occurred to me that almost all my favourite authors have been reporters/journalists or worked at a magazine at some point in their careers. (Sparkle Hayter, Candace Bushnell, Hunter S. Thompson, Rick Mercer, A.J. Jacobs, Helen Fielding, Plum Sykes) (Anne Rice and Jane Austen are I think the only ones who did not) Even my favourite wrestling personality (and this will crush many X-Division hearts) was Bobby the Brain Heenan, a commentator.
Recently, I have been given a chance to once again interview people. (Indie wrestler, a couple of Canadian musicians, and a few authors)
I personally felt at the top of my game, which is something I haven't felt in years. It's got me wondering if I'm needing to return to journalism?
Being a reporter/columnist is the reason I started blogging in the first place almost 7 years ago. But at the same time, the world of journalism has changed drastically since I graduated from college in 1995. I'm 36 years old, can I get back into the craziness of the media or would it bury me alive again?