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#3315685 What stresses you out?

Posted by ZackAttack23 on 08 April 2015 - 12:41 PM

1. My homelessness 2. My car 3. Wanting to get to Cali, but no money.

#3295513 Selling My Car And Moving to Southern Cal.

Posted by ZackAttack23 on 23 March 2015 - 10:52 AM

Great balls of fire. What world do you live in that you've set your expectations so high? Acting in Hollywood, and if that doesn't work out, your fall back plan is sports broadcasting?

What this entire thread has taught me is that you are just naive. And I don't mean that in a pejorative manner, but just in a facts of life way. You have a completely unrealistic view of the world.

I can't speak too much on acting, since that's not my forte (although I can tell you the John Casablanca agency is a scam. They take everybody, and charge them $2,000 to enter their acting program. They aren't even an agency; for legal reasons they are an "acting school"). But I can speak to sports journalism. I went to one of the nation's best journalism schools, and here's the deal:

Do you have a dick? Then you've got no shot. 9 out 10 males at my journalism school wanted to be a sports reporter on ESPN. And that's the story at every j-school across the nation. Dozens of highly qualified, college educated men at each school, with a demo reel of aired reporting and editing work.

The people who had a shot, were women. And not even the women had a very good shot. Because you had to be a hot woman. I know several girls who are in the 8-9 range on the hotness scale who never even got a call back on their demo reels. Sports journalism is probably the most highly competitive areas of journalism right now, and unless you are one of the top 1% who are the whole package of hot, qualified, educated, and experienced, you have no shot.

The most qualified, dedicated sports journalist I knew in college (he did live play-by-play for many of the Terps sports, and could tell you the starting line-up for every college volleyball, soccer, field hockey etc. team for every D1 school, in addition to knowing all the major sports) is currently working as a production assistant at a local sports network. And he was the best we had to offer. That's the reality. You don't just "get into" sports journalism with a high school diploma.

You show a stunning lack of appreciation for how hard people have worked to get to where they are in these professions. But it's not your fault; as I've said, you're just naive. You've not done the research or had the real world hard knocks to know what is and isn't realistic, or even possible.

BUT, I think I can offer your a bit of advice, along the lines of what many others in here have said; learn a trade. But the good bit I can add to that based on what you have expressed interest in doing is this: Look up a Film Production company.

When I was in college, I used to earn a couple bucks on the side by doing TV production work with companies like this: http://www.kwokmanproductions.com/

The deal is, every time ESPN or Fox, or whoever broadcasts a live sports event, they don't send their own people, they hire a local production company, who sends their truck, and their contractors to set up and film the event.

Honestly, it was some of the most fun I ever had working. Holding the Parabolic mic on the sideline, running cable, even doing some "all 22" camera work for some ESPN broadcasts. I got to sit on top of the scoreboard, I got to stand on the sidelines next to the players and coaches, even got to talk to a couple players every once in a while. Got to see the inside of the mobile studio and production truck.

And if you really want to get into it, that's where you should look to start. Get to know a bunch of these production companies, and when they get a contract to do a local sporting event, they will put our a call for miscellaneous crew and production assistants to help out the day of the broadcast. You'll run cable and do not-so-glamorous production work, but hang around the right folks, absorb everything you can, and learn how to use the equipment, the switchboard, the cameras, the soundboard, the video editor, the graphics editor. You can do all of that with a high school education, you just need the hands on experience (and believe me, you're way behind on that as well; most of these guys started learning to use the equipment in high school AV club as well).

These guys aren't academics; they're hard-working, blue-collar, down to earth folks with a business card in the right person's pocket. You probably won't ever end up on camera, but you get to be part of the excitement. You are part of sports broadcasting in a very real, very hands on way! If you're serious about being part of film or sports broadcasting, then this is the way you need to go. And believe me, you're not settling; it's great work. Most of these contractors with regular work can still pull in over $80,000 per year. Think about it.

now that is what I'm talking about! Thanks for the advice and I will definitely look into it.

#3294383 Selling My Car And Moving to Southern Cal.

Posted by ZackAttack23 on 22 March 2015 - 10:25 AM

I'm gonna get there on a greyhound.

#3219502 2015 Huddle mock offseason sign up

Posted by ZackAttack23 on 25 January 2015 - 02:34 AM

I hate to do this, but I'll take the Saints.

#2626010 Your reaction if we go DBs in the first couple rounds?

Posted by ZackAttack23 on 21 January 2014 - 04:07 AM

I swear... if Kelvin Benjamin is there and we pass on him...

#2349019 Official Panthers Cuts Thread...

Posted by ZackAttack23 on 31 August 2013 - 06:29 PM

Roh doesn't belong in the NFL. Was constantly getting run over and stonewalled.


But my Adopt-A-Panther.....